US Masters: Day Two

It's all go at Augusta where Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are among those challenging for the lead

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  • 14:01
    Good afternoon and welcome to day two of The Masters. We will be taking you through until close of play which on day one was just after midnight. Many of the big names are contending as well as some not so well known.

    Despit a dislocated ankle Tony Finau somehow found his touch and composure on his Masters debut as Jordan Spieth assumed his customary position on top of the leaderboard.
    Spieth eagled the eighth and then added a string of five birdies in succession on the back nine to card an opening 66 and finish two shots ahead of Finau and Matt Kuchar.

    But going into the second round. Rory McIlroy is just a shot further back after breaking 70 in the first round for just the second time, A solid rather than magical performance from Rory with crucial par saves on the last three holes helped him to a 69..
    The tee times are the reverse of yesterday which means several of the leaders including Rory and Speith are out early today. A list of tee times will follow.
  • 14:11
    Three attractive groupings begin at mid afternoon Irish time with Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar teeing off at 3.42pm and Adam Scott (Aus), Rory McIlroy (NIrl) and Jon Rahm (Spa) straight after at 3.53pm.
    They are followed by tournament leader, American Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren (Swe) and Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) just after 4.00pm.


    (a) denote amateur

    Starting at Hole 1 13.30

    Chez Reavie, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith (Aus)
    13.41

    Sandy Lyle (Sco), Si Woo Kim (Kor), Doug Ghim (a)
    13.52

    Ian Poulter (Eng), Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Patrick Cantlay
    14.03

    Angel Cabrera (Arg), Ross Fisher (Eng), Jimmy Walker
    14.14

    Fred Couples, Haotong Li (Chn), Joaquin Niemann (a) (Chi)
    14.25

    Larry Mize, Russell Henley, Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
    14.36

    Tony Finau, Bernhard Langer (Ger), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn)
    1447

    Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Webb Simpson, (a) Yuxin Lin (Chn)
    14.58

    Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters (Bel), Xander Schauffele
    15.09

    Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
    15.31

    Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar
    15.42

    Adam Scott (Aus), Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Jon Rahm (Spa)
    15.53

    Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren (Swe), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
    16.04

    Justin Rose (Eng), Dustin Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)
    16.15

    Austin Cook, Ted Potter, Jr., Wesley Bryan
    16.26

    Ryan Moore, Ian Woosnam (Wal), Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)
    16.37

    Mike Weir (Can), Brendan Steele, Matt Parziale (a)
    16.48

    Kevin Chappell, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)
    16.59

    Bryson DeChambeau, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)
    17.10

    Mark O'Meara, Brian Harman, (a) Harry Ellis (Eng)
    17.32

    Vijay Singh (Fij), Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Daniel Berger
    17.43

    Pat Perez, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Francesco Molinari (Ita)
    17.54

    Daniel Willett (Eng), Kyle Stanley, Jason Dufner
    18.05

    Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Patton Kizzire, Paul Casey (Eng)
    1816

    Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Branden Grace (Rsa)
    18.27

    Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman (Aus), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
    1838

    Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Thomas, Doc Redman (a)
    18.49

    Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jason Day (Aus)
    19.00

    Patrick Reed, Adam Hadwin (Can), Charley Hoffman
  • 14:22
    Here is a piece from Irish Times writer
    Ruaidhrí Croke on how Sergio blew his chances of retaining the green jacket on day 1.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/...
  • 14:31
    Australian Cameron Smith is off to a blistering start among the early starters. He made bridie at two and three and is -2 after four holes. His group is on the fifth tee box having, Smith having made a 10 foot putt for par at the fourth.
  • 14:33
    Leaderboard
    -6: Spieth


    -4:  Finau, Kuchar


    -3: Li,    Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed, McIlroy, Cabrera-Bello


    -2: Smith (4), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Lieshman, Mickelson,  Fowler


    -1:  Oosthuizen,  Singh, Kodaira, Kisner, Schauffele


    Notables: D Johnson E, Rose +1,  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 14:36
    Leader for so long on day 1 Haotong Li has made birdie on the first hole. The Chinese player, who learned a lot of what he knows about Augusta from watching television, is 3 under.
  • 14:39
    Early starter Ian Poulter has pulled a shot back on the second hole. He made bogey on day one at the first par 5 but birdied it today to move to one over par.
  • 14:47
    Smith just undid all of his good early work on the fifth green. With a 14 foot putt and a seemingly safe par, he left his ball to two feet of the pin. But the Aussie missed the tiddler for bogey and drops a shot.He falls back to -1.
  • 14:53
    Li -3 thru 1 leaves himself a 37 foot putt on the par 5 second hole for birdie that swings left to right. Nicely done. He rolls it up to around two feet for what looks like a safe par.
  • 14:56
    Sandy Lyle, who was in the red for sometime on day one and has a habit of early streaks in Majors that then quickly burn themselves out, is falling backwards. The venerable former Major Champion is +3 after four holes today. He began the day on two over.
  • 14:59
  • 15:03
    Tony Finau makes bogey on the first hole. He also did that yesterday before carding six birdies en route to 68. He had a 14 foot putt that he hit to three feet from the cup. But he missed the short one back. Still early doors for the miracle man.
  • 15:04
  • 15:05
    Leaderboard
    -6: Spieth


    -4:  Kuchar


    -3: Li (2), Finau (1),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed, McIlroy, Cabrera-Bello


    -2: Smith (6), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Lieshman, Mickelson,  Fowler


    -1: Walker (3),  Oosthuizen,  Singh, Kodaira, Kisner, Schauffele


    Notables: D Johnson E, Rose +1,  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 15:08
    Finau -3) hits his drives 284 yards at the par five second hole. It's good but quite a job to get it up from there as he has 283 yards to the pin.
  • 15:10
  • 15:12
  • 15:16
    Cameron Smith is back to -2. The Aussie is having one of those days we have become used to from watching Phil Mickelson. His first six holes of day two have gone bogey, birdies, birdie, par, bogey, birdie.
    And there is another square around his number on seven. Bogey there so back to -1.
  • 15:18
    Miracle man Finau (-3) a 17 foot putt for birdie on the second hole.
  • 15:21
    Finau rolls to 9 inches and walks away from the second with par to stay at -3.
  • 15:24
    It is early doors with Li and Finau on -3 and nobody yet has been able to threaten the lead of Jordan Speith (-6), who will tee off in about 40 minutes.
  • 15:25
  • 15:27
    We are being told by the number crunchers that 17 of the last 19 Masters winners were at/within 4 shots of the lead after 36 holes. That's good news for Rory (-3) right...well at the moment anyway.
  • 15:31
    Finau has just about driven the par 4 third hole. It is possible by going over the trees down the left of the fairway. His ball has settled to the left of the green 46 yards away from the pin. His chip is...good...actually very good and to within 11 feet.
  • 15:32
    Leaderboard
    -6: Spieth


    -4:  Kuchar


    -3: Finau (2),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed, McIlroy, Cabrera-Bello


    -2: Li (4), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Leishman, Mickelson,  Fowler


    -1: Smith (7),  Schauffele (1),  Oosthuizen,  Singh, Kodaira, Kisner


    Notables: D Johnson E, Rose +1,  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 15:35
    Meanwhile Li has dropped one back at the par 3 fourth hole. It took three to get down from 15 yards.He falls back to 2 under.
  • 15:35
  • 15:38
    Mickelson drives at the first..it's high and it's long and is it left and is it in the trees?
  • 15:41
    Mickelson is blocked and has to play out and 25 yards short of the pin. You would suppose with his short game an up and down here is inevitable.
  • 15:45
    Fowler (-2) plays it more conservatively that Phil and has 10 feet for par on the first hole. Kuchar is the third man in this group.
  • 15:45
  • 15:50
    Rory McIlroy (-3) drills his first ball of the day 325 yards. It's a little to the left.Not as bad as Mickelson out left but left side. He has 118 yards to the green.
    Mickelson (-2) makes par on the first.
  • 15:52
    Fowler misses a 3 foot putt on the first hole and walks away with bogey to drop back to -1. Groans all around the green from the crowd, sorry fans, sorry patrons.
  • 15:53
    Rory's approach to the first flies over the flag to 48 feet past the pin. That;s a challenge to get down in two. But putting was his strength yesterday. Honestly.
  • 15:55
    Rory's long putt is a big swinging right to left. It wasn't a great wedge from just 124 yards.
  • 15:56
  • 15:57
    Rory (-3) badly misjudges the swing on the first green and his birdie putt hangs way left. He now faces a 15 footer for par on the first hole.
  • 15:58
    Bogey for Rory, who misses his par putt from 15 feet, tapping in from 12 inches. He falls backwards to -2.
  • 15:59
  • 16:03
    Leaderboard
    -6: Spieth


    -4:  Kuchar (1)


    -3: Finau (4), Mickelson (2), Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed, Cabrera-Bello


    -2: McIlroy (1), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (9), Li (6),  Schauffele (3),  Fowler (1),  Oosthuizen,  Singh, Kodaira


    Notables: D Johnson E, Rose +1,  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 16:05
    Leader Speith (-6) is buried in the trees right at the first and is still 174 yards as the crow flies from the pin. He may have to take his medicine early in the round.
  • 16:07
    Speith (-6) hits between trees and the ball advances but he is not out in the clear just yet and 86 yards short.. His third blow lands 60 feet from the pin. Could the peerless front runner make bogey the first?
  • 16:09
  • 16:13
    All has changed.
    Leader Speith (-6) leaves his fourth stab at the first hole 11 feet from the pin. His fifth blow is to two feet and he's in the hole for six. How about that for inviting the field into the tournament on the first hole of Day 2.
    Speith moves from -6 to -4 and is joint leader with Kuchar.
  • 16:14
  • 16:15
  • 16:18
    While all were consumed with the mini-quake taking place on the first hole with Speith (-4), Rory was thundering back up the leader board. by draining a monster 30 foot putt on the second. The wee man is back to -3 and just one shot off the lead.
  • 16:19
    Leaderboard
    -4: Kuchar (2), Spieth (1)


    -3: Finau (5), Mickelson (2), McIlroy (2),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed, Cabrera-Bello


    -2: Schauffele (4), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (10), Li (6), Kisner (4), Fowler (2), Oosthuizen (1),  Singh, Kodaira


    Notables: D Johnson +1, Rose +1,  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 16:22
    Mickelson misses from 12 feet for birdie on the third which would have put him joint leader. It was a down hill run but he gets his par. Everyone is moving now in a madly hectic start to the day.
  • 16:23
  • 16:28
    Speith hits up the left on two. Not the place to be as he's blocked out by trees. His second only moves the ball a little further towards the green and his third comes to a halt at the front of the green. Nothing straight forward about the long putt either, which will break right.
    Rory smashes his ball pin high on three to the right of the green, the position of choice for many of them. He has a 45 yard pitch in for his second shot.
  • 16:31
  • 16:32
  • 16:36
    JOINT LEADER Rory McIlroy -4 (with Kuchar)
    Rory pitches to four feet on the par 4 third hole after a big drive to the left of the green pin high. That's enough to tempt him and he rolls the rock perfectly. No jitters.
    After a bogey start on the first that's quite a reply.- back to back birdies.
  • 16:38
    Speith (-3) is in crisis. Spieth is in big trouble. Whats going on with Speith? Double bogey, bogey start. His last 3 holes of play +4. Driver & putter both off colour.
  • 16:39
  • 16:44
    Oops Rory is 30 feet over the pin on the par 3 fourth hole. He's also off the green. Some tidying to do here so as not to drop a shot just as he has become joint leader. He's coming at it down hill and breaking from the right.
  • 16:44
  • 16:47
    Rory is actually more left of the pin than over it. But he has short sided himself with 15 yards to the cup.
  • 16:49
    Here comes Dustin Johnson. An eagle on the par five second hole takes him from +1 to -1.
  • 16:52
    Leaderboard
    -4: Kuchar (4), McIlroy (3)


    -3: Spieth (3),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Finau (7), Mickelson (4), Oosthuizen (3), Cabrera-Bello (2), Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (13), Couples (8), Fowler (4), D Johnson (2), Singh, Kodaira


    Notables: Rose +1 (2),  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9
  • 16:52
    Rory's second shot on the 4th leaves him with a seven footer for par. He misses it. BOGEY and back to -3. He's no longer joint leader. No wonder the hole is called Flowering Crab Apple.
  • 16:56
  • 16:57
    Just as it all gets a bit whacky John O'Sullivan has arrived to put some manners on The Masters over the next few hours. Sunburnt in Dublin ! That takes some doing.
  • 17:01

    Got my panda look going after that brief burst of sunshine. Thanks to Johnny Watterson. A bit like the Arnie Schwarzenegger character, 'he'll be back.'  


    So a seven-way tie for the lead at Augusta. Buckle up.  

  • 17:04
    McIlroy (-3) is on board the fifth green in regulation but he's 47 feet from the hole.  
  • 17:06
    Leaderboard
    -3: Kuchar (5), McIlroy (4), Spieth (4), Cabrera-Bello (3),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Finau (8), Mickelson (5), Fowler (5), Oosthuizen (4),Wiesberger, Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (13), Couples (9), D Johnson (3), Singh, Kodaira


    Notables: Rose E (3),  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9
  • 17:07

    Haotong Li (+2) chips in at the 10th. Could only see about four inches of the top of the pin but one bounce and it disappears. He throws the club in the air. He was the only player in the field yesterday to birdie all three holes at Amen Corner and he's made the perfect start to that stretch again.



    Fowler (-2) has canned a monster putt on the sixth for par. The patrons were pleased.    

  • 17:10
    Jon Rahm (+2) wasn't best pleased at the fourth hole. In no particular order he thrashed the sand, threw his club, kicked the golf bag and chucked the ball in a bush. Actually it was in that order. He's calmed down enough to manage a par at the fifth.  
  • 17:12
    McIlroy (-3), one of eight players now in a tie for the lead, two-putted for par at the fifth but his tee shot on the sixth has flown the green and he's about 13 yards from the hole just through the back apron.  
  • 17:12
  • 17:13
    Jordan Spieth fans look away.  
  • 17:13
  • 17:16
    Just to catch up a little. World number one, Dustin Johnson, is two under for his round today and one under for the tournament through four holes following an eagle at the second.  
  • 17:18
    Just to give you an inkling of the conditions at Augusta, the wind is up and the greens are at their fiery, fast running, fiercest. I'll be moving onto the G's for the next burst of alliteration.  
  • 17:20
    McIlroy (-2) takes three to get down from the back of the sixth for a bogey and drops out of that tie for the lead.  
  • 17:22
    Freddie Couples (level) watches as his chip from the right side of the 10th traverses the green and runs into the water.  
  • 17:24
  • 17:27

    Given that Matt Kuchar (-3) is in a tie for the lead with Jordan Spieth (-3) I've decided you shouldn't become better acquainted with the perpetually smiling American.

    Kuchar's christian name came from his father’s grandparents, whose last name was Matthews.

    AND. He originally wanted to be a professional tennis or basketball player.


    You can just drop those casually into any conversation.  

  • 17:29
    McIlroy (-2) hit his drive 340 yards...........into the trees at the seventh.    
  • 17:29
    Leaderboard
    -3: Kuchar (7), Spieth (5),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Finau (9), Mickelson (7), Fowler (7), McIlroy (6), Oosthuizen (5), Cabrera-Bello (4), Wiesberger (1), Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (14), D Johnson (4), Singh, Kodaira


    Notables: Rose E (4),  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 17:31
    Tony Finau (-2) has started his back nine.  
  • 17:33
    Haotong Li took 42 shots to the turn but he chipped in for birdie at 10 and on 12 has knocked it into a foot. So presuming he holes that, he win be five under par for Amen Corner during the first two rounds.  
  • 17:35
    McIlroy (-2) has missed the green right after being in the trees at the seventh. It's hard to escape the feeling that this is a pivotal point for him in the 2018 Masters, or the first one maybe. Having bogeyed the first he responded with a couple of birdies, dropped a shot at six and is in trouble again at the next.    
  • 17:36
  • 17:39
    McIlroy (-2) holes a seven footer for par and will move on to the par five eighth, which is playing very long because Fowler (-2) has just hit two drivers and come up short of the putting surface.    
  • 17:39
  • 17:41
    Having bogeyed the first Rosey (-1), as Butch Harmon likes to call Justin Rose, has rolled in a couple of birdie putts and last year's runner-up is just two back and motoring nicely.  
  • 17:43
    Dustin Johnson (level) with a bogey at the fifth.  
  • 17:43
  • 17:47

    In honour of co-leader Kuchar (-3) reaching the par five, eighth in two, here are more facts about him.

    He got two baseballs at Fenway Park on his eighth birthday and has been a Red Sox fan ever since.  

    He started playing golf when he was 11-years-old when his mother upgraded his country club membership to include golf.

    He played on his high school’s varsity golf team when he was in middle school.

  • 17:48
  • 17:49
    There are 14 players within a shot of the lead. Eight in a tie on three under and six on two under.  
  • 17:51
    Mickelson (-2) tidies up for par on the eighth.  
  • 17:53
    Leaderboard
    -3: Fowler (8), Kuchar (7), Spieth (6), Wiesberger (2),  Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Finau (10), Mickelson (7),  McIlroy (7), Cabrera-Bello (6), Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (16), Oosthuizen (6), Kodaira (1)


    Notables: D Johnson (6), Rose E (6),  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 17:54

    Austria's Bernd Wiesberger (-3) has birdied the second. Super ball striker.



    Fowler (-3) holes another raker, not quite 66 feet, for birdie at the eighth.  



    61 players within seven shots of the lead. I'm a fund of information.  



    Kuchar (-3) three putts having been on the par five in two. Chance lost.  

  • 17:55
    McIlroy (-2) splits the fairway on eight with a 339 yard-drive, 225 to go to the green.  
  • 17:57
    Jimmy Walker (level) is putting together a tidy round; he has four holes left.  
  • 17:59

    McIlroy (-2) shoves his second shot right of the green. He's 35-yards from the pin.  


    Spieth (-2) bogeys the seventh, he's four over for the day.  

  • 18:00
    Mickelson (-2) loses his tee shot right at the ninth. I say loses but it might be on a different golf course.  
  • 18:00
    NEW LEADER: All bow as Wiesberger (-4) rolls in a second birdie putt in three holes.  
  • 18:03
    Anybody who tells Mickelson (-2) that trees are 90 per cent air in the next couple of minutes might get a slap. He watched his second shot career into the trunk of the one in front of him and they've just put out an APB for his ball.    
  • 18:04
    Fowler (-3) misses the ninth green long. He'd better put superglue on his ball because that is one slick downhill chip to come.  
  • 18:05
    Mickelson (-2) has found his ball, the only question at the moment whether he's taking 'an unplayable' or getting a free drop. Unplayable it is then and his fourth shot hasn't found the putting surface.    
  • 18:06
    McIlroy (-2) chips to 14 feet and can't hole the birdie putt. That's a par at the eighth.  
  • 18:12
    Mickelson's (-2) sixth shot at 9 shaves the edge of the hole but runs five feet past and that'll be a stinky downhiller on the way back for a triple bogey.    
  • 18:13
  • 18:14
    Fowler (-2) watches his nine foot par putt horshoe out. He stares at the ball but it's not for moving as they say.  
  • 18:15
    Kuchar (-3) holes from five feet for par. Mickelson (+1) with a seven on the ninth. He's now five shots back.  
  • 18:16
    McIlroy (-2) is in the tree-line on nine. Shoved that right off the tee.  
  • 18:18
    McIlroy (-2) with a super second shot, he'll have about 13 feet up the hill for birdie on nine.  
  • 18:18
  • 18:19
    10-MINUTE KLAXON FOR TIGER WOODS TEE TIME
  • 18:21
    Wiesberger (-3) bogeys the fourth; six-way tie for the lead.  
  • 18:22
    Tiger Woods, without hitting a ball, has moved three shots closer to the lead. Just saying.  
  • 18:24
    McIlroy (-2) doesn't make the birdie putt, he's one over for the front nine but still only one shot out of the lead.  
  • 18:25
  • 18:26
    Typical Philly Mick, stripes his tee shot on 10 and then a glorious mid-iron in close. The man never backs off.    
  • 18:26
    Leaderboard
    -3: Kuchar (9) Wiesberger (4), Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Fowler (9), McIlroy (9), Spieth (8), Cabrera-Bello (7), Z Johnson, Leishman


    -1: Smith (F:72), Finau (12), Oosthuizen (8), Moore (6), Singh (3), Kodaira (3), Berger (3)


    Notables: D Johnson E (7), Rose E (7),  Woods +1, Day +3 , Garcia +9


  • 18:29
    Woods (+1) send his tee shot at the first down the middle of the fairway. Leishman (-2) fairway, Fleetwood (level) bunker right.    
  • 18:30
    Mickelson (level) holes the birdie putt on the 10th.    
  • 18:30
  • 18:31
    McIlroy (-2) in the first cut of rough after his tee shot on the 10th.  
  • 18:36
    There are some interesting characters at one under, Dustin Johnson (8), Rose (8), Oosthuizen (8), Finau (13), Moore (7), Singh (3) and Smith (18).  
  • 18:36
  • 18:38
    McIlroy (-2) will have 27-feet for birdie on 10, while Spieth (-2) three-putted the eighth for a par.  
  • 18:39
    Woods (+1) and Fleetwood (level) both miss the green, Leishman (-2) will have a decent birdie look.  
  • 18:42
  • 18:42

    Par for McIlroy (-2) on the 10th.  


    Woods (+2) off a 339 yard drive, misses the green and fails to get up and down. Bogey start.  

  • 18:44
  • 18:46
    McIlroy (-2) in thr trees right off the 11th tee.  
  • 18:48

    Leishman (-3) did hole that birdie putt on the first green. He is in an eight way tie for the lead.  


    Mickelson (+1) has gone, 7, 3, 5 for his last three holes; nine, 10 and 11.  

  • 18:51
  • 18:52

    McIlroy (-2) misses the green on the right. Left is dead so he ensured that the clubface didn't flip over but that's going to be a devilishly difficult up and down.  



    Mickelson (+1) in the water at the par three, 12th.  

  • 18:56
    Leaderboard
    -3: Kuchar (11), Cabrera-Bello (9), Wiesberger (6), Leishman (1), Stenson, Hoffman, Hadwin,  Reed


    -2: Fowler (11), McIlroy (10), Spieth (9), Oosthuizen (9), Z Johnson (1)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Finau (14), Rose (9), D Johnson (9), Moore (7), Stanley (1)


    Notables:  Woods +2 (1), Thomas +2, Day +3 , Garcia +9 (1)


  • 18:57

    Kuchar (-3) duffs a chip from the back of the 12th. He's still not on the green.


    As it stands, the projected cut is seven over and that would eliminate just 16 players from the tournament for the weekend as things stand now.  

  • 18:59
    That's brilliant from McIlroy (-2), wonderful chip and holes a six foot putt for par.  
  • 19:00
    Fowler swishes his putter in disgust as his birdie putt on 12 caresses the edge of the hole and stays out.  
  • 19:02
    If you have a message for Mickelson (+3), text it to 57355. Don't: they're his scores for the last five holes, which he's played in five over.  
  • 19:04
    Spieth (-2) watches his tee shot on 10 sail off into the trees right.  
  • 19:06
    NEW LEADER: Leishman birdies the second. for a brace back-to-back and moves to four under and the outright lead.  
  • 19:08
    Rose (-2) birdies the 10th and last year's runner up glides into contention. That's only the second birdie on the 10th today.  
  • 19:11
    Rafael Cabrera Bello  RAFAEL CABRERA BELLO (-4) joins Leishman at the top of the leaderboard; four birdies, three bogeys after 10 holes.  
  • 19:12
  • 19:16
    Patrick Reed (-4) climbs to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the first, one of only four on the day.  
  • 19:18
    Leaderboard
    -4: Cabrera-Bello (10), Leishman (2), Reed (1)


    -3: Stenson (1), Hadwin (1)


    -2: Fowler (12), Kuchar (12), McIlroy (12), Spieth (11), Oosthuizen (10), Rose (10), Wiesberger (7), Z Johnson (3), Hoffman (1)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Finau (16), D Johnson (10), Moore (8), Singh (6), Fleetwood (2)


    Notables:  Woods +2 (2), Thomas +2 (1), Day +3 (1), Garcia +9 (2)


  • 19:18
    Spieth (-2) saves par on the 11th. Has he settled down after taking 40 shots to the turn. Started home with two pars on a couple of really difficult par fours.  
  • 19:20
    Fowler (-2) for eagle on the 13th, his ball defies gravity by staying on the apex of the slope. If someone shouts that going to run 30 feet. He's got a wicked birdie putt coming up. It either goes in or...............
  • 19:21
    Kurchar (-3) responds to a bogey on the 12th with a birdie on the 13th.  
  • 19:23
    Fowler (-2) made have breathed on his putt to get it going but despite exquisite distance control, it stays above ground. Mickelson (+3) makes par.
  • 19:24
    NEW LEADER
  • 19:24
  • 19:25
    McIlroy (-2) through the back of the par five, 13th for the second day in succession.  
  • 19:27
    Rose (-2) missed the 11th in two, putted from off the green and came within a blade of grass of running it off the green on the far side and into the water.  
  • 19:29
    Rose (-1) makes bogey. Rahm (+2) is on the 13th in two.  
  • 19:30
  • 19:32
    Cabrera Bello (-2) makes a double bogey on the 11th.  
  • 19:33
    Rahm (+1), bam, birdie.  
  • 19:35
    McIlroy (-3) gets up and down from through the back of 13 for birdie, great touch on the chip and lovely roll from five and half feet.  
  • 19:37
    Leaderboard
    -5: Leishman (3)


    -4: Stenson (2), Reed (1)


    -3: McIlroy (13), Kuchar (13), Hadwin (1)


    -2: Fowler (13), Spieth (12), Oosthuizen (12), Cabrera-Bello (11), Wiesberger (8), Z Johnson (4), Fleetwood (3), Hoffman (1)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Finau (17), Rose (11), D Johnson (11), Harman (7), Singh (7), Stanley (5)


    Notables:  Thomas +1 (2),  Woods +2 (3), Day +3 (2), Garcia +9 (3)


  • 19:43
  • 19:45
    Augusta State product Patrick Reed is the first player with Augusta ties to hold a share of the Masters lead since Vaughn Taylor in 2007. Reed (-5) has started birdie, birdie to join Leishman at the top of the leaderboard.  
  • 19:47
    McIlroy (-3) has about 25-feet for birdie on the 14th.  
  • 19:50
    Fowler on 15 in two, Kurchar over the back in two and Mickelson short in two but not wet.  
  • 19:50
  • 19:51
    European number one Tommy Fleetwood (-2) is on the move. Tiger (+2) on the other hand is too but in a different way; it's to find his ball in some bushes.    
  • 19:53
    Kuchar has, 'a closeyoureyesandhopeforthebestchip' from way through the 15th green.  
  • 19:54
    BIRDIE: Rors (-4) is roaring holing from 27-feet on the 14th. McIlroy's one back.    
  • 19:54
  • 19:55
    Tiger in the jungle and there's nothing natural about that habitat from a golfing perspective.
  • 19:56
    There's more shrubbery around than your average garden centre.  
  • 19:57
  • 19:57
    Woods is going to take an unplayable lie.    
  • 20:00
    I was fixated on Tiger and didn't notice that Spieth (-3) had birdied the 13th. Apologies.  
  • 20:01
    Birdie, birdie, birdie for Reed (-6) and the outright lead.  
  • 20:02
  • 20:02
    Leaderboard
    -6: Reed (3)


    -5: Leishman (4)


    -4: McIlroy (14), Stenson (2)


    -3: Kuchar (14), Spieth (13), Oosthuizen (13), Z Johnson (5), Hoffman (2)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (14), Wiesberger (9), Singh (8), Fleetwood (4), Hadwin (2)


    -1: Smith (F:72), D Johnson (12), Cabrera-Bello (12), Harman (8), Watson (3)


    Notables:  Thomas E (4),  Woods +2 (3), Day +3 (2), Garcia +9 (4)


  • 20:05
    Woods (+4) double bogey but McIlroy (-4) has airmailed the 15th. He had to be about two clubs out and he's lucky he didn't end up in the water. He's got a Kurchar chip X 10 in terms of difficulty.  
  • 20:06
    Dustin Johnson (-2) is upwardly mobile through 13 holes.  
  • 20:07
    McIlroy (-4) has 36 yards to the pin. That's how much he overhit the green by.  
  • 20:10
    Right that's it from me, John O'Sullivan for now. Johnny Watterson has assumed control of the blog and he'll be nursing Rory down the closing holes. See you in a couple of hours.
  • 20:11
    A tricky pitch back towards the green at 15 draws a wry smile from Rory. That's right the ball doesn't quite make it. He's about 25 feet from the pin and from the fringe.
  • 20:14
    The fourth shot at the 15th is decent and the ball of Rory rolls to six feet at this par five.He'll be pleased to walk away with what he went in with -4.
  • 20:15
  • 20:16
    It is par for Rory (-4) at 15. He would have liked a birdie but given his third shot will be happy with par.
  • 20:18
    Spieth is 212 yards from the flag at 15 and he has to go over the water at the front, while the world number one Dustin Johnson has stitched his approach at 14 - a decent birdie chance coming up..
  • 20:20
    Yep Spieth (-3) hits the green. Two putts for a birdie would be nice and the first putt will be a long one
  • 20:20
    Rory (-4) is third on his own on the leader board, two behind Reed.
  • 20:22
    Rory finds the green at 16. It's a long second putt - about 37 feet -but as the players coming in are saying, the wind is fresh and the greens are becoming more crusty and it is hard to get the ball close.
  • 20:23
  • 20:24
    Nicely done Rory (-4). He puts to 12 inches and taps in for par at the par 3 at 16.
  • 20:28
    Leaderboard
    -5: Leishman (6), Reed (4)


    -4: McIlroy (16)


    -3: Spieth (14), Oosthuizen (14), Stenson (4), Hoffman (4)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Kuchar (16), D Johnson (14), Singh (9), Z Johnson (7), Fleetwood (6), Hadwin (4)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Rahm (16), Rose (14), Cabrera-Bello (14), Wiesberger (10), Stanley (8), Thomas (6)


    Notables:  Woods +4 (6), Day +3 (5), Garcia +9 (5)


  • 20:29
    Reed drops a shot at the 4th hole which means Rory (-4) is one shot of the leaders Leishman and Reed at -5.
    Meanwhile Spieth makes birdie at 14 to join Rory at -4.
  • 20:29
  • 20:31
    Spieth at the par 3 16th is screaming at his ball. It lands in the belly of the green. What was all that about?
  • 20:34
    McIlroy hits over 300 yards to the right on the par 4 17th fairway. Maybe too right to get a good look at the green.
  • 20:36
    Apologies way off with that read on McIlroy's ball. He is in pefect position on the 17th fairway and jams his second onto the green. That's a birdie opportunity.
  • 20:36
    Tiger is hanging in at +4. The projected cut and the moment is + 5 and ties.
  • 20:38
    It is a 12 footer for McIlroy on 17 for birdie.
  • 20:40
    McIlroy pushes it 3 feet past at 17 so he's looking back at a short par putt.
  • 20:41
    Sorted for McIlroy (-4). Gets his par on 17 and moves on to the 18th.
  • 20:42
  • 20:44
    Rory. Driver. Power fade. 'Oh Yeah' says a patron at the 18th tee box. That's a wedge into the green for McIlroy (-4) at his last of the day.
  • 20:45
    Fowler closes his round with bogey on 18 for -2 and three shots off the lead.
    Kucher ends with a par on 18 for -1.
  • 20:46
  • 20:48
    McIlroy hits his wedge to 12 feet on the 18th.When/if that goes in he will enjoy tonight's dinner tonight.
  • 20:50
    Spieth second shot at 17 misses the green. 'You can do better than that he scolds himself.'
  • 20:54
    Leaderboard
    -5: Leishman (7), Reed (5)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (16), Hoffman (5)


    -3: Singh (10), Z Johnson (8), Stenson (6)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (16), Rose (15), D Johnson (15), Wiesberger (12)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (17), Cabrera-Bello (15), Stanley (9), Fleetwood (7), Watson (6), Hadwin (6)
    Notables:  Woods +4 (7), Day +3 (6), Garcia +11 (7)


  • 20:54
    Rory misses his birdie on 18 but taps in for par and -4. All in all he'll be pleased as he's just a shot off the leaders.
  • 20:56
    Spieth hits from 60 feet to 8 feet on the 17th. He has that for par.
  • 20:57
    Spieth scrambles at 17 for a good four and happily moves to the 18th at 4-under par.
  • 20:59
    Tiger at the 8th misses his birdie putt from about 10 feet. He's still +4 and he's still inside the cut line.
  • 21:00
    Tiger hasn't birdied any of the par five holes.
  • 21:00
  • 21:03
    Sergio. Defending champion +11
  • 21:04
    The Sergio 13 on the 15th hole on day one is the joint highest score at any hole at The Masters.
  • 21:05
    "It feels okay," said Rory after round two. "I played really well on the back nine. I had chances all the way in so I'm a little frustrated I'm not 6 or 7 under par in the clubhouse."
  • 21:07
    Reed moves to -6 at the 7th hole to takes the outright lead.
  • 21:09
    Tiger at the 9th hole hits a short iron short of the flag. It checks and spins back and back and back and off the green. Cut line remains +5 and Tiger remains +4.
  • 21:09
  • 21:10
  • 21:13
    Spieth, like McIlroy, misses a birdie putt on 18 but very much still in the middle of this Masters' story. He walks away with -4 for the tournament.
  • 21:14
  • 21:15
  • 21:16
    Leaderboard
    -6: Reed (7)


    -5: Leishman (8)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Hoffman (7)


    -3: Stenson (7)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (17), Rose (16), D Johnson (16), Wiesberger (13), Singh (12), Z Johnson (9), Hadwin (7)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Cabrera-Bello (16), Stanley (10), Watson (7)


    Notables:  Woods +4 (9), Day +3 (7), Garcia +11 (8)


  • 21:17
  • 21:19
    Not so sure if this Augusta is really enjoying Tiger's struggle to beat the cut line.
  • 21:24
    Rory had 13 drives today of 300 yards or over. With rain forecast tomorrow he'll be pleased if that is the stat after round 3.
  • 21:25
    Bubba Watson makes birdie at the 8th to go to -2. He's been quiet so far but appears to be okay again after an mysterious illness last year.
  • 21:29
    "Frustrating. The first few holes I hit it everywhere where I shouldn't hit it. I was just a little brain dead which was frustrating," said Jordan Spieth not altogether pleased or displeased with his -4.
  • 21:30
  • 21:31
  • 21:33
    The Tiger putting is not what it was in his pomp. He is missing by several inches and not very often scaring the hole even when he misses.
  • 21:33
  • 21:35
    Dustin Johnson ends his second round with a birdie on 18. That takes him to -3 and nicely set up for day three. Was that a little fist pump from the emotionless world number 1?
  • 21:38
    Leaderboard
    -7: Reed (8)


    -5: Leishman (10), Hoffman (8)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Stenson (8)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Hadwin (8)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Wiesberger (14), Singh (13), Z Johnson (10), Watson (8)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Stanley (12)


    Notables: Thomas E (9), Day +2 (8),  Woods +4 (10)


  • 21:39
    Hoffman (-5) appears to have undone his good work on the 8th by paying a visit into the pines at the 9th off the tee. As ever it depends on whether he has a look out or not when he gets to the ball..
  • 21:41
    Stenson turns on -4 and smiles big after stopping a potential run away train of a down hill putt on the 9th.
  • 21:41
  • 21:43
  • 21:46
    Reed is running hot. He has birdied 7 and 8 to go to 7 under and has a chance again from 14 feet on the par 4 at nine.
  • 21:51
    Tiger at the 11th - the toughest hole on the course - he hits his best approach of the day. A low cut fizzles off his stick and softly hits the green within birdie distance. A stunner and about time.
  • 21:53
    John O'Sullivan is back to cradle you into the wee hours. Enjoy the closing holes of day two and then tomorrow despite the forecast rain it gets even better!
  • 21:57
    Thanks to Johnny Watterson, he's off to take some liquids on board.  
  • 21:59
    Pick a number for Patrick Reed. Let's start with 31 shots to the turn, six birdies, one bogey, eight under for the tournament and a three shot lead. That'll do for starters.  
  • 22:00
    The rest of the field will be hoping that Reed (-8) doesn't dip his bread on the back nine, particularly with the par five, 13th and 15th holes that are eminently reachable in two shots.    
  • 22:02
    Woods (+4), for the second day in a row, has put his tee shot in the water on the par three, 12th, a big fan right, hits the bank and rolls back in. Cue expletives.  
  • 22:05
  • 22:07
    Woods made bogey yesterday and he's going to do so again today. Gorgeous wedge to about two and a half feet. His mood might improve by 0.00005 per cent. He'll drop to the cut mark of five over.  
  • 22:08
    Reed (-8) in the bunker at the 10th, excellent sand shot, about five feet for par.  
  • 22:08
    Woods (+5) makes his bogey putt.  
  • 22:10
    Excellent 68s from Rahm (-1) and Dustin Johnson (-3).
  • 22:14
    Leaderboard
    -7: Reed (8)


    -5: Leishman (12), Hoffman (9)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Stenson (10), Hadwin (9)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Wiesberger (16), Watson (10)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Singh (15), Z Johnson (12)


    Notables: Thomas E (11), Day +1 (10),  Woods +5 (12)


  • 22:14
    Watson (-2) just hit one of the all-time golf shots off the p;ine needles in the trees at 11, with better footwork than your average Strictly Come Dancing professional. He's got the ball onto the green and about 12 feet away for birdie.  
  • 22:15
    The rest of the field breathe a little easier as Reed (-7) makes a bogey on the 10th, all down to his second shot that he shoved into the right bunker.  
  • 22:15
    Hubba Bubba.  
  • 22:15
  • 22:16
    Stenson (-4) decides not to use the putter on the 11th, chipping in for a birdie.  
  • 22:19
    Watson makes a par on the 11th. Otherworldy effort.  
  • 22:19
  • 22:22
    Leaderboard
    -7: Reed (10)


    -5: Leishman (12), Hoffman (10)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Stenson (11)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Hadwin (10)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Watson (11)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (17), Singh (15), Z Johnson (13)


    Notables: Thomas E (12), Day +1 (11),  Woods +5 (12), Garcia +15 (12)


  • 22:24
    Stenson (-4) gets a member's bounce at the 12th. Flew the green and then kicked straight back from the shrubbery into the bunker.  
  • 22:27
    Singh (level) has bogeyed three of the last five holes having been three under for the tournament standing   on the 12th tee.  
  • 22:31
    Rich Beem: "It's just slipping away from the defending champion." Eh, Sergio Garcia's 14 over, that's careering down a mountainside, Rich.  
  • 22:32
    Woods' (+4) 50-foot eagle putt finish within tap in range on the 13th and he obliges with a birdie.
  • 22:33
    Leishman (-6) with a super up and down for birdie on the 13th. He's one behind Reed, who holes from seven feet for par on the 11th.  
  • 22:33
  • 22:34
    I should have told you, that Woods' birdie was his first on a par five in the tournament to date.  
  • 22:40
    Charley Hoffman's (-5) tee shot on the 12th finished in the middle of the lake. You'd need to be a strong swimmer just to get to the far side from where his ball disappeared. There's misclubbing and there's a"fat fan" is how it was described in commentary.    
  • 22:43
    Reed (-7) is spooked by Hoffman's effort and promptly dumps his tee shot over the back of the green and Hadwin (-2) tugs his appreciably left.  
  • 22:43
    Charley Hoffman  Hoffman   is even money to make a double bogey after chipping to the back apron.  
  • 22:47
    Hoffman (-3) makes double bogey on 12.  
  • 22:48
  • 22:51
    Reed (-7) gets up and down from the back bunker. That's consecutive holes that he's rolled in testing putts. His closest pursuers are falling away. Hoffman makes double on 12. Leishman (-5) drops a shot on the 14th.  
  • 22:51
  • 22:54
    Leaderboard
    -7: Reed (12)


    -5: Leishman (14)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Stenson (12), Hoffman (12)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Watson (12)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (F: 73), Matsuyama (15), Z Johnson (14), Thomas (13), Hadwin (12)


    Notables: Day +2 (12),  Woods +4 (14), Garcia +16 (13)


  • 22:55
    As things stand now, McIlroy and Spieth would be out in the second last group on Saturday. Still an hour's play left though.  
  • 22:58
    Two-time Masters champion Watson (-3) looms into view of the leaders with a birdie on the 13th. Justin Thomas (-2) goes birdie, birdie on 13 and 14.  
  • 23:07
    I thought Bubba Watson's shot was sensational but Marc Leishman take a bow son. Blocked out by the trees for his second on the 15th he must have hooked it 30-40 yards in the air clearing the water and coming to rest about 10 feet from the hole. He'll have that for eagle.  
  • 23:10
    Reed (-8) birdies the 13th. He's one-putted more than half of the holes he's play to date in his second round.  
  • 23:11
  • 23:12
  • 23:14
    Stenson (-4) birdies the 14th. It's been all pictures no sound with his caddie since the 12th but there appears to have been a slight thawing.  
  • 23:16
    Leishman (-7) is actually six feet away...................and he holes the eagle putt. Stunning second shot got a just reward.  
  • 23:17
    Woods (+3) birdies a second par five in the round and Fleetwood (level) manages a similar score.  
  • 23:18
    Reed has a kick-in birdie at the 14th. Wonderful second shot. McIlroy and Spieth won't be enjoying their dinner if they're keeping track of what's going on.  
  • 23:18
  • 23:19
    Leaderboard
    -8: Reed (13)


    -7: Leishman (14)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Stenson (14)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Watson (14), Hoffman (13)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Thomas (14), Hadwin (13)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (F: 73), Matsuyama (16), Z Johnson (16)


    Notables: Day +2 (14),  Woods +3 (15), Garcia +15 (14)


  • 23:20
  • 23:23
    Reed (-9) strides off the the par five, 15th looking to get to double figures under par.  
  • 23:29
    Woods (+4) bogeys the 16th. Leishman (-7) hits a great birdie putt that refuses to drop.  
  • 23:34
    Thomas (-3) grabs another birdie, this time the par five, 15th. Three in succession.  
  • 23:34
  • 23:35
    Want to watch some highlights from Rory McIlroy's second round. Here you go.  
  • 23:35
  • 23:36
    Watson gets wet on the 15th with his second shot.  
  • 23:36
    Leaderboard
    -9: Reed (14)


    -7: Leishman (16)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Stenson (14)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Watson (14), Hoffman (14)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Thomas (14), Hadwin (14)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (F: 73), Matsuyama (17), Z Johnson (16)


    Notables: Day +2 (14),  Woods +4 (16), Garcia +15 (15)


  • 23:36
  • 23:39
    Paul Casey (+5) shoots a second round 75.  
  • 23:40
    Matsuyama (level) bogeys the last, three putts, for a 71.  
  • 23:42
  • 23:43
    Reed (-9) in position A after the tee shot on the 15th.  
  • 23:47
    Reed (-9) 203 yards to thehole on 15; the exactly same yardage that McIlroy had. The American will be hoping that he doesn't fly the green.  
  • 23:50
    Reed (-9) shoves his seven iron a little right and a couple of paces through the back. He's odds-on to make par and probably even money for birdie. It's a fiddly chip shot but Reed's been superb all day on and around the greens.  
  • 23:50
  • 23:51
    Woods (+4) standing on the 18th tee needing no worse than bogey to make the weekend.  
  • 23:53
    Poor tee shot from Leishman on the 18th. Will have to hit a low slice to make the green.  
  • 23:59
    Reed (-10) gets up and down with ease, a five footer back up the hill after his chip. He's three clear of Leishman and six ahead of McIlroy, Spieth and Stenson.  
  • 23:59
    The biggest comeback from a 36-hole deficit by a winner is eight strokes by Jackie Burke Jr. in 1956. Ken Venturi led at 66-69 but finished 75-80 and lost to Burke (72-71-75-71) by a shot.
  • 23:59
  • 00:01
    The pace of play is a disgrace. The last match has been on the course for five hours and have three holes to play. I'm not happy but the consolation is that I can hear some of the bands at the Trinity Ball.  
  • 00:03
  • 00:07
    Woods (+4) signs for a 75 He's 14 shots behind Patrick Reed but will play the weekend. Leishman (-7) makes a superb par at the last for a 67. Go Aussie.  
  • 00:07
    Leaderboard
    -10: Reed (15)


    -7: Leishman (F: 67)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74), Stenson (16)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Thomas (17), Hoffman (15)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Watson (16), Hadwin (15)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (F: 73)


    Notables: Day +3 (16),  Woods +4 (F: 75), Garcia +16 (17)


  • 00:08
    Tommy Fleetwood (level) with a pair of 72s.  
  • 00:08
  • 00:10
    LEADER BOGEY ALERT. Even Homer nods, Reed (-9) misses a six foot par putt on the 16th.
  • 00:12
    Stenson (-5) makes birdie on the 17th, so too Jason Day (+2).  
  • 00:12
  • 00:19
    Justin Thomas (-3), 74, 67.
  • 00:23
    Reed (-9) pulled tee shot, decent recovery, lovely chip to four and a half feet and will have that for par.  
  • 00:26

    Stenson (-5) will play with Rory McIlroy (-4) in the second last group on Saturday.  


    Reed (-9) with one to play after a par on the 17th.  

  • 00:29
    Augusta member Jeff Knox will be getting his clubs out of the garage. 53 players look like making the weekend so he'll play as a marker in the first pairing out. I'm just trying to work out with whom he will be playing.  
  • 00:30
    Watson (-2) adds a 69 to yesterday's 73.  
  • 00:31
    Spieth will play alongside Dustin Johnson in the third last match and the final game on the course on Saturday will be Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed.  
  • 00:35
    Five hours and 35 minutes and counting for the final threeball.  
  • 00:36
    Some pairings for your delectation. Bubba-Rose, JThomas-Finau, Jordan-Dustin, Rory-Henrik, Leish-Reed
  • 00:38
    Hadwin is playing the 18th like a 12-handicapper.  
  • 00:38
    Reed (-9) watches his second shot roll back off the front of the green.  
  • 00:43

    Reed (-9) chips to a foot. He'll tap in for a 66. A superb round that included nine birdies. Two clear of Marc Leishman.


    Hadwin (level) suffers a double bogey on the last. Hoffman (-2) finishes with a par.    

  • 00:44
    Ruaidhri Croke will take you through the weekend at the US Masters. He's a plus five handicap blogger. Join him, it'll be worth it. Thanks for your comments and company.  
  • 00:48
    Leaderboard
    -9: Reed (F: 66)


    -7: Leishman (F: 67)


    -5: Stenson (F: 70)


    -4: McIlroy (F: 71), Spieth (F: 74)


    -3: D Johnson (F: 68), Thomas (F: 67)


    -2: Finau (F: 74), Fowler (F: 70), Oosthuizen (F: 71), Rose (F: 70), Watson (F: 69), Hoffman (F: 73)


    -1: Smith (F:72), Kuchar (F: 75), Rahm (F: 68), Wiesberger (F: 73)


    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 75), Garcia +15 (F: 78)