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The Masters: Round 2

Jordan Spieth throws down the gauntlet as he shoots 6-under to tie for the round of the day, and in doing so, extends his lead to 5 shots.

Records flying left, right, and centre!

The 21 year old continued his magnificent form and goes into the record books having carded the lowest halfway total in Masters history. Spieth added a second round of 66 to his opening 64 to post a total of 130, one shot better than the previous best set by Ray Floyd in 1976. That also equalled the 36-hole record in any major – shared by Nick Faldo, Brandt Snedeker and Martin Kaymer – and at 14 under is the lowest 36-hole score in relation to par. Fellow Americans Kevin Na and Ryan Moore also shot second rounds of 66 to bring their tournament total to 4-under and into a 4-way share for 4th position.

Hoffman’s in the hunt…

A 4-under round of 68 keeps Charley Hoffman (US) in contention as consecutive birdies on 12, 13, and 14 saw the American bridge the gap to the tournament leader. A disappointing bogey on the last didn’t help his charge but he sits pretty in second with a 2-shot lead over Justin Rose (Eng), Dustin Johnson (US), and Paul Casey (Eng) who are tied for 3rd at 7-under for the tournament.

Flying high…

Dustin Johnson (US) also made the record books by carding the most number of eagles in a single round at the Masters.  After starting the round with a double bogey, the American bounced back by accumulating 3 eagles on the 2nd, 8th, and 15th. A birdie on the would see him 7-under for the four par 5’s and finish the round at 5-under par and in a tie for 3rd in the tournament.

4 Putts Sake!

After a “solid” first round of 1-under, Rory McIlroy (NR) got off to a nightmare start with 3 bogeys and a double on the front 9. After doing the unthinkable and 4-putting from 5-feet in last year’s Masters, another dreaded 4-putt tormented the Northern Irishman which contributed to him playing the front 9 in 4-over par. With the projected cut at 2-over Rory looked to be in trouble with his tournament total now standing at 3-over. With the attitude of ‘new nine, new start’ McIlroy pulled out all the stops and played the back 9 in 5-under par to see him finish 2-under par, and comfortably make the cut.

Still in contention? You decide.

  • Ernie Els (SA) – A level par round of 72 leaves Els 5-under and in 7th position, 9 shots behind leader Spieth.
  • Adam Scott (Aus) – After shooting level par in the first round, a 3-under par 69 in the second moves the Australian up into a tie for 12th.
  • Tiger Woods (US) – A 3-under par 69 sees Tiger tied in 19th at 2-under for the tournament.
  • Bubba Watson (US) – Back to back rounds of 72 sees defending champion Bubba trailing by 12 and in a tie for 19th.

Speaking of contention…

Jordan Spieth looks a force to be reckoned with as he heads into the weekend with a record lead of 5-shots, the question is – can he be caught? For a second I ask you to put yourself in Ernie Els’ golf shoes. You’re trailing by 9, a young gun’s leading the field and well…you’re not as big and easy as you once were. Do you go for it? Can it be done? Back in 1956 Jack Burke trailed by 9 shots heading into the final round at the Masters and came back to win so who knows, with two more rounds to play, anything’s possible, right?

An emotional farewell… 

Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw (US) received an overwhelming ovation as he made his way up to the 18th green for the final time. His long term caddie, Carl Jackson, looked on in his full caddy suit whilst his brother, Bud, took over the duty.  If Crenshaw had one regret, it was that Carl, his caddie at Augusta since 1976, was too ill to carry the bag for him one last time. Undoubtedly one of the tournament’s most famous player-caddie partnerships, it’s fair to say, these two will take some beating!

The Masters 2015

 

Speaking of farewell, that’s it for today’s re-cap.

Join us again tomorrow for all the latest news from Round 3 of the Masters.

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