Day 2 of the 2014 Masters is currently ongoing, with a large majority of the field having teed off for at least one hole. However, there are still a few notables still awaiting their tee time at Augusta National.
Whether you’ve been following along with the action since the morning or plan to catch it on television later, it’s always nice to at least know the top scores for both the round and overall.
Let’s take a look at the latest leaderboard, which updates automatically throughout the day, and then highlight a player to keep an eye on for the rest of Round 2.
|Time (ET)||TV Coverage||TV Info|
|11 a.m.||On the Range||CBSSN|
|3 p.m.||Live Round 2 Coverage||ESPN|
|8 p.m.||Round 2 Replay||ESPN|
|11:30 p.m.||Round 2 Highlights||CBS|
|Time (ET)||Live Stream Coverage||Website|
|10:45 a.m.||Amen Corner Live||Masters.com|
|11 a.m.||On the Range||Masters.com|
|11:45 a.m.||Holes No. 15 and No. 16 Live||Masters.com|
|12 p.m.||Groups 1 and 2 Live||Masters.com|
|3 p.m.||TV Broadcast||Masters.com|
Masters.com and ESPN
Day 2 Golfer to Watch: Rory McIlroy
McIlroy is one of the few participants still waiting to start hitting the ball at Augusta, but he is set to tee off with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed at 1:59 p.m. ET.
SportsCenter took an in-depth look at where McIlroy draws the power for his signature drives from, which helped him to finish one under par on Thursday:
The Irishman is looking to build on that solid performance he cobbled together in the opening round and he was just three strokes behind leader Billy Haas going into the clubhouse last night.
While McIlroy didn’t exactly live up to expectations as the odds-on favorite going into the tourney, he is well within striking distance and could easily make a push to the top of the leaderboard by the end of Friday’s 18 holes.
The 24-year-old was proud of his outing on the first day, especially given the tough conditions the tournament’s organizers put forth for these competitors, as per Kyle Porter of CBS Sports and RTE Sport:
Rory: "I think anything under par was a good score. They set the golf course up very difficult for a Thursday."— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) April 10, 2014
Rory McIlroy: "I feel like I’m better prepared than I ever have been...I felt like I did a good job putting the ball in the right places."— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) April 10, 2014
It remains to be seen if the two-time major winner can add a green jacket to his growing list of accolades. McIlroy hasn’t been able to record a top-10 finish in his past five attempts at the Masters, although it is worth noting that one immensely poor round demolished his hopes during each of the past three events.
How will Rory fare in this tournament?
The most famous of these meltdowns came in the final round of the 2011 edition of the Masters, when his three-day lead dissipated over a disastrous back nine. McIlroy remembers it well, as per Paul Hayward of The Telegraph: "That's probably the only time I've cried over golf, the morning after, in 2011.”
While McIlroy has yet to prove he can remain composed and locked in for four straight days during the Masters, it would be tough to bet against him right now.
Having that collapse as motivation and the fact that there is a wide-open, Tiger Woods-less field is a big reason why Rory is going to be tough to beat down in Georgia this weekend.