The first two days of the Masters have been quite thrilling, with plenty of story lines to talk about. Stars have shined and sleepers have arose, not to mention that there’s a kid that’s 14 years old playing in the field.
After the first 36 holes, here are updates on the biggest stars and sleepers of the tournament.
It seems that everyone has been rooting for Guan this week. At 14 years old, he is the youngest golfer in the history of the Masters. After the first two rounds, he finished four over, making him one of the last golfers to make the cut.
The first round was big for Guan, finishing with a 73 despite bogeying five different holes. However, the second round was a different story. Guan was given a one-stroke penalty for slow play on Friday, according to the Golf Channel Twitter account.
Despite how the rest of the weekend goes, Guan should be extremely proud for making the cut at such a young age.
After the return to the No. 1 overall world ranking, all eyes were on Tiger to see if he could continue his hot streak and win a fifth green jacket.
So far, it hasn’t been too bad.
Tiger is currently three under and only three strokes behind the leader. He was off to a hot start on Friday, birdying three of his first eight holes. Things got a little ugly at the end, bogeying the 15th and 18th holes.
By no means is Tiger out of it. He’s notorious for having great rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Even if he hasn’t won a major since 2008, he is looking like his former self and is certainly good enough to bring home his 15th major.
Who will win the Masters?
It’s hard to hold onto a lead at the Masters, and Leishman found that out on Friday.
After a very impressive first day at Augusta, Leishman struggled in his second round of 18 holes. He bogeyed three holes and finished with a 73, well off the 66 he was able to shoot in the first round.
Leishman is fortunate enough to still be only one stroke back from the leader. He will need to have another performance like the one he had on Thursday in order to make up for the weaker second round and make a run for the green jacket.
Guan and Woods were grabbing most of the attention before the start of the tournament, but now it’s Day who is in the spotlight.
After two solid rounds, Day leads the field by one stroke at six under. Six birdies on Friday were big for the Australian, as he finished the day with a 68 and the outright lead. He has more birdies (12) than any other golfer in the tournament.
The pressure is going to be huge for Day entering the weekend. All eyes will be on him to see whether he can continue to play this well. If he does, he will not only earn his first green jacket, but his first major championship.