Masters 2011 Leaderboard: Who Is Poised to Win 2011 Green Jacket at Augusta?
The 2011 Masters is in the midst of the second round, and the leaderboard is all bunched up atop the current standings. Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros finished tied at -7 after the first day, but will either one of them still be near the top of the pack at Augusta on Sunday when the 2011 green jacket is placed on the winner?
Many of the top players in the PGA world rankings are well in contention following the first 18 holes, including No. 10 ranked Matt Kuchar, who is -4 to start the second round. No. 4 ranked Luke Donald is -3, although he is looking to break the curse and become the first ever Par contest winner to win the Masters that same year.
No. 3 ranked Phil Mickelson and No. 6 ranked Paul Casey are both at -1, while No. 7 ranked Tiger Woods finished the first round at -1 as he looks to end his losing streak.
No. 2 ranked Lee Westwood is hoping to finally win the green jacket and stop finishing in second or third place, and he finished the first round at even par.
Absent once again from contention at Augusta is the current No. 1 player in the world, Martin Kaymer, who shot a 78 to finish at +6 after the first day. Kaymer has always struggled to play well at Augusta, and he may be a long shot to even make the cut after today.
Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN was not necessarily surprised either by Kaymer's rough round, although you may be shocked to hear who he jokingly feels could have shot a lower round.
"The good news is ... well, there is no good news," writes Wojciechowski. "Once again, Kaymer laid a very large German egg. Only four other players shot worse scores. Sam Snead could have shot better -- and he's dead."
Aside from Kaymer and some of the other top golfers, a few other names to watch for this weekend include Ricky Barnes, who appears poised to make some noise. Fred Couples is still in contention, and he is playing very well in the majors still, even as his career on the PGA Tour winds down.
Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi are also toward the top, and show no sign of slowing down. They have been contending almost every week on the 2011 PGA Tour.
Finally, one dark horse to consider is youngster Rickie Fowler, who has been finishing in the top 10 for a few tournaments now and appears ready to take the next step at such an early age. If he can keep it together for all four rounds, the youngster from Oklahoma State could be a contender on Sunday for his first major.
We will not know who will be slipping on the green jacket until Sunday evening, but the second day could give us some indication.
You may not be able to win the 2011 Masters on the second day, but you could certainly play yourself out of contention with a poor round.
For more at Augusta, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ben Gibson, who takes a look at the Masters 2011 Leaderboard Day 1: 10 Most Surprising Rounds of Day 1.
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