Masters Friday shots of the day
Masters rookie William McGirt waited a long time to get his first taste of Augusta National. He has seized the moment. The 37-year-old hit his tee shot on the 240-yard, par-3 fourth hole into the right greenside bunker. Seeing a perfect line, he promptly holed a sand wedge from 14 yards out for birdie, setting the tone for a round that kept him in contention at 2 under. “This is a lifelong dream,” he said.
Branden Grace made a stunning eagle at the 530-yard, par-5 15th hole. He knocked his drive 264 yards to the right side of the fairway, perfectly placed his second shot 171 yards, then spun a 91-yard wedge into the cup, drawing roars from the gallery. Grace stands at 6 over heading into the weekend.
Hole of the day
No. 1: 445 yards, par 4
A second day of gusting winds made for another eventful round. No. 1 was particularly brutal to defending Masters champion Danny Willett, who carded a quadruple-bogey 8. In two rounds, Willett played the hole six shots over par. He missed the cut at 7 over. Three players (Si Woo Kim, Angel Cabrera and Hideto Tanihara) took 7s on the first in Round 2. “It’s really probably a par 5 today,” said Jason Dufner, who suffered a double bogey. On the day No. 1 yielded three birdies, 86 pars, 80 bogeys, 11 double bogeys and six others.
Quotes of the day
“The weather’s going to be better, the wind’s not going to be as strong, I’m five behind at the minute and there’s probably going to be a good few guys that finish ahead of me going into the weekend. So, if I can put together a 67 or a 66 tomorrow, I feel like I’ll be right in there for Sunday.”
– Rory McIlroy, who stands at 1 over for the tournament, on what it will take for him to challenge for the green jacket this weekend.
“Golf is tough; I don’t know if you’ve ever played it. But writing articles is easy.”
– Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion and apparent media critic, to the Charleston Post and Courier’s Gene Sapakoff, after missing the cut at 8 over.