While the opening round of the Masters featured many surprise performances near the top of the leaderboard, day two will be mostly about players climbing toward the top.
While good performances by round have the potential to swing players one way or another, the real contenders are those who will consistently put in solid rounds. They will be the ones rising up the leaderboard and making things interesting heading into the weekend.
Here is a look at the leaderboard, before getting into the specific players who will rise:
Woods calmly finished outside the top 10 with a two-under 70 after a decent round of golf. Woods has to be disappointed with his bogey on the 14th hole, but overall he did what he needed to do on the first day. With winds likely a factor, Woods should be able to show his experience and put together a strong performance while others falter.
Woods' putting is still a bit off, which will bring him back towards the rest of the field. Should he put together his putting game in the next day or two, he could make a huge move toward winning another green jacket. Being a veteran of Augusta, Woods has what it takes to consistently put in three more good rounds.
McIlroy was all over the place in the first round, finishing with five bogeys and five birdies to finish with an even 70. The inconsistency and lack of focus have been a huge problem for the young star all year. He's too good to struggle this poorly and should tighten it up with a better second round.
McIlroy is fully capable of turning it around and making a run towards the top 10 of the leaderboard. McIlroy's driving distance is there (top ranked), but his accuracy has been all over the place (164th ranked). With the pressure of another huge disappointment, McIlroy will put together some solid drives and rise up the leaderboard.
Rose got off to a strong start in the opening round with two birdies before a bogey on the third hole. He finished T13th overall after turning in a two-under 70 for the round. Rose has the confidence and level-play needed to take his play up a notch and compete for the green jacket.
With wind a factor on the second day, Rose should have an advantage with his consistency. As long as he can figure out the wind and hit the ball how we wants, Rose should have little problem finding good spots on the course. While he may not deliver a knockout performance in the second round, Rose has enough skill to hover around two-under while others pass him.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!