Justin Rose is the clubhouse leader at -7
Follow all the action as the second day of The Masters gets underway at Augusta, following a dramatic opening round which saw Justin Rose surge to a four-shot lead thanks to an spectacular round of 65 on Thursday.
After making two bogies in his opening seven holes, Rose suddenly found a golden touch as he went nine under through his next 11 to take the clubhouse lead ahead of Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama (both -3).
It was a chastening opening day for some of the pre-tournament favourites, however, with Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy both struggling. The big-hitting American carded a 4-over-par 76, while McIlroy shot the same score in an error-strewn round that also saw the Northern Irishman hit his own father with a wayward shot. Both of those players have work to do if they are to make the cut, with the lowest 50 players making it to the weekend.
Elsewhere, players will be jostling for position in an attempt to make up ground on Rose. Jordan Spieth, Shane Lowry and Tyrell Hatton are six shots back at -1, while defending champion Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bob MacIntyre, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick are in a group further behind at +2.
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THE MASTERS 2021: MACINTYRE UNDERWAY
Bob MacIntyre gets his second round underway with a perfect drive straight down the middle of the 445-yard par-four first, and follows up it with a iron that finds the green. He’ll have a 40-foot putt for birdie. The Scot, playing at Augusta for the first time, spoke to the Independent’s Tom Kershaw this week.
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THE MASTERS 2021: HOW DOES THE CUT WORK?
At the end of play today, the field of 88 will be cut down, with the top 50 players, includes ties, making it through to the weekend. For a long time, the Masters cut used to include anyone who was within 10 shots of the lead at half-way, but that rule was scrapped in 2020.
As it stands, the cut is projected to be at +2, which would not be enough for the likes McIlroy, DeChambeau and Lee Westwood, as well as former champions Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Danny Willett. Only 12 players scored under-par on Friday, and all of the above are in danger of missing the weekend unless they are in the red today.
THE MASTERS 2021: FIRST GROUP UNDERWAY
Vijay Singh, the three-time major winner and Masters champion in 2000, gets day two underway alongside Scotland’s Martin Laird.
Key tee-off times to look out for over the next couple of hours are Robert MacIntyre (+2) at 13:36, Francesco Molinari (+2) at 14:12 and the overnight leader Justin Rose (-7) at 14:36.
THE MASTERS 2021: EARLY OPPORTUNITY?
The early starters on day two at Augusta will be looking to make the most of the more-favourable weather conditions, with a clear shift forecast for later in the day.
After a mild and cloudy start, winds are set to increase throughout the day and there is a chance of rain and thunderstorms later this evening.
THE MASTERS 2021: DAY TWO HOLE LOCATIONS
FULL SCHEDULE FOR DAY TWO
The Masters tee off times 2021: Full schedule for Day 2
Rory McIlroy again steps out with Ryder Cup teammate Jon Rahm and world No 6 Xander Schauffele
THE STORY OF DAY ONE
Justin Rose recaptures best form as Rory McIlroy toils at The Masters
Englishman’s exquisite 65 saw him surge into a four-shot lead as the favourites struggled
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