Abril 22, 2018

Talking Points From Day 2 Of The Masters

07 Abril 2018, 10:06 | Gerardo Tarin

The weather at the Masters is likely to be as up and down as the scores

The Masters- Final Round

Four-time Masters victor Woods has been cheered at every tee box and supportive fans have roared their devotion at every opportunity as "Tigermania" made a comeback this week at Augusta National. Reed had himself his best day ever at the Masters by several miles Friday, shooting the day's low round of 66 and stepping over guys on the leaderboard.

Left-hander Mickelson was only one off the lead when his drive found the pine straw under the trees at the uphill par-four ninth. Woods had a hard time hitting his irons with any consistency, and he also missed some birdie putts that would have changed his status. Rickie Fowler. All members of the 20-something club. Making the safe play and punching out isn't Mickelson.

That caused the left-hander to miss the ball completely and after punching his third shot on to the fairway, the five-time major victor missed the green with his approach on his way to a triple-bogey seven.

65 players with at least one PGA Tour title. But he's performed like a different player through 36 holes, hitting 12 greens each day thanks to some improved iron play and displaying his usually stellar short game by making 22 one-putts.

Spieth rolled in a 14-foot eagle at the eighth, and two-putted from 40-feet for a birdie at 13. He finished second, three shots back of Danny Willett. "Bad starts are tough to come back from", Spieth said. "But I pushed it into the tree and it went in the bushes and made triple".

But he even on a course that he clearly knows so well, winning four green jackets, finishing in the top 10 nine other times and never missing the cut at a professional, Woods looked largely overmatched in the first two rounds. He ended up with another bogey, and his confidence was shaken.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits over Rae's Creek on the 13th hole during the second round at the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 6, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. "Let's make these the only ones.' He was really good at saying, 'Man, you always take punches out here and come back stronger'". "Especially what I've been through just the last 48 hours, with my body and with my ankle, just emotionally it's been a roller coaster for me", he added. I just flat out pulled it. Reed is not going to fall apart, but it is unlikely that he will be able to match the 66 he shot on Friday. I saw it firsthand, know what it takes.

During Friday's broadcast of the Masters on ESPN, commentator and former player Curtis Strange, said, with maybe just a shade too much hyperbole, "with the weather forecast for the weekend, anybody who makes the cut has a chance to win".

The last time the Masters victor wasn't under par and in the top 10 after the first round was 2005, when Woods rallied from 2 over and a tie for 33rd to claim his fourth and most recent green jacket.

"The more you get to play out here the more comfortable you get with the golf course, " Reed said. "But it's all really meaningless unless you go out there and actually do it". I thought the conditions were challenging, but I thought everything about it was a good, fair test. Just cant wait to get back every year after this and Ill do my best and I know Ill have to play my best to get here every year, but it has been a fantastic experience.

If the players are anxious about the weather, they are not letting anyone in on their secret. The only member of that group to win twice is Julius Boros, who was 43 when he captured the 1963 U.S. Open and, at age 48, became the oldest major champion with his victory at the 1968 PGA Championship.

"There's a fine line between wanting it so bad and then also letting it kind of happen", said the 47-year-old.

"Sometimes pars might be a little bit boring and you might feel as if you want to get a little bit more out of your round", McIlroy said.

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