Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Day 2

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Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Day 2
David J. Phillip

Little downtime resides between the opening round at Augusta and Day 2, where the shockers and favorites alike will continue to scratch and claw away from the group at the 2014 Masters.

One favorite stood strong on Thursday while a bevy of surprises climbed the board, but Friday is when things all gel at once now that each golfer has had one chance to run the course.

Here's a look at the leaderboard, which is updated by the minute during the action, followed by the biggest storylines to watch on Friday as the action unfolds.

 

 

Adam Scott's Quest for History

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Can anything stop Adam Scott?

It doesn't seem like the course at Augusta can. Check out his recent dominance, per Mike O'Malley of Golf Digest:

One masterful three-under 69 with five birdies later, Scott is in a serious position to ride the wave of momentum to history.

It's no easy task. Just three players in history have won back-to-back green jackets at Augusta, but the legendary Jack Nicklaus told Mark Beretta of 7 Sport that he thinks Scott has what it takes to accomplish the feat:

The Australian has quite the head of steam and even looks to have the worst mistake of the past two years behind him after a double bogey on hole No. 12. Keep a keen eye on Scott Friday.

 

Phil Mickelson's Fight with the Cut

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Let's flip to the opposite end of the spectrum for a bit, as Phil Mickelson finds himself a significant underdog after he self-destructed at points on Thursday.

Mickelson shot a 76 on the day, which has some such as ESPN Stats & Info noting the historical implications of the number:

Mickelson posted a triple and double bogey on the mostly horrific day, which is quite the hill to climb when one considers none of the last five men to don the green jacket have posted worse than a bogey. He understands the daunting task as the cut line nears, per Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel:

In order to top the cut line and somehow get back in the conversation, Mickelson has to get comfortable again in all aspects. Anything less will send him home after just two rounds.

 

Can Bill Haas Stay Hot?

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Who?

The overall leader, of course. Hass bucked some history of his own on Thursday, as captured by ESPN's Justin Ray:

It was just one of those days. Who knows what has gotten into Haas as of late—perhaps it has something to do with him firing his brother. New caddie in hand, Haas hit six birdies on the day after opening on a bogey and never looked back.

Now the issue for Haas becomes simply staying alive. He's surpassed all expectations and personal history, but his issues this year have been hot starts (just not this hot) before cooling off. Against the best of the best at Augusta, Haas has plenty to prove.

 

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