Masters 2013 Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy and Top Contenders to Rally on Friday

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 13, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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After a rough outing for some golfers at the Masters on Thursday, a few were able to rally and come back with better performances on Friday.  Thanks to their performances in the second round, they are back in contention for the green jacket.

Let’s look at a couple of golfers who were able to turn it around on Friday at Augusta.

Rory McIlroy

Starting the tournament with a 72 wasn’t what McIlroy had in mind.  He was looking to make a bigger push up the leaderboard but wasn’t able to do so.

Friday wasn’t much better for Rory, who bogeyed two of the first three holes.  An eagle on the eighth hole helped him regain his momentum.  He birdied two straight on the 13th and 14th and finished with a 70, putting him four strokes behind the leader.

Rory will need to limit the amount of bogeys this weekend in order to make a run at his third major championship.  Eight bogeys through two days is too many for a player of his caliber, and he needs to make sure that number doesn’t get much higher.

Jason Dufner

Dufner isn’t a big name in the field of play, but a big day in the second round has the 93rd-ranked player in the world in a very good position to bring home a major.

After shooting a 72 in the first round, Dufner turned on the gas Friday, shooting a 69, which puts him at three under for the tournament.  He had back-to-back birdies twice on the dayon the second and third holes as well as on the eighth and ninth.

At only three strokes back, Dufner is generating a bit of buzz around the country.  He may not be in the lead, but a solid outing on the second day has put him on the map at the Masters.

Steve Stricker

Coming into the Masters, Stricker was ranked No. 4 in the world.  A bad day on Thursday hurt his position, but a very solid performance on Friday has him right back in it.

A 73 on the first day was not want Stricker wanted to see.  He bogeyed five of his first ten holes, and things were looking just awful.  Thanks to an eagle and a couple of birdies, he was able to escape just one over.  The second day was much better.  He had five birdies in the last nine holes and finished with a 70 for the day. 

At one under, Stricker isn’t out of the tournament just yet.  Another day like Friday could put Stricker near the top of the charts.  The odds aren’t high, but Stricker can certainly pull it off.