It was another tough day for the field in the 2016 Masters at Augusta. The winds from yesterday continued to cause havoc with the field and a number of the leaders found themselves falling down the rungs.
A quick recap of the top three golfers in the world:
Can anyone say deja vu? An unbelievable front nine from Jason Day followed by an unbelievably bad back nine. For the tournament he is -7 on the front nine and +8 on the back nine to currently be sitting at +1. He’s close enough to make a charge but he really needs to figure out how to play the back nine if he’s going to do it.
Jordan Spieth was sitting comfortably at the top of the leaderboard at the end of yesterday but that has all changed. He’s now only one shot ahead of McIlroy after hitting a +2 74 during today. He had a few birdies but also had a few bogeys and a double bogey to bring him back to the field.
Rory McIlroy looked the goods once again and is now, after hitting a round of 71, only one shot back from leader Spieth. He appeared to have greater control in the conditions than the majority of players out there today.
Danny Lee, from New Zealand, is sitting at -2 the card and tied for third spot, along with Scott Piercy. They both struggled more than yesterday with the conditions but are still close enough (especially considering they’re in third spot) to cause a massive upset if they can continue to play good, consistent golf.
Yesterday I said that Justin Rose was close enough to cause trouble for Spieth, today he decided to cause trouble for himself. He finished +5 for the day and that sees him move from equal fourth right down to equal 23rd at +2 the card.
Bryson DeChambeau was making a huge move up the leaderboard until the last couple of hurdles that saw him slide from the top two spots down to even par for the tournament.
Phil Mickleson had his worst round at the Masters EVER, a +7 79, to see him miss the cut after being even par yesterday. Rickie Fowler is also a surprise early exit, missing the cut with a score of +11 through the two rounds.
LEADERBOARD (Day One)
1. Jordan Spieth -4
2. Rory McIlroy -3
T3. Scott Piercy, Danny Lee -2
T5. Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama -1
T8. Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Danny Willett E