Many big name players miss the cut as Justin Rose’s lead is cut down to just a single shot at the Masters.
(individual player scores stated in parentheses)
Justin Rose (-7) decided to make his life even harder today by playing the first seven holes a shot worse off than in round one. The recovery, albeit not as spectacular as yesterday, was enough for him to maintain the narrowest of leads. Rose was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Bernd Wiesberger (-4) on two occasions, but birdies on 13, 14 and 16 helped him retain the lead.
Unfortunately for the Englishman, the following pack is full of some of the world’s best. Brian Harman and Will Zalatoris (both -6) are a shot behind, yet it will be Spieth (-5), Justin Thomas (-4), Tony Finau (-4) and Hideki Matsuyama (-4) that will keep Rose’s attention on the scoreboard.
Who missed the cut?
The cut was set at +3, an unattainable score for some of the top golfers in the game. Top of the list is reigning champion, Dustin Johnson. DJ (+5) had a couple of rounds to forget. Koepka (+5) gave a great account of himself to even play this week.
Three of Europe’s best, Rory McIllroy (+6), Lee Westwood (+5) and Sergio Garcia (+4) are all out, too.
Strange day for Wolff and Kim
Si Woo Kim and Matthew Wolff were left frustrated but for completely different reasons. Kim, frustrated by a putt on the 15th, slammed down his putter…and it broke. He ended up having to putt with his 3-wood for the remainder of the round. His frustration would have been more understandable if he wasn’t only three shots behind the lead, and playing well.
As for Mathew Wolff, he was left devastated. Wolff was disqualified for signing an incorrect score on his scorecard, which is a rules violation.
Going into Saturday – known as moving day – there’s a lot to play for. In a world where sporting cliches are prominent, it is only fair to say that going into the weekend ‘it is all to play for’ and ‘any one can win’.