The 1996 golf season has reached the midway point, a perfect time to take a look at some of the highlights and lowlights so far this year. Let's go to the videotape.
Best Round Under Pressure. Nick Faldo's 67 at Augusta ranks with the 67s shot by David Graham (1981 U.S. Open) and Ben Hogan (1951 U.S. Open) among the finest final rounds in the history of the majors. Faldo did not miss a fairway or a green. Still, his play was overshadowed by the crash of Greg Norman.
Worst Wilt. See above.
Worst Wilt, Single Hole. John Daly rang up a 12 on the par-58th during the second round of the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta. Daly hit into the same creek twice and the second time tried to play out, whiffing three times.
Best Nickname. "Lumpy," for Honda Classic winner Tim Herron.
Best Star Turn. Lee Trevino earned $40,000 for saying "Grizzly Adams did have a beard" in Happy Gilmore.
Hottest Clubs. The Great Big Bertha driver and any putter made by Odyssey.
Best Four Rounds. Turn to page G8 and read all about it.
Most Exciting Finish. Phil Mickelson went head-to-head against Justin Leonard in overtime in the Phoenix Open, the first time the former NCAA champs have squared off on the Tour. Mickelson won on the third playoff hole, depriving Leonard of his first pro win.
Most Disappointing. Bogeys on the last two holes of the U.S. Open by Davis Love III included a three-jack from 18 feet at the 18th that kept him from forcing a playoff. How can anybody leave that first putt short? But the next one, the downhill three-footer, we've all missed.