Apr
10
2012
Video: The Big Whiff
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

By now, you’ve probably seen some version of The Awkward Handshake That Shook The World With Laughter, but it really doesn’t get old (and probably never will). I watched it on loop in the press center with awe and marvel, not to mention trying not to fall out of my chair giggling — that would have been totally embarrassing!

Well, the above clip shows Billy Payne going in to shake 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson’s hand and then getting nothing but air. You see, Bubba started to extend his hand toward the Chairman until he saw the shiny green jacket that Charl Schwartzel was holding, so naturally, Bubba turned to Charl.

Awful Announcing breaks down The Big Whiff play-by-play of the famed Butler Cabin, where the Green Jacket ceremony takes place year after year.

As great as it would be to imagine Bubba Watson giving a giant middle finger to the dinosaurs at Augusta National with his handshake diss, I’m afraid a frame by frame analysis of the situation proves that just didn’t happen.  In the most scrutinized handshake since Suarez/Evra, here’s what really happened…

I wish I could say there was one frame that was funnier than the other (well, maybe the index finger nose scratch), but it’s all so simply amazing, and arguably the best moment in Masters history. OK, fine, Oosthuizen’s albatross was spectacular and Bubba’s snap-hook gap wedge off the pine straw on the second playoff hole was pretty cool, too. So was Phil Mickelson’s flop shot on No. 15 in the third round. Still, it’s hard to say…