We realized today that there is something better than the Masters. There is the Masters coverage starting at 7:30am on a Saturday morning.
As the second round concludes, let’s see where our 10 stand heading into Moving Day.
Cantlay: 8-under (T6)
It says T6, but it’s just one shot back as 5 players are tied for the lead at 8-under.
DeChambeau: Even (T50)
Bryson’s second round included 7 birdies, 6 bogeys, a lost ball and subsequent triple bogey and 4 pars. In other words, Augusta National did not like you bragging about par being 67. He sneaks in on the cut line, so if 67 is actually his “par” then he’s going to need a 3-under that to be a factor on Sunday.
Fowler: 4-under (T23)
Two solid rounds have Rickie in the mix, but he’ll need to go low on Saturday to be in the conversation Sunday.
Hatton: 3-over (MC)
This is why you don’t pick players who have no history of success at Augusta National. But we were right about the Brits being on the leaderboard. We just picked the only one who isn’t a factor this weekend. You’re welcome.
Johnson: 9-under (T1)
The first, second and third ranked players in the world are all tied for the lead going into the weekend. That’s the first time that has happened in the history of golf major championships. We also happened to pick each of the three of them. You’re welcome.
Koepka: 5-under (T17)
Lurking in the shadows, Koepka has this tournament right where he wants it. Also lurking at 5-under, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
McIlroy: 3-under (T28)
As is his habit, Rory shot an opening round 75, and followed it up with a 66. If he can put another 66 on the board Saturday, he’ll be in the mix. If not, he’ll probably shoot 66 on Sunday to backdoor his way into a top 10.
Rahm: 9-under (T1)
Rahm’s Saturday started with a birdie putt on 13, then played 14-18 in even par to secure his spot atop the leaderboard. Nice little warmup for his third round.
Thomas: 9-under (T1)
JT has set himself up for a second major and won’t have to worry about the Alabama-LSU (thanks, COVID).
Watson: 1-under (T44)
Bubba won’t win but a 69 in the second round got him on the right side of the cut line. Course knowledge is always helpful.
Friends, we have what is shaping up to be an amazing weekend of golf. We have five people tied for the lead, which includes Rahm, Thomas and DJ. The following names are within 6 shots of the lead: Cantlay, Matsuyama, Reed, Fleetwood, Rose, Oosthuizen, Mickelson, Koepka, Woods, Fowler, Simpson, Schauffele, McIlroy and of course, Jazz Janewattanond. Settle in, sit back, and enjoy.