Abril 25, 2018

Li Haotong begins his 2nd round at the Masters

07 Abril 2018, 09:08 | Crisanna Felipe

Phil Mickelson Thomas Pieters and Tiger Woods test the Masters course in a practice round on Tuesday

Phil Mickelson Thomas Pieters and Tiger Woods test the Masters course in a practice round on Tuesday

Considering that just the latter two account for a whopping 327 rounds in Augusta, should put Spieth's prolific Masters performances in perspective.

He ran off three straight birdies again at the end of the front nine, holing a 15-foot birdie at No. 9 to stretch his lead. He had scored 51 career birdies there to just seven bogeys or higher.

Right behind? Five major champions, for starters.

Tiger Woods has never missed the cut at the Masters as a professional and he kept that streak intact, although coming a little closer to the cut line than he would have liked to.

The par-3 contest has always been a superstitious kind of thing because nobody has won that and won the Masters in the same year.

It is firmly believed that power off the tee is a requisite for success at the Masters, and certainly seeing names such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas (all over 300 yards and in the top 10 in distance after 36 holes) residing in the top 10 would seem to feed that.

Woods and Mickelson probably don't.

Woods finished at four over, sneaking one shot inside the 36-hole cut line, and was joined by 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott (73).

Four birdies, three bogeys and a plethora of clutch pars.

"It was really windy out there and that's why you don't see too many low scores". If I look at it one way, I mean, in 2016, I went bogey, bogey, quad and then was able to rebound from that. "I'm not in control of my own destiny here".

Woods, who opened with a 73 on Thursday, was among the late starters and followed a ideal drive on the first by missing the green and making bogey to drop back to two over.

He followed that with a third-round 66, which is exactly what he expects he needs now - 13 shots off Patrick Reed's lead.

Still, it ended up being a solid day for the golfer nicknamed "Boom Boom".

Pretty as Augusta is, warm as the locals are, sometimes the best one can hope for is to get round it with one's dignity intact. He made a 10-foot putt - close to the same length of his eagle putt when he won a year ago - to make a 13, the highest score ever recorded on No. 15.

"It was a good day, solid, nothing insane, nothing out of the ordinary".

He rolled in a nine-footer at 14, and his pitch at 15 left him a four-footer. His ball landed on the front edge and trickled within 6 feet of the cup for eagle.

"With the weather conditions (expected)", Leishman said, "we're gonna have to worry about ourselves and not what everyone else is doing". "I thought this was a great year, a great opportunity".

"It's as simple as that and I feel like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't want to stop", Garcia explained.

Stenson (70) was four shots behind.

The earliest campaigners on day two also include two impressive Masters newcomers, Finau on 68 and China's Li Haotong, who birdied all three holes in famed Amen Corner to open among the leaders on 69. Through 17 holes of his second round, he was one-over par on the day.

"I feel like Im in a good position", Johnson said. At the 13th, he found the green in 2 and made his first birdie of the day and first of the tournament on a par-5. At 4 over par, he will play the weekend.

But Spieth made a awful double-bogey, bogey start on Friday and gave another stroke back at the seventh hole.

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