A quick look at Friday at the 2019 Masters.
Hole of the day
The par-5 No. 2 is one of the easiest holes on the course, but it bit several players Friday with 13 bogeys and three double-bogeys. Brooks Koepka took an double-bogey that included an unplayable ball. Koepka finished at 7 under par through two rounds.
Quote of the day
“That’s the game. That’s golf. That’s why I love it. But I also hate it at the same time.” – A perplexed Bryson DeChambeau after a second-round 75.
Jason Day and Francesco Molinari. Each began the day at 2 under par and shot second-round 67s to climb to the top of the leaderboard. Day had six birdies and a bogey. Molinari had five birdies.
Bryson DeChambeau. The first-round co-leader at 6 under par fell down the leaderboard with a second-round 75 including a bogey at No. 9 and double-bogey at No. 10. He is 3 under for the tournament.
Zach Johnson had one of his shots go viral on Friday, but it wasn’t exactly a moment of pride for the 2007 Masters champion.
On the 13th hole, Johnson was standing too close to the ball when he took a practice swing, hit the ball with the toe of his club and watched it ricochet into the tee marker. Since the swing was not intended as a stroke it did not count, which allowed playing partners Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter to have a good laugh.
“(Kuchar) doesn’t let me forget many things,” Johnson said. “Hey, you get what you deserve.”
Johnson was able to gather himself and make a birdie.
“Yeah, I made a nice recovery,” Johnson said. “I technically made a six, right? Net four. So it worked out well.”
Did you know?
All past Masters champions who show up to Augusta National as non-participants receive $10,000. The payout is the same for those competitive golfers who miss the cut. The award increased from $1,000 to $5,000 in 1999 and from $5,000 to $10,000 in 2007.
The second round of the Masters featured intermittent rain in the morning with skies that cleared in the afternoon with temperatures in the low 80s. There was a 30-minute rain delay late in the afternoon. The final round on Sunday remains under threat of thunderstorms.
The forecast for the rest of the week at Augusta National calls for:
Saturday: AM thunderstorms, 86/68 degrees, 50 percent chance of precipitation
Sunday: Thunderstorms, 83/56, 90 percent
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