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The Masters 2018

Day 2 - Patrick Reed takes 2-shot lead

April 07, 2018

Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy will be among the numerous superstars chasing down the lead of Ryder Cup star and European Tour Member Patrick Reed after the American carded nine birdies in a stunning six under 66 to lead by two heading into the weekend at the Masters Tournament.

The 27 year old hero of the USA’s 2016 Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine was on fire on day two at a sun-kissed Augusta National, opening with three successive birdies and carrying that momentum the whole way through to finish the day on a nine under par total.

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“I think the biggest highlight was getting off to the start I did. Hitting three wood off the first, it's a hole I've always loved to hit driver but I've always gotten myself in trouble for it."

“My wife always tells me it's a three wood, hit three wood. Finally I've listened to her. I've hit three wood both days, just played down the middle of the fairway, and that front left flag, it's such a hard flag to get close to. I was able to kind of hit wedge just to the right of it and probably about 15, 18 feet."

“I think that was kind of the crucial point, to make a putt like that where it's double breaking and so speed sensitive, so I just kind of got my round started and just got that confidence and that step that I needed going into the day. Especially being last tee time off and seeing how the guys are struggling out there and not really a lot of low scores early, guys seemed to be making bogeys, one over, even, one under here and there."

“To be able to get a birdie out early, especially on the first and knowing you're going into a par five and that if you hit it into the fairway, you're going to have a chance to go for it in two, just allowed the day to start out on the right foot."

“Everyone wants to win, and if you don't believe you can win them, then you probably shouldn't be playing. I believe that if I play the golf that I know how to play, that I can win majors. And it’s just one of those things - I have to go in and not get ahead of myself and go into tomorrow and just take it shot by shot, hole by hole, like I've been doing.”

He was three shots clear stepping into the 16th tee but a bogey on the famous par three opened the door for the chasing pack, which was led by second-placed Marc Leishman of Australia, who signed for a five under 67 to move to a seven under for the week thus far.

“I started off well with three birdies," said Leishman. On a day like today, when it's going to be tough, you sort of know you're going to have to take your chances when you get them, it just happened that I had them on the first three holes. That was great."

“And where I hit my drive on 15 was not ideal. But I practice that shot every week, curving it big both right to left and left to right, and it was one of those opportunities where it fit the shot and I thought it was a good time to give it a go. I did it, and it came off."

“I will say, I wasn't aiming quite as far left as where the ball went, but when you get a break like that and hit a good shot, you want to take advantage of it, and I did that by making the putt. It was nice to walk away from that hole with a three and be even on it for the week.”

Swedish former Open Champion Stenson was two shots further back after adding a two under 70 to his first round 69.

Henrik Stenson, Masters 2018 Day 2, © Getty Images

“It was fairly similar to yesterday, I think. I managed my way around this course in a good way, didn't make too many mistakes, even though I was a little frustrated with the way I hit the ball at times. I didn't feel like I brought the long game that I would like to have had out there. "

“I still kept it together and made some good par saves and some good putts. So all in all it’s a good score. It’s playing pretty vicious out there sometimes when that wind is swirling and I think for me the toughest stretch there was ten and 12."

“The wind was all over the place and you think it's into on 12 and I played a little eight iron and this thing is just like pumping downwind as soon as the ball's in the air - it landed up in the bushes behind and came back into the bunker. So when you got those things playing alongside, it's pretty hard at times. But I'm still happy with the way I finished and kept it together.”

Grand Slam-chasing McIlroy was joined in a share of fourth place by fellow multiple Major Champion Jordan Spieth.

“My game feels okay. I played really well on the back nine, especially I made three really good pars on ten, 11 and 12 and then I had chances all the way in. I'm a little frustrated that I'm not in the clubhouse at say, six or seven under, I missed two really good chances coming in. It was a tricky day. Anything under par was pretty good but I feel like I left a couple out there."

“The wind is maybe five miles an hour more than it was yesterday but it's just enough to make it very tricky. I thought the pin positions today were a little tougher than they were yesterday so it was tough to get it close to some of the holes, especially on the tougher holes. You've got to stay patient around here."

“If you can not give any shots away with your short-range putting from inside six-feet - and there are some six-footers out here that you have to give it two feet of break - so they are pretty difficult. If you hole some 15 or 20-footers that's a bonus.”

For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods dunked his tee shot into Rae's Creek and escaped with a bogey at the par-3 12 th hole. Woods sits T40 with rounds of 73-75, 13 strokes behind Patrick Reed. Friday's 75 at Augusta National Golf Club is Woods' second-highest round this season (76/R2/Genesis Open).

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fired a 4-under 68 to work his way back into contention after an opening-round 73.

After suffering a high-ankle sprain while celebrating a hole-in-one during Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, Tony Finau (68-74) sits T8 in his Masters debut.

Fred Couples (72-74/T28) made the 36-hole cut for the 30 th time in 33 appearances at the Masters.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson (70-79/T46) matched his highest round at the Masters (96 rounds) with a second-round 79, which included a triple bogey (No. 9) and a double bogey (No. 12).

Defending champion Sergio Garcia (81-78) missed the cut, marking the second year in a row (Danny Willett), and the 10 th time in tournament history, that the defending champion failed to advance to the weekend.

With heavy rain set to fall on the idyllic Georgia venue on Saturday, it is set to be an eventful moving day and a thrilling weekend in the year's first Major Championship.

 

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Patrick Reed
-9
69
66
135
2
Marc Leishman
-7
70
67
137
3
Henrik Stenson
-5
69
70
139
T4
Rory McIlroy
-4
69
71
140
T4
Jordan Spieth
-4
66
74
140
T6
Dustin Johnson
-3
73
68
141
T6
Justin Thomas
-3
74
67
141
T8
Tony Finau
-2
68
74
142
T8
Rickie Fowler
-2
70
72
142
T8
Louis Oosthuizen
-2
71
71
142
T8
Justin Rose
-2
72
70
142
T8
Bubba Watson
-2
73
69
142
T8
Charley Hoffman
-2
69
73
142
T14
Cameron Smith
-1
71
72
143
T14
Matt Kuchar
-1
68
75
143
T14
Jon Rahm
-1
75
68
143
T14
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
70
73
143
T18
Jimmy Walker
E
73
71
144
T18
Hideki Matsuyama
E
73
71
144
T18
Zach Johnson
E
70
74
144
T18
Tommy Fleetwood
E
72
72
144
T18
Adam Hadwin
E
69
75
144
T23
Haotong Li
1
69
76
145
T23
Russell Henley
1
73
72
145
T23
Rafa Cabrera Bello
1
69
76
145
T23
Satoshi Kodaira
1
71
74
145
T23
Vijay Singh
1
71
74
145
T28
Fred Couples
2
72
74
146
T28
Ryan Moore
2
74
72
146
T28
Jhonattan Vegas
2
77
69
146
T28
Francesco Molinari
2
72
74
146
T28
Kyle Stanley
2
72
74
146
T28
Branden Grace
2
73
73
146
T28
Jason Day
2
75
71
146
T35
Chez Reavie
3
76
71
147
T35
Kevin Kisner
3
72
75
147
T35
Brian Harman
3
73
74
147
T35
Daniel Berger
3
73
74
147
T35
Martin Kaymer
3
74
73
147
T40
Doug Ghim (a)
4
72
76
148
T40
Si Woo Kim
4
75
73
148
T40
Bernhard Langer
4
74
74
148
T40
Adam Scott
4
75
73
148
T40
Bryson DeChambeau
4
74
74
148
T40
Tiger Woods
4
73
75
148
T46
Ian Poulter
5
74
75
149
T46
Webb Simpson
5
76
73
149
T46
Xander Schauffele
5
71
78
149
T46
Tyrrell Hatton
5
74
75
149
T46
Phil Mickelson
5
70
79
149
T46
Matthew Fitzpatrick
5
75
74
149
T46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
5
79
70
149
T46
Paul Casey
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sandy Lyle
6
74
76
150
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
6
72
78
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
6
74
76
150
CUT
Jason Dufner
6
73
77
150
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
7
75
76
151
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
7
77
74
151
CUT
Thomas Pieters
7
73
78
151
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
7
73
78
151
CUT
Brendan Steele
7
76
75
151
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
7
77
74
151
CUT
Danny Willett
7
75
76
151
CUT
Ross Fisher
8
78
74
152
CUT
Wesley Bryan
8
74
78
152
CUT
Pat Perez
8
73
79
152
CUT
Patton Kizzire
8
76
76
152
CUT
Trevor Immelman
9
78
75
153
CUT
Joaquin Niemann (a)
9
76
77
153
CUT
Yuta Ikeda
9
76
77
153
CUT
Alex Noren
9
74
79
153
CUT
Kevin Chappell
9
77
76
153
CUT
Doc Redman (a)
9
76
77
153
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
10
77
77
154
CUT
Gary Woodland
10
78
76
154
CUT
Austin Cook
10
74
80
154
CUT
Billy Horschel
11
76
79
155
CUT
Ian Woosnam
11
79
76
155
CUT
Mike Weir
11
76
79
155
CUT
Larry Mize
12
76
80
156
CUT
Angel Cabrera
15
76
83
159
CUT
Yuxin Lin (a)
15
79
80
159
CUT
Mark O'Meara
15
78
81
159
CUT
Sergio Garcia
15
81
78
159
CUT
Matt Parziale (a)
16
81
79
160
CUT
Harry Ellis (a)
22
86
80
166



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