The 74th Masters: Studs and Duds at the Halfway Mark

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 10, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Tiger Woods (R) smiles as he talks to caddie Steve Williams on the fairway of the second hole during the second round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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We're at the halfway mark of the 74th Masters. With 36 holes in the books, we present, for your inspection, the "Studs and Duds" of this week at Augusta National.

THE STUDS:

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter: These stalwarts of the European Ryder Cup team hold the 36-hole lead and are attempting to bring Europe its first Masters champion since Nick Faldo. They're the only players to break 70 the first two rounds, and that puts them at the head of the studs.

Tiger Woods: Well, yes, Tiger has been quite studly with his notorious escapades, but he's played like a champion the first two days. You gotta give the guy credit, he's pretty darn good at leaving all that baggage outside the gates of Augusta. He's poised to insert himself into the mix come Sunday.

Phil Mickelson: You kinda expected Philly Mick to be there and he is. You can bet everyone would like to see him and Woods neck-and-neck for the jacket on Sunday.

K.J. Choi: Tied with Woods at 138, and had the task of playing with el Tigre. Choi has been a cool customer the first two days.

Ricky Barnes: The consummate young stud is playing in his first Masters as a pro. He was here as an amateur though, and he's ready to make some noise over the weekend.

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Anthony Kim: Kept the momentum from his win in Houston last week, and plays some exciting golf. He's erratic, but fun to watch.

Y.E. Yang: The Tiger Killer from the PGA is back again, finally. He's flying under the radar, one shot behind Woods and the guys at 6-under.

Tom Watson and Freddie Couples: You gotta give the old guys credit. They didn't entirely disappear on Friday, and it will be interesting if they can survive a course that is getting tougher by the hour. Hats off to the senior citizens.

THE DUDS:

Sandy Lyle: Perhaps the greatest two-round differential by a former champion ever at Augusta. Lyle opens with 69 then goes 17 shots higher on Friday with an 86. OUCH!!

Jim Furyk: Whatever happened to the guy who was among the pre-tournament favorites? With rounds of 80-76, Furyk was a huge dud.

Vijay Singh: The Veej has the excuse that his back has been out of wack. So were his scores: 76-78. Down the road!

Paul Casey: The cream of the European contenders and he falls flat on his face with rounds of 75-78.

Stewart Cink: He's done nothing since winning the Open Championship at Turnberry. Continued to flounder at Augusta with twin 76s.

Shingo Katayama: There will be no Cat in the Hat near the lead on Sunday, as he was last year. Shingo went 75-77.

Paddy Harrington: See Paul Casey. Harrington was a huge disappointment. He shot 74-75.

Rory Mcllroy: Just another young hopeful who couldn't make the cut.

Michael Campbell: Shot 83-81 to win high gross honors. How in the hell did this guy ever win the U.S. Open?

There you have them. The studs and the duds. The only remaining question is which stud will slip on the green jacket come Sunday?