The Masters R2

Four-way tie at the top in Augusta

November 12-15
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
$11,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Four players are tied for the lead at the top of the Masters leaderboard after another day cut short by failing daylight.


Abraham Ancer is one of 26 newcomers to the Masters this year and fired a second round 5-under 67 to join Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas at 9-under 135. Cameron Smith finished his round with three birdies and an eagle to join them in a share of the lead.

“You have to really throw all the past knowledge out the window this week, as weird as it is,” said Thomas. “A lot of the history and things that you know about the golf course, it can sometimes hurt you this week because of what you’re used to. But at the end of the day, it is a lot softer and a lot more scorable.”



Johnson is the first player this week to reach 10-under par but mud on his ball led to a three-putt bogey on the 14th. He also bogeyed the par-5 15th after finding the water but followed it with eleven straight pars and a birdie at the ninth to close his round at 9-under.

The forecast for the weekend appears to be good and that could change conditions on the course.


“I think it can firm up a little bit, but it’s going to be tough for it to get firm,” said Johnson. “I think it’s going to be soft enough to where you’re going to have to attack the golf course and play aggressive and keep swinging like I am. I like where I’m at. I like my position.”

Sungjae Im, another newcomer this year, fired a 70 to join the group of four players tied in fifth place one shot behind the leaders alongside Patrick Cantlay, one of last year’s contenders.



Tiger Woods was among the players still on the course when play was halted, trying to cope with faster greens and autumn conditions. He is currently T22 at 4-under with eight holes left to play after two birdies on the par 5s and bogeys on the third and seventh holes.

In spite of all the speculation about Bryson DeChambeau dominating the course with his intimidatingly long drives, he is struggling to make the cut after losing a ball on the third hole, leading to a triple bogey. Four more bogeys on the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth left him at 1-over par with six holes left to play.



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Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion, will be the oldest player to make the cut this week after rounds of 68 and 73.

“It actually makes me feel older when I play with these young guys and I see how far they hit it and how short I hit it. I like this golf course. I think I know how to get around it, even though I hit very long clubs. But it’s certainly not easy.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
R2
Total
T1
Abraham Ancer
-9
F
68
67
135
T1
Dustin Johnson
-9
F
65
70
135
T1
Cameron Smith
-9
F
67
68
135
T1
Justin Thomas
-9
F
66
69
135
T5
Patrick Cantlay
-8
F
70
66
136
T5
Sungjae Im
-8
F
66
70
136
T5
Hideki Matsuyama
-8
15
68
68
T5
Jon Rahm
-8
12
69
69
T9
Tommy Fleetwood
-7
F
71
66
137
T9
Justin Rose
-7
F
67
70
137
T9
Danny Willett
-7
F
71
66
137
T9
Cheng Tsung Pan
-7
16
70
70
T9
Louis Oosthuizen
-7
12
68
68
T14
Dylan Frittelli
-6
F
65
73
138
T14
Sebastián Muñoz
-6
F
70
68
138
T14
Xander Schauffele
-6
12
67
67
T14
Paul Casey
-6
11
65
65
T14
Patrick Reed
-6
11
68
68
T19
Brooks Koepka
-5
F
70
69
139
T19
Phil Mickelson
-5
F
69
70
139
T19
Charles Howell III
-5
15
71
71
T22
Rickie Fowler
-4
F
70
70
140
T22
Billy Horschel
-4
F
70
70
140
T22
Jazz Janewattananond
-4
15
69
69
T22
Marc Leishman
-4
14
70
70
T22
Tiger Woods
-4
10
68
68
T27
John Augenstein (a)
-3
F
69
72
141
T27
Bernhard Langer
-3
F
68
73
141
T27
Rory McIlroy
-3
F
75
66
141
T27
Victor Perez
-3
F
70
71
141
T27
Corey Conners
-3
16
74
74
T27
Webb Simpson
-3
14
67
67
T27
Scottie Scheffler
-3
13
71
71
T34
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
F
69
73
142
T34
Cameron Champ
-2
F
68
74
142
T34
Shugo Imahira
-2
F
72
70
142
T34
Adam Scott
-2
F
70
72
142
T34
Brandt Snedeker
-2
15
71
71
T34
Jimmy Walker
-2
15
71
71
T34
Kevin Na
-2
13
73
73
T34
Lee Westwood
-2
13
68
68
T34
Si Woo Kim
-2
9
70
70
T34
Ian Poulter
-2
9
72
72
T34
Matt Wallace
-2
9
69
69
T45
Chez Reavie
-1
F
71
72
143
T45
Bubba Watson
-1
F
74
69
143
T45
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
F
71
72
143
T45
Matt Kuchar
-1
13
70
70
T45
Tony Finau
-1
11
69
69
T50
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
F
74
70
144
T50
Zach Johnson
E
F
73
71
144
T50
Sung Kang
E
F
75
69
144
T50
Collin Morikawa
E
F
70
74
144
T50
Nick Taylor
E
F
72
72
144
T50
Jason Day
E
10
70
70
T50
Shane Lowry
E
10
74
74
T50
Andy Ogletree (a)
E
10
73
73
T50
Jordan Spieth
E
10
74
74
T50
Rafa Cabrera Bello
E
9
73
73
T50
Graeme McDowell
E
8
72
72
T61
Byeong Hun An
1
F
72
73
145
T61
Max Homa
1
F
70
75
145
T61
Andrew Putnam
1
F
73
72
145
T61
Bryson DeChambeau
1
12
70
70
T61
Henrik Stenson
1
12
71
71
T61
Lanto Griffin
1
10
74
74
T61
Charl Schwartzel
1
10
73
73
T61
Mike Weir
1
9
71
71
T69
Justin Harding
2
F
75
71
146
T69
Brendon Todd
2
F
73
73
146
T69
Larry Mize
2
14
70
70
T69
Adam Hadwin
2
13
74
74
T69
Kevin Kisner
2
13
71
71
T69
Nate Lashley
2
9
75
75
T75
Tyrrell Hatton
3
F
73
74
147
T75
Matthew Wolff
3
F
70
77
147
T75
Jason Kokrak
3
12
71
71
T75
Gary Woodland
3
10
72
72
T79
J.T. Poston
4
F
73
75
148
T79
James Sugrue (a)
4
F
77
71
148
T81
Sandy Lyle
5
16
78
78
T81
Tyler Duncan
5
10
77
77
T83
Fred Couples
6
F
77
73
150
T83
Francesco Molinari
6
F
72
78
150
T83
Lukas Michel (a)
6
15
76
76
86
Lucas Glover
7
16
77
77
T87
Yuxin Lin (a)
8
15
79
79
T87
Vijay Singh
8
10
75
75
89
Abel Gallegos (a)
10
11
79
79
T90
José María Olazábal
14
F
78
80
158
T90
Andrew Landry
14
15
78
78
WD
Erik van Rooyen
4
76
76