We got an exciting weekend ahead guys! Five past major champions viz., Louis Oosthuizen – Winner- 2010 The Open; Adam Scott – Winner – 2013 The Masters; Francesco Molinari – Winner – 2018 The Open; Jason Day – Winner – 2015 PGA Championship; and Brooks Koepka – Winner – 2017 & 2018 US Open and 2018 PGA Championship, the heavyweight among the list and three-time major champion already.
I know, I know when it comes to major, Brooks Koepka turns on his game like fire and gets the job done, that’s what we have been seeing from close to 2 years now. However, you surely cannot count out the Italian and the Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari just yet; he was the one who got his maiden major title at last year’s The Open where he took down stalwarts like Kevin Kisner, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele with a two-strokes gap.
Let’s look after few interesting stats after completion of 36-holes play at the Augusta National –
- This is a record number (5) of co-leaders, all major champions, after 36-holes, at 7-under par 137. That broke the previous record of four mid-way co-leaders set in 1973 (Tommy Aaron, Gay Brewer, Bob Dickson and J.C. Snead) and matched in 2017 (Sergio Garcia, Charley Hoffman, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters).
- Woods matched his lowest round at Augusta since 2011 with a 4-under-68 to join Dustin Johnson, Justin Harding and Xander Schauffele at 6-under 138, one shot behind the co-leaders.
- This was Woods 24th round in the 60s in his 84 career-rounds at Augusta.
- Xander Schauffele shot the lowest round on Friday – 65 (with 13 birdies in 36-holes)
- 65 Players made the cut
- Average second-round score – 68.99
- Average third round score by a Masters Champion – 70.16
- Phil Mickelson played his 100th competitive rounds in the Masters on Friday
- Hardest Hole – No.11, 4.33 (+0.33)
- Easiest Hole – No. 15, 4.51 (-0.49)