Day 2 of The Masters is in the books and the cuts have been made. Now we set up for the weekend action.
A little rainy weather at the start of the day cleared up by the afternoon definitely giving the advantage to the later tee time groups. Some remained steady, some jumped up the leader board, others fell off, and one youngster made history. Let’s dive into the recap of the action.
Today was certainly filled with loads of excitement despite the early on average scores. The leader after two days is Jason Day sitting at -6 for the day after having a -4 round of golf. He certainly had his “Day”; he was striking the ball well and putting the lights out averaging around 1.5 putts for the day. That’s the kind of golf that will get you to the top. Tiger Woods shot up to -5 under but after some bad luck on hole 15 when his ball hit the pin and went straight in the water he would bogey that hole and bogey one more before finishing the day at -3. Tiger is right in the thick of things though and was showing he is in prime form.
The ageless wonder himself Fred Couples played a smart, solid day. He came in at -4 and birdied his last hole to finish at -5 putting him right there in the hunt for the top spot going into Day 3. Fred Couples didn’t do anything special but didn’t do anything bad either, he just held firm. The original leader Marc Leishman held serve himself starting the day at -6 and finishing -5. He had an up and down day but in the end was able to withstand the pressure of being at the top and go into the 3rd day tied for 2nd with Couples.
Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson fell off a bit, Phil more so than Bubba. Phil went from -1 to +3 barely making the cut. Phil said he was going to be more aggressive and it looked like it wasn’t paying off. Bubba fell only one stroke, but to +4 barely making the cut himself. He just doesn’t have it this year, too long on hits, missing puts. At least he makes it into the weekend.
The real story of the day though has to be the 14 year old phenom Tianlang Guan shooting +3 to go to +4 and making the cut. It makes him the youngest player in the history of the game to make a cut in any PGA Tour event. Even being assessed the 1 stroke penalty for slow play; he was still able to slip in. Thank goodness, because I want to keep watching this kid play and it would be injustice for that one stroke penalty to have cost him. He did make it in though and making it to the weekend has to be special for this kid, because he still has a chance in this tournament. Crazier things have happened; all you need is just a chance.
The Masters Day 2 was yet again a spectacle to watch, the beautiful course, the beautiful weather, for most of the day, and the best players in the world. These players will take the course tomorrow to start Day 3 and continue this exciting action. The live action will begin on TV on CBS at 3 PM ET and live action can also be seen on CBSsports.com. Who is going to move up? Who is going to fall back? Well we’ll just have to wait and see. Let the most beautiful event in sports roll on.
Notable Day 3 Tee times:
Bubba Watson-9:25 am
Tianglang Guan-9:55 am
Phil Mickelson-10:25 am
Rory Mclroy-1:25 pm
Tiger Woods-1:45 pm
Marc Leishman-2:35 pm
Jason Day, Fred Couples-2:45 pm