Former Masters winner Bubba Watson started to separate himself from the pack after two rounds at Augusta, but there are plenty of great golfers who can still make a run at the green jacket.
The leaderboard provides an interesting dynamic in terms of major champions and relative unknowns mixing it up. The field remains fairly wide open just as it was when the tournament started, so golf fans will continue to be locked in to the action.
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Players Poised to Make Move
At 43 years of age, Jim Furyk is a wily veteran on the PGA Tour who has proven capable of performing on the major stage in the past. Furyk won the U.S. Open in 2003, but he is still in search of his first green jacket. He begins the third round five shots off the pace set by Watson; however, he is very much within striking distance.
Furyk's first-round showing was disappointing as a carded a two-over 74, but he was able to bounce back in a big way Friday. Furyk was able to deliver a four-under round, which enabled him to get right back in the mix, according to Kayla Anderson of KGUN9 News:
Arizona's Jim Furyk made some big moves today finishing -4 under today putting him -2 after two rounds #TheMasters— Kayla Anderson (@KayKGUNArizona) April 11, 2014
Although Furyk has only closed the deal once in major competition, he is seemingly always among the leaders. He is basically unflappable, and he won't let the big moments get him off his game. That is something that figures to play into his favor as the tournament progresses. There is still plenty of work to do if he wants to get near the lead, but Furyk can put himself in position if he repeats his second-round performance.
Entering The Masters, Matt Kuchar was considered one of the top contenders to take home the green jacket. Kuchar has never won a major, but he almost always plays well in them, and many believe that he is the best player who has yet to break through at a major tournament. Kuchar didn't come out flying at Augusta, but he didn't ruin his chances of winning either.
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Kuchar will be even when he takes the course for the start of the third round as he neutralized a first-round 73 with a second-round 71. Kuchar is a model of consistency, and that has been the case once again at The Masters. He hasn't played his best golf by any means, but he is content with the fact that he hasn't committed any blunders, per Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I've just got to play good golf," Kuchar said. "I'm playing pretty nice and I feel pretty pleased, not making a whole lot of mistakes."
Kuchar will have to start pressing the issue and take some chances at some point. With that said, the longer he is able to hang around near the top of the pack, the better odds he has of challenging Watson and the rest of his competition.
The 2013 season was arguably Henrik Stenson's best as a professional golfer, and he is looking to build on that campaign in 2014. The 38-year-old Swede registered a pair of top-three major finishes last year, so the next logical step for him is to win one.
Stenson hasn't been quite as consistent this year, but he did show fine form in a fifth-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Stenson acknowledged that his putting has held him back, according to Rex Hoggard of Golf Channel, but he believes that he can overcome it at Augusta:
Henrik Stenson: “My putting has been off . . . doesn’t matter because putting isn’t that important @ Augusta Nat’l.” See what he did there?— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) April 8, 2014
Stenson's comment about putting not mattering was likely made with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, but he definitely has the all-around game necessary to thrive when he is at his best. Stenson hasn't been at his best thus far with a score of one over through two rounds, but recent history suggests that he will turn it around.
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