The Masters continued to live up to its hype yesterday, with a host of twists and turns as players faced a trying test in the second round at Augusta National. Some players managed to hang on while others saw their green jacket dreams fade away, with Patrick Reed now at the top of the leader board.
Five-time PGA Tour winner, Patrick Reed is looking to claim his first major championship on the biggest stage in golf. Reed set the tone at the start of his round, making three consecutive birdies in his opening holes. His continued and after making birdie at all four par-5’s for the second day, he eventually carded a 66 to take a two-shot lead heading into the weekend.
Behind Reed at 7-under par for the tournament is Marc Leishman, who shot 67 yesterday, making him one of only five players in the field to shoot under par on both Thursday and Friday.
Henrik Stenson finished the day with a 70, leaving him four shots off the lead at 5-under par. The Masters is the only Major that Stenson hasn’t finished in top 10, but with two consistent rounds of 69 and 70 in the first two days of this year’s tournament, could we see that record revoked this weekend?
After getting off to a bad start and dropping three shots in the first two holes, yesterday’s leader Jordan Spieth finished his round with a 74, leaving him tied with Rory McIlroy at 4-under par and five shots behind the lead. Rory McIlroy, despite not hitting many fairways yesterday, made birdie on three of the four par-5s and was able to balance his card with some impressive par save to remain under par and well in contention.
If it wasn’t for Patricks Reed's late-afternoon tear, Johnson would have finished with one of the best rounds of the day yesterday. Starting with eagle on the second hole, Johnson carded an impressive 68 on a tough day for everyone in the field, leaving him at 3-under for the tournament. Sharing the spot at 3-under par is Justin Thomas who made six birdies during his second round 67.
After his more than impressive show of golf yesterday, Tony Finau dropped a few places down the leader board, joining Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Charley Hoffman, and Louis Oosthuizen at 2-under par.
With the leader board still so closely packed, we can’t wait to see who will make a charge this weekend and continue the drama at Augusta.
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