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World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads the Masters by five strokes after a strong performance on a windy second day in Augusta.
Scheffler carded a five-under 67 to move to eight-under for the tournament, ahead of four players in the chasing pack on three under.
After a dismal start to his second round, bogging four of the first five holes, Tiger Woods salvaged the 74 card for the day, tied for 19th on an over par, at least assuring he’ll be back for the day. weekend.
Heading into round two Im Sung-jae couldn’t repeat his heroics from Thursday but remains in the game after his lap of 74 left him among those tied for second place with Charl Schwartzel, Shane Lowry and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Several big names missed the cut, with Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka finishing six over par after two rounds, Xander Schauffele seven over, Justin Rose eight over and Bryson DeChambeau 10 over.
Blow of the day
Honorable mention to Woods and Lowry for their terrific second shots at 10, but there can only be one winner on Friday as Stewart Cink hit a crowd-pleasing hole-in-one on the 16th.
The 48-year-old eventually missed the cut, finishing on seven over par, but hitting his tee shot on 16 to the right of the hole, only for the ball to roll back and into the cup led to the appropriate whooping of the fans. and hugs from Cink’s younger brother, who also happened to be his son Reagan.
player of the day
Lowry impressed with his under-four round for the day, but there’s no looking past Scheffler, who dominated day two in Augusta.
The 25-year-old had seven birdies for his round of 67 minus five, the best of the day with Justin Thomas, after his 69 on Thursday and giving him a big lead heading into Saturday.
Scheffler was already in the lead when he stepped on the gas after the turn, birding on four of his final seven holes.
Collin Morikawa on Tiger: “I’ve never heard roars like this [on Thursday]. Especially in Augusta when everything resonates a little more. I think we were going down six, and [Dustin Johnson] and I heard Tiger, I think, birdied, and you can hear it. There is nothing like it.”
Schwartzel on his mindset: “I think that’s where I went wrong. The mind is too active and I’ve worked really hard to stay in the present and just try to execute a golf shot and not worrying about what can go wrong because I’ve played too much golf thinking about what can go wrong.”
Cink on whether he would give a gift to his son Reagan, who also caddyed for him on his birthday: “I already gave him the hole-in-one. That’s the extent of my birthday present I gave him the ball. That should be enough, right?
A little bird told me
– Scheffler’s five-shot margin equals the largest 36-hole lead in Masters history.
– Woods maintains his record of 100% success at the Masters (22 out of 22). He has earned a top-five finish in 57% of his previous 21 appearances (12), winning the title five times.
– Cink’s hole-in-one was the 34th in Masters history, though 16 is by far the most popular hole for aces in Augusta, with 24 made there.