Friday's action at Augusta National signified the rise and fall of many top-ranked golfers.
The 2014 Masters has been a thrilling sight to behold for viewers but a devastating course to navigate for its competitors. The course at Augusta has more twists and turns than a Hollywood movie, and the drama will only intensify going forward.
After two rounds, we have a very diverse leaderboard.
Plenty of knowledgeable veterans are mixed with some young, up-and-coming players, who have flourished during their first runs at Augusta National.
Although, just like we saw after Round 1, the leaderboard remains very fluid and multiple significant changes are sure to happen once again.
Here's a peek at how the leaderboard currently looks heading into Saturday:
|2014 Masters Leaderboard (through Round 2)|
The full Masters leaderboard can be found on Masters.com.
Bubba Watson will look to continue to build upon his momentum established during Friday's stellar round of 68. He's currently on pace to claim his second green jacket in three years, and he's playing some of his best golf heading into Saturday.
During an interview, per Vartan Kupelian of Masters.com, Watson simply said, "For the first two days, I look like I know what I'm doing and hopefully the next two days I can play just as good."
The 20-year-old Jordan Spieth has been playing some solid golf as well in his first trip to Augusta. He said:
A big goal of mine this year was to get in contention at a major. [The Masters is] the one that I dreamt about since I was who knows how old.
Mr. Crenshaw says it best: The Masters brings out emotion in guys that aren't emotional. I'm already emotional and I got to keep it on the down low. So I felt like if I could get my game right and really handle myself mentally, then I could have an opportunity to be in contention. That's where I'm at now and a lot of work to do.
Aside from these two, defending champion Adam Scott is also in the mix.
He followed up his Round 1 69 with a roller-coaster 72 on Friday. Scott explained the difficulty of the course on Friday during an interview, per Thomas Bonk of Masters.com:
It was very difficult out there today, and anything even par or better at a major is normally a good score, especially today, and I'd say it's kept me in the tournament. There's no way guys were playing flawless tee to green. It was so difficult. The greens were getting so firm in the afternoon that if you were out of position, it was almost impossible to hold greens. You needed to be right in the fairway and hopefully with a wedge in.
Scott's assessment is accurate; however, it will only get more difficult from here.
The first two days of the Masters have been absolutely thrilling, as these golfers continue toward their dreams of claiming the coveted green jacket—some for the first time and others for the second or more.
The funny thing about this tournament is the only thing that's certain is that nothing is certain at all.
Expect a great deal more surprises heading into the weekend.
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