Patrick Reed leads with two-shot at 9-under-135
Patrick Reed shot 3-under-69 in the opening round for a T-4th finish at Augusta National, but that was surely not enough with the best of 87 players present in the field, from around the world. So keeping up his good form through his recent time, he shot another six-under-66 on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Marc Leishman.
“I am from Texas,” he said. “It blows 40 miles per hour and rains every day it seems like. I’d say I like it when it’s challenging.”
And don’t expect the lack of solid major finishes to be an issue.
“If you don’t believe you can win them, then you probably shouldn’t be playing in them.”
This weekend, someone's dreams are going to come true.
Posted by Masters Tournament on Friday, April 6, 2018
The cut for the weekends at Masters was set at 5-over-par and only 53 men were able to make it. Sergio Garcia, the defending champion was also not able to make it with his second round of 78, taking the total to 15-over-159.
What’s interesting to know is his score of 13 at par-5 15 now equals Tommy Nakajima’s score on the 13th hole in 1978 and Tom Weiskopf’s 13 on the 12th hole in 1980.
The overnight leader Jordan Spieth slipped down the leaderboard with a two-over-74 round consisting a double-bogey start, followed by bogeys on par-5 second and par-4 seventh, he controlled his back nine with birdies on 13th and 15th holes. Spieth’s score now totals to 4-under-140 to join Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy, who is looking forward to completing his career grand slam with a win at the Masters, his only missing trophy. McIlroy shot 69 in his opening round and followed it with 1-under-71 on Friday with four birdies and three bogeys in his round.
McIlroy bounced back from a three-putt bogey at the first to hole from 30 feet for birdie at the second before converting a close-range pitch to the next, although he came unstuck at the fourth and sixth holes to slip to two under.
Henrik Stenson, playing his best at Masters
Henrik Stenson celebrated his 42nd birthday on Thursday and finished his opening round for a T-4th with Patrick Reed and on Friday shot 2-under-70, for a total score of 5-under-139, for a lone third position on the board. Stenson has never finished in top-10 at the Masters, his best of T-14th came in 2014.
“I managed my way round the course pretty well today,” he said. “I hit some nice chips and holed a couple of nice putts on four and eleven. I did make a couple of bad swings -real trauma both off the tee and into the green. But overall I did a pretty good job. Anytime you shoot in the 60s on the course you’ve got to be pleased. Shooting that score without playing my best is definitely promising. I just hope I can turn that notch up and see where that takes me on Sunday.”
Top 2 players in the world Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas jumped 23 and 36 spots up from their opening rounds of 73 and 74 with 68 and 67 on Friday and are now tied for the sixth at 3-under-141.
World No 1 Johnson lifted his spirits early after starting the day one one over, making eagle on the second and capping a 68 with his third birdie of the round at the 18th to move to three under, where he was joined by Thomas, who made three straight birdies from the 13th in a classy 67.
Tiger Woods and Mickelson manage to make the cut
Tiger Woods playing his 21st Masters after a gap of three years, he last played in 2015 and finished for a T-15th. Woods has been finding trouble in both of his rounds with scores of 73 and 75, at 4-over-148 for a T-40th position on the board.
He has been hitting all good but driver seems to be an issue which is keeping him fighting to save strokes. He is joined by Dough Ghim (A) (the only amateur to qualify), Si Woo Kim, Bernhard Langer (1985 & 1993 winner), Adam Scott (2013 winner), and Bryson Dechambeau.
Woods is grouped with Ian Poulter, last week’s champion at Houston Open for Saturday.
Phil Mickelson, playing his 26th Masters event at Augusta National is one-shot away from Woods at 5-over-149, dropping 35 spots from Thursday. Mickelson posted 79 consisting a triple-bogey on par-4 9th, a double-bogey on par-3 12th, four bogeys, and two birdies, enough to keep him for the weekend, as five-over-par was set as the cut line.
Mickelson is joined by Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and Paul Casey at the T-46th position on the board, the last group to make it to the weekends at Masters.
Who is going to lead the third round?