We have finally done it. The field is trimmed to 43, the low end of the cut line. A lot of golfers had their hopes dashed, while some others shined.
Today was not supremely memorable, that is unless it leads to a big finish this weekend. And with some of the rounds today, it very well could.
All of the play today have generated a lot of questions for tomorrow, but let's take a look at today's events.
Like I said earlier, one old-timer always makes the move. Freddy does it again.
Amid speculation Couples was doing himself a disservice by playing on tour over the Champions Tour, Fred posted a five under effort over two days. He did it like he always does: with a smile and a smooth swing.
Although Couples is five strokes back, he isn't to be taken lightly. With his putting at a career high, and experience a key at Augusta, you should and hopefully will see Freddy in the top five.
It wasn't quite the Herculean effort of yesterday, but still to post a solid three under today was key for McIlroy.
With a solid four birdies and only one bogey (his only through 36 holes), McIlroy is out to prove he is a legitimate contender. He is. Despite the fact that he has less experience than those chasing him, he still has big time potential.
The biggest question is if he can string four rounds together this weekend. He hasn't yet, but that's not what we are here to talk about.
Great job Rory.
When you are the best in the world, there's a certain expectation for you. Just ask Tiger Woods. He can tell you all about those expectations.
Unfortunately for Martin Kaymer, he couldn't live up to that expectation. Kaymer, as he has both previous years, missed the cut for the Masters. He couldn't get anything started, and won't be a factor in this weekend's chase for the jacket.
It certainly is a shame that we won't see Kaymer, and a few other notable names:
There isn't something that's enchanting Luke Donald preventing him from winning this week. However, with no past par-3 competition winner ever taking the green jacket as well, it would seem unlikely.
However, Donald is definitely looking to break this curse. After a topsy-turvy day one, Donald posted four under par. With this, he is well within the lead, and his putting could very well catapult him into the lead.
Whatever the circumstances, Donald definitely played an admirable round, and could bring home a European victory.
The headline says it all.
No matter what the highlight today, no one's second round will draw more attention than Tiger's. Today we saw again why Woods was and still is the best.
After a rough start to the front nine, Tiger caught fire. He reeled off three birdies from no. 9 to 11, and 13 to 15, birdying a total of 5 holes on the back to complete a 66.
Tiger finally did everything right without making any big mistakes. Bogeys are going to happen. All Tiger has to do is make putts and those bogeys won't matter.
The only real mistake that Woods made was his tee shot on 18, which skirted through the trees, from which he stuck his 160 yard shot to about eight feet. And made the putt.
Despite all the people that will question whether or not he can do it for two more days, Tiger was the highlight of day two. But he didn't quite catch the low score for the day...
The highlight of the day was Jason Day. A flawless round of golf, Day started his move up the leaderboard starting at the seventh. He made seven birdies starting at the seventh to shoot an eight under par 64, tied for the lowest second round ever played at the Masters.
Day just poured it on today. Every shot he hit from seven on was unbelievable. He played as hard as he possibly could. Overall, he played how Tiger did without making three bogeys.
Day is another golfer to watch this weekend, whether bust or not. He is another golfer who struggles in the weekend, and could be another Dustin Johnson or Nick Watney tomorrow.
But as with McIlroy, this is all about the plus side. Jason Day played an excellent round of golf, and was the best player at Augusta National today.