Second Round Update — The 79th Masters Tournament — Augusta National Golf Club — Augusta, Georgia —
Jordan Spieth continues to lead the 79th Masters following his opening-round 8-under-64.
Day two scoring appears to be more challenging among the early tee times. And with expected breezes to blow and potential rain and thunderstorms looming, those in the afternoon tee times might be at a disadvantage.
Spieth is 2-under through five holes Friday in round two to reach 10-under and stretch his overnight lead to five shots over Ernie Els (even through eight holes) and Charley Hoffman, who just began his round. Also at T-2 at 5-under is Jason Day and Justin Rose, who are beginning their second 18 holes.
Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who lost here at Augusta to Bubba Watson in a playoff in 2012, is making a big move Friday. He is 4-under through eight holes to reach 4-under overall. He is now T-6 alongside Sergio Garcia and Russell Henley, who tee of later today.
Tiger Woods opened with birdie at No. 1 to kick off his second round. He is now even overall and T-30 at the moment.
Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson tees off in the afternoon wave. He posted a 2-under round of 70 on Thursday along with two of the pre-tournament favorites Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and defending champion Watson are both at 71 after 18 holes.
Other Golf news:
- Low 50s and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead earn weekend tees times at Augusta. Former champion Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Martin Kaymer are all in danger of missing the weekend at the moment. They need solid rounds to make the cut.
- Spieth’s 64 was just one shot shy of the best round ever in a major championship. Spieth, who has three victories in his last 11 worldwide starts, was runner-up last year to Watson. He is now 4th in the world rankings.
- Playoffs have decided two of the last three Masters tournaments. The last champion to win by more than three shots was Woods back in 1997 when he captured the Green Jacket by 12 shots.
- The average age of Masters champions is 32.