Spieth Maintains Masters Lead
Jordan Spieth, the defending Masters champion, maintained his lead at Augusta after two rounds, shooting 74 and finishing at -4, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy in a round that included 4 birdies and bogeys at 16 and 17.
McIlroy, who birdied holes 2, 3, 13 and 15, and sunk a 40 footer on 16 for birdie, picking up 3 shots in his last six holes, shooting 71 to finish at -3, is looking to win the masters to complete his career grand slam said: “I feel that I have got some unfinished business here.”
Danny Lee who made 3 birdies in his round of 74 and Scott Piercy, who also made 3 birdies in his round of 72 are tied for third at -2.
Soren Kjeldsen, Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker are one shot behind at -1.
Seven players are tied on level par: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Daniel Berger, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson Shane Lowry and Danny Willett. DeChambeau, the amateur, was 3 under standing on the 18th tee, but made a triple-bogey to finish with a level par round of 72.
Jason Day, one of the tournament favourites is one over par after 36 holes after shooting 73 in a round that included 3 birdies.
Only four players had sub-par rounds and no one shot less than 70 for the first time since 2007. McIlroy, Daniel Berger, Dustin Johnson and Troy Merritt all shot 71, the low round of the day, in windy conditions, that saw many players moving over par.
With the cut set at +6 Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson, all former Masters champions, will not qualify.
Bernd Wiesberger is sitting just off the pace at +1, Adam Scott shot 72 to finish at +4, Martin Kaymer is at +5, and Bubba Watson who is the final qualifier finishing at +6.
Day 3 at the Masters may well offer more tough conditions, but rest assured you can expect more great golf from the 57 remaining players at Augusta.