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Masters Golf Update: Rose Leads by One Stroke After Two Rounds; Johnson, Koepka, McIlroy Miss Cut

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Masters Golf Update Rose Leads by One Stroke After Two Rounds Johnson Koepka McIlroy Miss Cut

Masters Golf Update – Rio Olympics gold medalist Justin Rose is clinging onto a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the 85th Masters on Friday. The 40-year-old Englishman overcame a horrendous second round to settle for an even-par 72 at the Augusta National and entered the halfway mark at 7-under 137. Rose is a two-time Masters runner-up. He opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and had a four-shot lead going into the second round. However, the fast greens of Augusta caught up with the golfer in the next 18 holes. It began the second day with four bogeys in the first seven holes.

That unfortunate display briefly cost the 2013 US Open champion the lead. Rose bounced back in the back nine and fired three birdies in the last six holes. This was to lead by one stroke over the American pair of Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman. Zalatoris carded a 68 while Harman shot a 69 to charge to the leaderboard. There were two rounds remaining in the tournament. The duo only qualified for the Masters. This was due to their high rankings and they are making the most out of it.

Spieth, Thomas in the Hunt

A stroke back is three-time major winners Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman. Last week, Spieth emerged victorious in the Valero Texas Open and ended his four-year title drought. Now, he shot a 68 while the Australian Leishman sizzled with a 67 for a 139 at the halfway mark. Spieth is a 2015 Masters champion. The current green conditions in this course seem favorable. With a 10-under score after 72 holes, it could be good enough to contend for the crown.

Knocking on the door as well are six golfers who are three shots off the pace. They are Americans Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, and Cameron Champ; Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, and South Korean Kim Si-woo. Thomas is ranked second in the world behind dethroned champion Dustin Johnson. He could capture the world number one ranking if he wins the Masters. Long-hitting US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is six off the pace at 1-under 143. He was able to hit three birdies in the last four holes to start the third round in red figures.

DJ, McIlroy, Koepka Miss Cut

Only 54 players made it through the weekend after the cutline was set at 3-over-par 147. Among the notable players who made the cut are three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and 2018 British Open titleholder Francesco Molinari Others include 2010 British Open winner and one-time Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen, two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel. However, others surprisingly missed the cut. Among them were former Masters champions Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Mike Weir, and Zach Johnson. Others include Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Fred Couples, and defending champion Dustin Johnson.

But the most notable here is world number one Dustin Johnson, who came into the tournament as the defending champion. Unfortunately, three bogeys over the last four holes spelled doom for the reigning champion as he missed the cut by two strokes. Aside from Johnson, Koepka, and McIlroy also missed the cut as they shot a 36-hole total of 149 and 150, respectively.

Masters Golf Update: Anybody’s Game

The ouster of the defending champion in the Masters meant that there will be a new favorite to claim the title and green jacket this weekend. Golf betting experts are now banking on Spieth to win the title, considering his recent conquest in the Texas Open and his recent performances where he played well. Rose can also go all the way in the last two rounds but he has to find the consistency that deserted him in the second round.

Zalatoris and Harman can also pull off a surprise if they keep their form until the end. Thomas is a dark horse in this competition especially now that Dustin Johnson is out of contention, according to the best golf bookmaker. An exciting final two rounds await the golfers in the Masters wherein the odds have changed considerably due to the ouster of some of the top favorites in the tournament.