Masters 2019 – LIVE golf: Round two leaderboard and action from Augusta National as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy chase leaders Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau
- The 83rd Masters continues on Friday at Augusta National Golf Club
- Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau lead after the first round
- Rory McIlroy was the favourite to win the green jacket, but he struggled
- Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are all in contention
- Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm and Francesco Molinari are leading European hopes
- The second round starts at 1.30pm BST and you can follow it all right here
- TEE TIMES: Click here to see when all the players start their rounds on day two
- AUGUSTA COURSE GUIDE: Rory McIlroy and Co talk you through how to play it
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Aggressive play from McIlroy on the par 3 sixth, and he’s honed straight in on the pin.
It drops beautifully, dead.
He’ll have a great chance from here.
Sublime from Mr Golf himself.
Faced with a tough, lengthy put on the sixth, he goes right and the line is well held.
The ball drops to that all familiar clinking sound, as the crowds erupt. He goes three under at Augusta on Day Two.
“Now I’m going to rest, obviously the game is in good shape so I cant gain much from hitting balls.
“I need as much energy as possible for the weekend. There will be a lot of guys in the mix as always here at Augusta, so I need to be ready to go again.”
A second hole-out for Justin Thomas during Friday’s round. This time for eagle on the 15th. After starting the day one-over par, he now finds himself four-under.
What a day for the Ryder Cup hero. Molinari heads into the clubhouse as joint-leader on -7 after posting a superb round of 67. Brilliant stuff.
Injury-stricken Jason Day is remarkably level with Molinari on -7 with two holes remaining.
Dustin Johnson and Jason Day pick up a shot on leader Francesco Molinari. The pair pick up birdies on the par-5 15th to move to -6.
Poulter with another strong display. Job well done heading into the weekend’s action. The Englishman finishes on -5 after posting a round of 71 today. In a great place.
Woods with a strong start in his second round. He moves to -3 after birdie on the par-3 4th. He will hope to continue the momentum!
What a start for Jon Rahm. The Spaniard began the day -3 but has already birdied the second and third to join those in second place on -5. Excellent stuff.
Coming into the tournament, world No. 1 Justin Rose will have eyeing up his first green jacket and second major victory.
But today he has been flirting with the cut. He found himself +4 during the second round but a birdie followed by a vital eagle on the 12th and 13th have put himself in contention to make the cut. He is now -1 and eight off the leader.
Molinari goes from strength to strength. The Italian has moved two clear at the top after picking up a birdie at the par-5 15th.
He is currently -5 for his round. What a day for him so far!
An hour ago, DeChambeau was the outright leader on -7 with a two-shot lead. Now he is -3 and tied for ninth. Can he recover?
Molinari holds the outright lead now after a bogey for Poulter on the par-4 14th. The Italian has enjoyed a fine time of late but there would be no better way of capping that off than winning the green jacket.
It is some achievement for Lefty – he is currently playing his 100th round at Augusta. He is -4 after starting the round -5. Only one shot behind solo leader now Molinari.
It has been a tournament from hell for past Masters champions Jose Maria Olazabal and Vijay Singh this week.
Two-time Masters champion Olazabal finished on +13, while Singh is +12 with two holes remaining.
And it’s a two-way lead at the top now between Europeans Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari.
The Ryder Cup team-mates are on -6. DeChambeau has lost his pace after a double bogey at the par-4 10th.
2007 Masters winner was left red-faced on the 13th. As he took a practice swing on the par-5, the American accidentally hit the ball off the tee. Luckily for him, there is no penalty as it was unintentional.
The Italian magician is on the charge and is looking to write his name in the history books. Molinari is -5, just one stroke off DeChambeau.
DeChambeau just needs to calm down at the moment. After picking up a shot at the 8th, the American drops one immediately on the next. Now on -6, just one ahead of the chasing pack.
Despite his back injury at Augusta, Jason Day is battling impressively out there. The Australian, who was seen to by medical staff on Thursday, has picked up three shots during his second round to move to -5.
The Australian has moved to the back-nine two shots behind the leader DeChambeau.
DeChambeau gets his two-shot lead back after birdie at the par-5 8th. The mad scientist (-7) moves two clear of Day and Molinari.
After a positive start to the second round for the Englishman, where he picked up two shots on the opening two rounds, it has gone downhill since.
He went onto the third tee +1 but two dropped shots has moved himself back to +3. He has it all to do to make the cut!
The lead is now six under. Bulletproof so far, the leader goes long with his approach at the 7th and can’t get up and down.
Some big moves elsewhere too. Molinari grabs another birdie at the long 8th after laying up just short of the green. Koepka has dropped ANOTHER shot, this time at the 6th after again going long with his approach – that’s a cardinal sin at Augusta. And Justin Thomas, another highly fancied to do well here, chips in at the 6th to leap up to one under.
Johnson did manage to save par on the 5th from 9 ft. Impressive. But at the 7th he’s now sliced another drive right into the trees. He’s currently at three under, alongside a big group: Kizzire, Aphibarnrat, Kuchar, Molinari and Harding, who has started with two pars.
Not good for the Englishman, who has lost another shot at the 5th, which really is a brute of a hole after being lengthened by 40 yards for this year’s championship. At three over, he’s just one shot the right side of the predicted cut line.
That beastly 5th claims another victim – this time it’s Mickelson. His drive flies left into trees, forcing him to bail out right with his second. It’s bogey time. Five under, alongside Koepka, who has also lost a shot. This one’s gone at the 4th with a shocking three-putt – his second lipped out from just two feet.
You know the old saying, beware the wounded golfer? Well, Day, after having physio treatment on the course and barely being able to pick his ball out of the hole yesterday, has now picked up birdies at the 1st, 2nd and 5th to join Poulter at five under.
Kuchar drops a shot at the 7th and falls back to two under.
The world No 1 was rightly among the favourites to win here but his opening round of 75 was horrid. He made a fast start today with birdies at the first two holes but has lost a shot at the 3rd and is back to two over. Much work to do.
His drive at the long 5th finds the fairway bunker and he has to hack out sideways. A brilliant shot from 183 yards sets up a chance to save par from 9ft but it’s not been plain sailing so far for Johnson.
Woudn’t you know it, Koepka brushes off the double bogey with a birdie at the 3rd. His drive is long, his pitch is superb and his putt is perfect. Six under, one back alongside Mickelson.
Kuchar is now up to three under after birdieing the 6th – he’s picked up shots at both the short holes on the front 9 – impressive stuff.
Koepka’s in meltdown! Who would have seen this coming? His drive is hooked into the trees, his second catches a tree and bounces into a hazard, his fourth is a chip sideways onto the fairway, and at the easiest hole on the course, the leader makes a SEVEN. That’s a double bogey, and he’s back to five under. DeChambeau now leads alone.
That Koepka birdie was his trademark. Booming drive, a wedge to 15 feet then a putt right into the centre of the cup. Makes the toughest of golf courses look so easy. Will the field be scared given his formidable record in the majors?
Oh, now this is ominous indeed. DeChambeau, as you would expect, birdies the long second. But the bigger news is behind him, Koepka birdieing the 1st. If he can do that on that toughest of starts, what lies in store this afternoon? Both men stretch their lead at seven under now.
Mickelson birdies the 2nd too – he’s just one back.
The Open champion leaps up to fifth with a birdie at the 3rd. He very nearly holed his wedge from 121 yards as it span back past the hole. Watch out for this man.
Elsewhere, Day birdies the 2nd to join him at three under while Johnson misses out on a hole he’d usually gobble up. Even he needed a wood to reach the green but he missed right, leaving a tough pitch, and he couldn’t get up and down.
Birdies at the 2nd and 4th lift Matt Kuchar up to two under after his bogey at the 1st.
Jason Day, who barely made it through round one due to his dodgy back, hobbles to a par at the 1st, along with old time Mickelson, who probably has a better back than the man 17 years his junior.
Curiously poor second shot by DeChambeau at the 1st. He’s fatted it short of the green. His chip is good though, four feet left for par, which he makes. Johnson, meanwhile flies his chip well past down the hill and misses his par putt. Bogey to start and he’s back to three under.
There’s a disappointing par for Molinari at the 2nd, while Poulter pars the 3rd.
DJ got a fortunate bounce in those trees and found a gap to punch his ball out to the back of the green. NO prizes for going long on any of these holes, however, so he’s still got his work cut out to save par.
Dustin Johnson, at four under alongside Poulter, steps up to the 1st tee and carves an uncharacteristic slice into the trees on the right. Big trouble in there.
No problems for DeChambeau, the joint leader, who pumps one right up the middle.
Bounce-back birdie for Poulter, who’s back up to four under, and fourth place, after two-putting the 2nd green.
Poulter, bedecked in grey tartan slacks, brushes off that opening bogey by firing straight down the middle from the 2nd tee, then launching one to the front edge of the green. Long eagle attempt coming up.
Molinari, naturally, splits the fairway at the 1st before finding the front edge with his approach. 20 feet for birdie – but it pulls up short. An opening par at Augusta never hurt anyone though. He’s two under. Horschel is too now after another birdie at the 2nd.
The Englishman left himself with too much to do with those wild two opening shots and drops one to move back to three under. Plenty of time to make up for that, however.
Kevin Kisner and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are both underway with pars at the first, staying at three under. Thorbjorn Olesen, sixth on his Masters debut in 2013 and now aged 29, is up to two under after a birdie at the 3rd.
He drives into the cavernous fairway bunker then flies well left of the green with his second shot, forcing a pitch to 17 feet. He’s got that left to avoid an opening bogey.
Billy Horschel’s into red numbers after a birdie on the 1st, Kizzire and Langer are going steady on two under.
But it’s all about to heat up as the big guns head out. Here comes Poulter…
This is what US TV golf analyst Brendel Chamblee had to say about Koepka’s recent weight loss before the tournament (rumoured to be because of a photoshoot for ESPN’s body issue.) ‘Now, for him to change his body and his body chemistry, for vanity reasons, for a vanity shoot, is the most reckless self sabotage that I have ever seen of an athlete in his prime.’
After Koepka’s opening 66, should we now consider this ‘the most reckless self sabotage that I have ever seen of a pundit in his prime’?
He’s also just gone to two under par at the Masters. A birdie at the tough 1st hole, thanks to a fine approach and a gorgeous, curling 18-foot putt, edges the 1985 and 1993 champion right up there. Can he hang on?
His fellow Golden Oldie, Lyle, has slipped back to one over.
Simply put, he’s rock bottom of the leaderboard. ‘The Duck’ is a former champion (in 2009) but at 49 years of age his best days are well behind him. He shot 82 on Thursday.
The South African is a form horse, having won in Qatar this year on the European Tour and worked his way into the world’s top 50. He’s also the surprise name near the top of the leaderboard so far, after an opening 69.
JB (which stands for John Bradley – who knew?) had a good first round of 70, putting him alongside the likes of Woods and Molinari. He also happens to be a 150/1 outside each-way bet tipped by your truly…
Not significant, but surprising(ish).
The tech wizards here tell me that the most searched for golfers in the world right now on the interweb (after Tiger, Rory and the other superstars) are JB Holmes, Justin Harding and Angel Cabrera. Here’s possibly why…
Kizzire picks up that shot he lost by birdieing the 2nd, and goes back to two under.
And go Sandy! Lyle too birdies 2 and is back at level – bit too soon to dream about making the cut (which is the top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead) but it’s a fine start.
This will play into the long-hitters’ hands as the course will play much longer, meaning there is a premium on distance the ball flies through the air. Hope for McIlroy, then.
Before the cruel jokes flood in – no, Dustin Johnson did not draw this, it was a present given to him.
And while that’s far from a settling start, it could have been much worse when his third shot ran off into the bunker. Sandy Lyle in for a par and stays at +1.
Finishing touches are being put to the course as the first group begin. Patton Kizzire, beginning on -2, has just missed the green with his approach on the first from a comfortable spot in the fairway.
And it doesn’t get any better, with his ball running off the back of the green and into the bunker. A touch of nerves early on?
Sandy Lyle is in the first group underway at Augusta in a little over 10 minutes, alongside Michael Kim and Patton Kizzire and the group that follows includes Trevor Immelman – a 2008 winner here. He’s on +2 after the opening round.
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen is one of the higher ranked players out early at 1:03pm – he’s tied 21st on -1 and finished sixth here in 2013, his first appearance at Augusta. He’s playing alongside the legendary Jose Maria Olazabal, a two-time winner in 1994 and 1999.
DeChambeau, the physics major, is known as the Mad Scientist due to his use of mathematics to gain an advantage on the course. But you don’t need to be Einstein to work out that at six under par he’s in a share of the lead. Here’s his best bits from yesterday.
He’s won two of the last three majors played, and three of the last six, so if he continues to play like he did on Thursday, it’s hard to see. Here are the highlights…
All those par-5s look gettable today. Standby for some fireworks…
There is plenty to keep us going until the big guns go out, but here are the main groups in the early wave:
2:47 Kevin Kisner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Shugo Imahira (Jpn)
2:58 Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter (Eng), Matt Kuchar
3:09 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spn), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
3:31 Bubba Watson, Patrick Cantlay, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn)
3:42 Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day (Aus)
3:53: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose (Eng), Justin Thomas
4:04: Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey (Eng), Brooks Koepka
We’re back underway again at 1.30pm BST, with Sandy Lyle, Michael Kim, Patton Kizzire leading the way. Lyle, the 1988 champion who’s now 61, is just one over par. Could he make the cut?
Yes, there are a few notable absentees from that stellar list, most notably Jordan Spieth, who is struggling on three over par, and Rory McIlroy, who limped in at one over and off the pace.
Early days still though, and if anyone’s capable of firing himself back into contention, it’s that man.
Koepka, DeChambeau, Mickelson, Poulter, Johnson, Scott, Rahm, Woods, Molinari, Fleetwood, Day, Fowler… they’re all up there.
And yes, I did say Woods.
WHAT. A. LEADERBOARD.
Seriously, just look at it! We’ve been waiting for an all-star major like this for a while now and, wouldn’t you know it, Augusta National has brought the cream to the top.
What a leaderboard we have after day one at the Masters. Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau lead the way, and not far behind are more heavyweights.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are right in the hunt for historic wins in their 40s; Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are superstar players; and there are plenty of European hopes, including Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
OK, so Rory McIlroy disappointed – but that aside, the tournament really could not have been teed up better, so stay tuned for round two, when the real contenders from that stellar pack will separate themselves.
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