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REVIEW: The Masters – Round 2

10 April 2012

Following yesterday’s (link to yday article) excitement, round 2 on Friday started overcast, cold and windy but finished in glorious sunshine with some major changes to the leaderboard. Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood had a reasonable round battling against the changing weather conditions and strong breeze, but fell short at the 18th with a double bogey, finishing on 73 and one stroke away from the new leaders. He was not alone; the 18th turned out to be statistically the toughest hole of the day reducing players to bogeys left right and center.

After a double bogey on the second South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen turned his game around and hit eight straight pars before scoring a couple of birdies to finish even, tied in third with Westwood, Garcia and McIlroy. Rory McIlroy had an extremely good round, improving on Thursday’s play. Three birdies on the front nine saw him rise up the table where he continued to hold his own. The back nine, including the 18th, seemed to cause him less trouble than most and he finished his round 3 under with 69, in a great position for the weekend’s action.

The disappointments continued for Tiger Woods who, after a mediocre first round, seemed lost and confused on day two at The Masters. His round started well with two birdies on the 1st and 3rd holes but he soon lost his way; there were no more birdies to be seen and instead a couple of bogeys hit the scorecard. His day finished on 75… 3 over! He now finds himself in a small group at tied 41st!

The shock of the day was for dear Fred Couples. He really showed the youngsters how to do it and after a fantastic round found himself top of the leaderboard with Jason Dufner. A bogey on the first wasn’t an ideal start but he cast it aside and promptly starting finding par and putting birdies; he even tamed the 18th and with that final par finished 5 under.
Following the imminent cut, round 3 is bound to be even more exciting with hopefully more changes at the top. Join us tomorrow to see how the new leaders coped with the start of the weekend’s play.