While golf fans got their first taste of the 2014 Masters Thursday, it is Day 2 that will see many of the competitors position themselves on the leaderboard for a run at the green jacket over the weekend.
What’s more, the cut line looms over those golfers who are in the middle of the pack. Marquee names like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter find themselves in danger of elimination before Day 3 even begins.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the full list of pairings for Friday’s action, as well as the schedule and broadcast information.
|7:45 a.m.||Kevin Streelman and D.A. Points|
|7:56 a.m.||Larry Mize, Branden Grace, Michael McCoy|
|8:07 a.m.||Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Ken Duke|
|8:18 a.m.||Jose Maria Olazabal, Lucas Glover, Garrick Porteous|
|8:29 a.m.||Nick Watney, Stephen Gallacher, Darren Clarke|
|8:40 a.m.||Vijay Singh, Thomas Bjorn, Ryan Moore|
|8:51 a.m.||Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Thongchai Jaidee|
|9:02 a.m.||Trevor Immelman, Graham DeLaet, Oliver Goss|
|9:13 a.m.||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Derek Ernst, Sang-moon Bae|
|9:24 a.m.||Bernhard Langer, Francesco Molinari, Chris Kirk|
|9:35 a.m.||Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson|
|9:57 a.m.||Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia|
|10:08 a.m.||Joost Luiten, Marc Leishman, Hunter Mahan|
|10:19 a.m.||Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson, Peter Hanson|
|10:30 a.m.||Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose|
|10:41 a.m.||Harris English, Lee Westwood, Russell Henley|
|10:52 a.m.||Stewart Cink, Tim Clark|
|11:03 a.m.||Ian Woosnam, John Huh, Kevin Stadler|
|11:14 a.m.||Ben Crenshaw, Y.E. Yang, Jonas Blixt|
|11:25 a.m.||Mark O'Meara, Steven Bowditch, Jordan Niebrugge|
|11:36 a.m.||John Senden, Boo Weekley, David Lynn|
|11:47 a.m.||Craig Stadler, Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer|
|12:09 p.m.||Tom Watson, Billy Horschel, Brendon de Jonge|
|12:20 p.m.||Mike Weir, Matt Every, Roberto Castro|
|12:31 p.m.||Angel Cabrera, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter|
|12:42 p.m.||Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, Chang-woo Lee|
|12:53 p.m.||Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker|
|1:04 p.m.||Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker|
|1:15 p.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero|
|1:26 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson|
|1:37 p.m.||Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Thorbjorn Olesen|
|1:48 p.m.||Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|1:59 p.m.||Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy|
Masters Day 2 Coverage
Date: Friday, April 11
Television: ESPN from 3 p.m. ET to 7:30 p.m. ET
Clearly, there will be plenty of eyes on defending champion Adam Scott as he vies for a second-consecutive green jacket, Mickelson as he attempts to avoid the cut and superstar Rory McIlroy among others.
While their rounds will certainly be discussed at length, what about the under-the-radar golfers who could impress Friday?
Under-the-Radar Golfers to Watch in Round 2
The name Harris English may not register with golf fans the way that a Tiger Woods or Mickelson does, but that didn’t prevent Michael Collins of ESPN.com from picking the first-time Masters competitor to win the tournament before it started:
Since getting his first win on the PGA Tour in Memphis last year, qualifying him for this year's Masters, English has gotten Win No. 2 while missing only one cut. He has length off the tee (300-yard average), leads in greens in regulation (73.3 percent), and ranks third in birdies on par 5s. Go shake Fuzzy's hand on Sunday, as now there will be two first-time winners since the 1930s.
Harris labored through much of the first round and finished with a two-over 74, but he is one solid performance away from finding his name in the mix of contenders.
Everything that Harris has done this season sets up nicely for a run at Augusta. He dominates par fives, which is critical during the Masters, has impressive driving distance off the tee and finds the greens when he is in position on the approach shots. If he connects on a few putts Friday, Harris can take advantage of that diverse skill set to make a charge.
Jason Day hadn’t played in a tournament for more than a month before teeing off Thursday, thanks to a thumb injury that required a cortisone injection.
However, he says it is good to go, according to the Associated Press, via Golf.com: "Not really a concern. I think I just need to tighten up a few things, just kind of get a little sharper with my tee shots. I think I'll be good."
Will Jason Day make the cut at the Masters?
Before the hiatus, Day was playing some of the best golf on tour. He won the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf and tied for second at the Farmers Insurance Open. A primary reason why he was so dominant was the fact that he hit 73.02 percent of greens in regulation, per PGATour.com.
He struggled on Thursday to the tune of a three-over 75, but now that he has a round under his belt, it will be interesting going forward to see if he turns in a better score in Round 2.
Day will likely have some of the nerves and adrenaline that were undoubtedly present calmed Friday and gradually play his way back into the competition. Augusta is a difficult place to keep the emotions in check for any golfer, let alone one of the best in the world who hasn’t competed in quite some time.
Day will do what he does best and find the greens during Day 2. If he is consistent with the putter, he will be back in the race and avoid the cut.
Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters, but even that green jacket was overshadowed by the fact that McIlroy collapsed down the stretch.
Schwartzel may be an under-the-radar player, but he knows how to perform under pressure at Augusta. After all, how many golfers actually have a green jacket on their resume?
He shot a one-over 73 Thursday, but as SuperSport Blitz pointed out, there were a number of birdies mixed in the round:
If Schwartzel brings a bit more consistency to the table Friday and scores some more pars to go along with the birdies, he will gradually climb the leaderboard.
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