Is This Tiger Wood’s Masters?
Day two at the Masters in Augusta played in different conditions. It rained during the night and part of the morning, and the winds came.
Dustin Johnson was having a great round, looking like he could be as much as 9 under par at the end of his day. Then came the thirteenth hole. He found the water. He seemed to lose concentration and ended his day with a 76, four over par and in 21st place. Welcome to Augusta.
Meanwhile, Tiger’s entire game was on track. After his first 9 holes, he was tied with Marc Leishman and 53 year old Fred Couples for the lead at 5 under par.
Tiger sailed along until the 13th when an errant tee shot forced him to lay-up. He managed a par, while Jason Day joined the group of four at 5 under par.
On the 15th, a pushed tee shot to the trees on the right forced him to lay-up again, water between him and the flag. He hit a perfect shot, too perfect. His ball took one hop, hit the flag pole, and caromed off into the water. Showing great character, he hit the shot again with perfection, landing within three feet of the hole. Bogey six, but it could have been worse. He was then one shot off of the lead.
He made another tough par on the par three 16th, after he hit his first shot in the green side bunker. He made a four on the seventeenth, while Jason Day moved ahead of the pack to get to six under par and take sole possession of the lead.
Tiger bogeyed the 18th, for the first time playing at Augusta, and dropped to three back.
Here comes the weekend. I thought today was Tiger’s day to make a statement, but he became erratic on the last six holes. Although it’s true he was unlucky on the 15th, he is still not playing with complete consistency.
With 36 holes yet to play, no one has jumped up and said, “I’m the one to beat”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express