A Friday unlike any other continues with Victor Hovland, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm sharing the top spot. Leaderboard Entering the second round Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Currently, Koepka is flying the flag for the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, struggled to a 2-over 74, putting him nine strokes off the pace. Woods is bidding for his sixth Masters title.
Weather can be a major factor in moving the tournament forward. According to AccuWeatherAugusta, Georgia has a 96% chance of rain on Friday and a 98% chance on Saturday.
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Tiger Woods saves par on No. 11, but another weather delay is called
Tiger Woods finished 2-over with confidence on the 11th, projecting a weekend cut line. He hit a drive 336 yards to the left of the fairway, but he missed the green on his approach. Woods avoided a costly bogey with a clutch putt.
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Soon after Woods sank his long putt, the horns started blowing again at Augusta National to signal another weather delay. People shouted and did not budge despite calls to leave.
Jon Rahm sank back-to-back birdies and moved into 2nd place
World No. 3 Jon Rahm made consecutive birdies on the eighth and ninth holes to finish second in the tournament. He sits 9-under through nine holes, three strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka.
Rahm edged out amateur Sam Bennett, who shot a 4-under 68 and moved to 8-under for the tournament.
As Friday’s drama wraps up, this could be the final weekend team of Koepka, Rahm and Bennett.
Tiger Woods makes a birdie putt after a short weather delay
Tiger Woods has made 22 consecutive cuts at the No. Woods has made 22 consecutive cuts at the Masters to move to 2-over for the tournament, the longest active streak and the second-longest in history.
Play was briefly delayed due to severe weather in the area, but action resumed half an hour after the horns blew at Augusta National.
Temperatures are expected to drop in the late afternoon and evening, with winds now shifting out of the northeast.
Play was suspended as Rory McIlroy finished +5
Play in the second round of the Masters was suspended after 3pm ET due to a weather warning. Raindrops were falling and there were ominous clouds and severe weather in the area.
It was not immediately known when play would resume on Friday.
Meanwhile, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy shot a 5-over 77 and is likely to miss the 5-over cut for the tournament. The cutoff is expected to be +1 or +2. McIlroy is still looking for his first Masters victory, which would make him the fifth golfer to complete a career Grand Slam.
Tiger Woods was 3-over for the match and was playing the ninth hole when play was suspended.
Scheffler had the worst round of his Masters career; Amateur makes it look easy
Defending Masters champion Scottie Scheffler shot a 3-over 75. A disappointing second round for the world no. Scheffler has only taken an over-par Masters round once before, doing so on a Thursday in 2021.
Scheffler birdied just one hole and posted two bogeys and a double bogey on Friday.
Meanwhile, amateur Sam Bennett shot a 4-under 68 to finish the tournament at 8-under and tied for second behind Brooks Koepka (-12). Bennett, who is vying to become the first amateur to win a Masters title, could find himself in the final group this weekend.
Raindrops begin to fall as the field takes shape
Raindrops started falling around 2pm in the second round, but the playing conditions were not immediately affected. Heavy rain was expected through the afternoon and evening.
Brooks Koepka became the fourth golfer in history to open two rounds with scores of 67 or better and lead the field at 12-under for the tournament. Amateur Sam Bennett finished second through 16 holes of the second round at 8-under.
Victor Hovland and John Rahm sit tied for third at 6-under and Colin Morikawa is at 5-under.
Meanwhile, both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were in danger of missing the cut. With the current projected 2-over cut, Woods was the world No. 2 golfer, McIlroy, at 4-over for the tournament.
Jason Day fumbled; McIlroy in trouble; Another bird from Bennett
After briefly being 9-under and three strokes ahead, Jason Day finished with a double-bogey on 15 and a bogey on 16 to finish at 6-under.
Meanwhile, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy sits at 5-over for the tournament through 11 holes and is in danger of missing the cut, predicted to be at 1-over.
Amateur Sam Bennett continued his incredible form with a birdie at No. 13 to move into a tie for second place and a six-stroke lead.
Tiger tees off; Scheffler still struggles; Amateur in competition
Tiger Woods teed off on No. 1 to begin his second round of the Masters. The five-time winner was tied for 54 in the 2nd over.
Meanwhile, defending champion Scotty Scheffler ended his disappointment Friday at No. He found himself posting a double bogey on the 9th. He was 2-under through 11 holes.
Amateur Sam Bennett tied for 6th, moving to 6-under for the tournament, six shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, who shot a 5-under 67 on Friday. No amateur has ever won the Masters.
Scheffler makes the first birdie in a disappointing second round
Defending Masters champion Scotty Scheffler made a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole after showing signs of frustration throughout the front nine.
Scheffler no. Drove 1 and went for par on holes 2-7. The 26-year-old missed several intermediate birdie putts along the way and now sits at 4-under for the tournament and even for the day.
Brooks Koepka continues his second-round lead and leads the Masters at 12-under through 15 holes. Jason Day charges Friday and sits second in the 8 to 10-year-old.
McIlroy struggles early; Spieth, Morikawa move up the leaderboard
Brooks Koepka no. Still holding a four-shot lead after a birdie on 13, others are trying to join him at the top.
Colin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth are each at 5-under, while Rory McIlroy is 12th off the lead after back-to-back bogeys. Jason Day finished his front nine and is four off the pace at 7-under.
The projected cut-off line is at 2-over.
Jason Day charges, Brooks Koepka now at 10-under
After paring the first hole, the day was tied for second with two straight birdies on 2 and 3. Victor Hovland and Jon Rahm are 7-under, but are expected to play the course on Friday afternoon. The weather starts to turn bad. Justin Rose and Zach Johnson were among the 12 players who played at even par early in the second round.
Koepka has his way with the Par 5 in the second round, par 5 no. Made eagle on 10 and is now three shots clear of the second-place golfer.
Koepka increases lead
Brooks Koepka is trying to ensure he remains one of the leaders ahead of the expected weather onslaught, which is sure to make things difficult for the later fielders. Koepka made par on three of the first four holes, made par and took an outright lead on the par-5 second hole.
Others who made it into the second round included Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland and Jason Day.
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Co-leader Victor Hovland is tied with John Rahm and Brooks Koepka at 7-under par. Xander Schauffele is tied for sixth at 4-under par.
Woods, meanwhile, entered the day at 54 at 2-over-par.
Co-leader Brooks Koepka exited in the second round
Koepka leads at 7-under, one of 14 rounds at a major he’s led since 2017. He had eight birdies, nine pars and one bogey during his first round. He started his second round on one of the earlier tees and parred the first hole to be 7-under.
The weather is not expected to be pleasant on Friday afternoon, so officials have increased tee times by 30 minutes. Jose Maria Olazabal and Cameron Champ will begin the second round at 7:30 a.m. ET.
Here is a complete list of tee times for Friday’s second round.
The 2023 Masters field consisted of 18 LIV golfers, six of whom had previously won the green jacket.
Here are those golfers and how they fared in the first round:
Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010 Masters champion) – 1 under, tied for 26th
Bubba Watson (2012, 2014 champion) – 5 over, tied for 78th
Dustin Johnson (2020 champion) – 1 under, tied for 26th
Patrick Reed (2018 champion) — 1 under, tied for 26th
Sergio Garcia (2017 champion) – 2 over, tied for 54th
Charles Schwartzel (2011 champion) – 2 over, tied for 54th
Brooks Koepka – 7 under, tied for lead
Bryson DeCambeau – 2 over, even par 54
Cameron Smith – 2 under, tied for 17th
Louis Oosthuizen – 4 left, 73rd par
Mito Perera – 2 over, par for 54
Joaquin Niemann – 1 under, tied for 26th
Kevin Na – withdrew after nine holes due to illness
Abraham Anser — tied for 37th, though
Thomas Peters – 2 over, tied for 54th
Harold Warner III – even tied for 37th
Jason Kokrak – 1 over, par for 45
Talor Gooch – Even, tied for 37th
While the PGA Tour considers the Masters an official event, the field is determined by Augusta National Golf Club and is by invitation only. That means LIV golfers can participate in the tournament.
The Masters will take the field after Friday’s second round, with the lowest 50 players and ties qualifying for the final 36 holes.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most Masters cuts with 37, followed by Fred Pairs and Gary Blair with 30 each.
— Fletcher Page, Augusta Chronicle
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