Willett feels added pressure as he returns to Masters
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 21:10
"I feel like it's just playing golf now", Kisner said. It was soon announced that it was a scoring error and Garcia had merely made bogey on the hole, leaving him at 2-under par for the tournament. "All in all it's not that bad". "I don't think it will be long before you see these guys step it up again in major championships".
Hoffman could only add a 75 to his brilliant opening 65, while Garcia birdied the first three holes for the first time in 19 visits to Augusta in his 69.
Belgium's Thomas Pieters had stormed into an early lead at five-under through 10 on his Augusta debut, but fell foul of Amen Corner as he made bogey at the 11th followed by a double at the 12th, his tee-shot coming up short and finding the water hazard. Fowler hit four birdies and an eagle to just one bogey to move up for a share of the leader board.
Jordan Spieth plays a shot from a greenside bunker on the 16th hole during a practice round at Augusta National.
High winds frustrated numerous players as just nine players are under par going into Saturday.
Willett, who selected a Sunday roast for yesterday's champion's dinner, the traditional meal selected by the previous year's victor, will head out alongside American Kuchar, who won bronze at last year's Olympic Games in Rio, and Australian Luck at 12.24pm local time.
Another Masters champion - two-time, in fact - experiencing a lengthy slump also missed the cut Friday.
For every outing that was a lark or a labor of love, like wearing the green jacket in the royals box at Wimbledon, or posing at the trophy ceremony with the young winners of the "Wee Willetts" golf foundation he established back near his hometown of Rotherham in the northwest of England, there were plenty he'd have preferred to skip.
The top 50 players and ties, plus anyone within 10 of the lead, qualify for the last two rounds, with Canada's Mike Weir the last defending champion to miss the cut in 2004. German Martin Kaymer is two-over-par after Friday, and fellow German Bernhard Langer missed the cut.
Historically, the toughest holes at the Masters are the first three holes of the second nine at Augusta National - in order on the scorecard.
Willett signed for a blemish-free round of 67 while Spieth dropped six shots in three holes, quadruple bogeying the 12th hole.
Having hosted the "Champions Dinner" on Tuesday night, Willett proceeded to serve up a dog's dinner at the start of his second round.
"Practice is world class right now", he said. It's going to be different this year.
As the American let six shots slide at the final hole, he finished the tournament with one-over 73, levelling on points with Lee Westwood in second. The two most prominent were British Open champ Henrik Stenson and U.S. Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed.