Numerology and the Masters


In 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,' the answer to life is 42. At the 76th Masters, other numbers might tip the winner of the green jacket. Consider the following: numerology or coincidence?

There will be 63 players on the weekend at Augusta National. That's the largest 36-hole cut since 1992 when Fred Couples won his lone Masters. Here are some numbers to keep in mind:

- Couples shot 67 on Friday - the same score he shot in the second round in '92. 

- His 67 was also the low round of the day. The last player to have the low round on Friday and win the green jacket was Tiger Woods in 2005.

- The cut at 149 is the same as 2003, 1994 and 1986. In all three years, the winner (Weir, Olazabal and, yes, Nicklaus) did not break par on Thursday. Neither did Couples.

- The last time a Masters winner was tied for the 36-hole lead, Nick Faldo beat Scott Hoch in a playoff in 1989. Fred Couples finished T-11 that year, opening with 72 - as he did this year.

- The last time the winner of the Masters shot 5-under 139 through two rounds, Tiger Woods won in 2002. He was T-4 through two rounds. Before then, it was Vijay Singh in 2000 (T-2 after 36 holes). There are no ties for second or fourth place this week.

- Tiger Woods trails Fred Couples and Jason Dufner by eight shots through 36 holes. That ties the largest two-round deficit overcome by a Masters champion. Jack Burke did it in 1956. Woods shares a locker with Burke in the Champions Locker Room.