Masters dog-fight is a lot of fun for Fowler
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 11:28
He and I could potentially get off to a good start and we could really push each other.
Rickie Fowler's 5-under-par 67 put him in position for a strong run at a Masters championship on Friday.
"I definitely know I haven't won a major", Garcia said to applause from his teammates. There are wonderful story lines in a major championship.
After a bogey-free 71 Thursday, Garcia began round two with three birdies, a Masters first for him, before a bogey at the par-3 fourth, a birdie to close the front nine and birdies at 15 and 17 to offset two early back-nine bogeys.
"I took advantage and the last two birdies put the cherry on the cake". He even got a fortunate break - yes, Sergio Garcia had that happen in a major - when his second shot on 13 dipped into the hazard, but stayed up on the shaved bank above the creek.
"I'm going to need my best score around - 65". In addition to the standard broadcast feed starting at 3:00, the site will stream action all day from Amen Corner (the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes for the Augusta newbies), 15 and 16, as well as several "featured groups".
It was Fowler who had the round of the day at five-under par and is now the 7/2 favorite to claim the Green Jacket, according to the Westgate LV Superbook.
But Jordan Spieth, minus the mashie, is giving it a pretty good run.
Rory McIlroy has more work to do if he wants that green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam.
"I think that at the end of the day, that's really the only thing you can do".
After an opening 75 that featured a quadruple bogey at the 15th, Spieth was 10 strokes off the lead. The two-time major victor, a 2015 Masters champion who famously opened to door to Willett previous year by inexplicably throwing away a five-shot lead on the back nine, carded a brilliant four-under 68 - including redemption at the 15th, where he produced a truly ugly quadruple-bogey 9 two days ago - to put himself firmly in contention.
"These first two rounds are probably the best I've ever played at Augusta", Garcia said.
Garcia, whose best Masters finish was tied fourth in 2004, will tee off on Sunday which would have been the 60th birthday of Spanish great Seve Ballesteros who died of cancer in 2011. Mickelson was one shot behind until he sputtered down the stretch with three bogeys and two par saves over his last five holes for a 73. My shot under pressure, which is kind of my comfort shot, is just like a hard fade, and I lost it a couple times. He will be paired in the final group with Rose, one of his friends.
Fowler has spoken positively throughout the week and was asked to rate how much fun he's having on a scale of one to 10. "I'm thinking clearly. I'm not rushing, and it just feels good out there".
"From how my game feels, how I feel just about life, I feel great on the golf course. I've had a lot of good finishes here and my goal is to keep fighting with these guys", Couples said. I'm right handed. I could see the right edge on the tower, but my ball, the actual shot wasn't blocked.
That final hole was especially important because it came after back-to-back bogeys.
Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, was seventh on 213 with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another stroke adrift with England's Lee Westwood and Belgium's Thomas Pieters on 215.