AUGUSTA DIARY: Paul Casey has a lot to live up to in this year’s tournament… while Bubba Watson’s Masters aim in 2020 is ‘crystal clear’
- Day two of the Masters saw much better weather at the Augusta National course
- Paul Casey joins an elite group of players to shoot 65 or lower in the first round
- Kevin Na became the first man since 2009 to hit all 18 greens in regulation
- Meanwhile, Larry Mize’s drives on day one travelled an average of 247 yards
Day two of the Masters got underway on Friday as the tournament begins to hot up after a drizzly opening day.
Four golfers lead the way after two days as Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson share the lead. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy looks like he is slowly moving away from contention.
Sportsmail’s man on the ground DEREK LAWRENSON tells all from Augusta as the Masters reaches the half-way stage…
The weather was much better on day two of the Masters as four players lead the way
CASEY HAS PLENTY TO DO
Paul Casey has a lot to live up to for the rest of the tournament after becoming just the seventh player in Masters history to shoot 65 or lower in the opening round.
The worst finish by the other six was tied second.
Paul Casey became the seventh player in Masters history to shoot 65 or lower in the first round
LARRY’S MIZERLY TOTAL COUNTS
This is why they say scorecards don’t carry any pretty pictures or care how you make your total. Larry Mize’s drives on day one travelled an average of 247 yards.
Bryson DeChambeau’s average was 334 yards. DeChambeau made two birdies to finish to match Mize’s score of 70.
KEVIN A GREAT PUTTER? NA!
American Kevin Na’s reputation as a demon putter may be shattered for ever after his extraordinary first round.
Na became the first man since Jim Furyk in 2009 to hit all 18 greens in regulation, but still shot a one over par 73. His round had 39 putts, one shy of the most since 1990.
America Kevin Na became the first man since 2009 to hit all 18 greens in regulation
‘MUD BALLS’ WILL START TO STICK
Here’s a prediction.
As the soft fairways begin to dry over the weekend, you’re going to hear a lot about mud balls from the commentary teams at Augusta National.
For the uninitiated, this refers to mud sticking to the ball after it pitches into the autumnal fairway, causing its spherical qualities to alter for the next shot.
BUBBA’S AIM IS CRYSTAL CLEAR
Bubba Watson’s latest Masters gem came at the par-five 13th, which he dispatched in just three shots before exclaiming, ‘Crystal!’.
For clarity, 2012 and 2014 Masters champion Watson had just joined an exclusive club.
Bubba Watson’s showing at the par-five 13th was a highlight in a promising day on Friday
Any player who eagles at Augusta — there were 12 in this year’s first round — is awarded two custom-engraved crystal goblets for their efforts, and an albatross lands the lucky player a large crystal bowl.
Watson’s compatriot Phil Mickelson has hoarded glassware in his career, having recorded nine Augusta eagles.
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