Fri, 14 May 2021

Justin Rose's Masters lead evaporates in second-round action

Field Level Media
10 Apr 2021, 04:05 GMT+10

After England's Justin Rose got the best of Augusta National in the opening round of the Masters, the legendary course fought back Friday as the field tightened while nearing the midway point of the first major of the year at Augusta, Ga.

Rose was still in the lead at 4-under par through his first nine holes Friday, but had just a one-shot advantage after he was 3 over midway through his day.

After Rose delivered a dominating 7-under-par 65 in the opening round on extraordinarily fast greens, he had four bogeys and one birdie on his first nine holes Friday.

Brian Harman and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who were tied for second place after the first round at 3-under, both moved closer to the lead before they even started their second rounds.

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger moved to 3 under by going 5 under Friday through 14 holes. Australia's Marc Leishman also joined the group at 3 under by going 3 under through 12 holes.

While Rose also started slow Thursday at 2-over par through seven holes, he did manage to get his opening round on track with an eagle 3 at the par-5 eighth hole. On Friday, he found a bunker off the tee at No. 8 and wound up with a par.

Rose has now recorded bogeys at holes No. 1 and 7 in each of the first two rounds. His bogey at No. 6 on Friday came after a long putt failed to clear a ridge and rolled back to him on the slick greens.

Players who had late tee times Thursday were back on the course early Friday and the quick turnaround seemed to help Jordan Spieth, who made a late charge in the first round. The 2015 Masters champion remained locked in Friday moving from six shots back overnight to two shots back by playing his first five holes at 1 under.

Dustin Johnson, who won the delayed 2020 Masters in November, had a late tee time Friday, giving him time to search for answers after an opening-round 74. Patrick Reed, the 2018 champion, also has a later tee time as he looks to improve on a 70 in the first round.

Tiger Woods, the 2019 Masters champion, is not in the field after he was involved in a serious car crash near Los Angeles in February.

After Friday's second round, the 88-player field will be reduced to the top 50 players and ties.

--Field Level Media

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