Saturday, 11 April 2009

2009 Masters Day 2 - The Course Strikes Back!

The weather or the pin placement committee weren't as benevolent on day two of the 2009 Masters. Overall scoring was worse as a result, but that didn't stop Anthony Kim shooting a record 11 birdies in his fantastic 65. Sergio Garcia and Kenny Perry both hit impressive 67s to shoot up the leaderboard. In Perry's case, it moved him all the way to -9 and the top of the pile. First round leader Chad Campbell joined him after adding a 70 to his opening 65. Phil Mickelson also made a move, shooting a fine 68 to move up to -3 for the tournament.

Tiger Woods again finished with a dropped shot for the second day running. He signed for a 72 to stay at -2, but he wasn't a happy camper as can be seen here:

Also on -2 is Padraig Harrington who was very unfortunate in his round of 73. His ball moved 3 feet thanks to a strong gust after he addressed it on the 15th green, incurring a one shot penalty. His short birdie putt thus became a gutsy par effort, which he thankfully sank. To add insult to injury, he horseshoed on 18 to miss out on another birdie. Hopefully that's all his bad luck out of the way now! Fellow Irish man Rory McIlroy endured a nightmare finish to his second round. Sitting pretty at -4 on the 16 tee, he 4 putted the short par 3 and then treble bogeyed the last to plummet down to the cut line. To cap it all, he then came within a whisker of getting disqualified for kicking the sand in the bunker before he managed to extricate his ball from it. This could have ultimately resulted in him signing an incorrect card, but fortunately he was cleared of any misconduct.

Gary Player signed off his 52 years of competing with an 83. The Black Knight deservedly received a fantastic reception on the 18th green and a touching hug from the younger South African competitors who waited there to greet him. More information on the day's play (including real time coverage) is available on the Golf Predictor Twitter feed (see panel on the right) and you can see highlights here:

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