The Masters 2013: Late Tee-Time Golfers to Watch in Round 2 at Augusta

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IApril 12, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Justin Rose of England chips onto the green from the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Round two at Augusta is underway on Friday, and Sergio Garcia has already dropped out of a share of the lead with Marc Leishman after the first few holes. 

Other golfers are also on the course at the 2013 Masters, meaning that some are out trying to claim a green jacket while others are inside, on the practice area or finding a quiet place to get ready for the 18-hole marathon that is a golfer's daily regimen. 

That being said, the leaderboard looks just about the same as it did when play started on Friday morning. Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson have switched places, as Kuchar now sits alone at five-under and in second place while Johnson moved back to four-under with an early birdie. 

Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy have all also hit the course at Augusta, with the first man holding steady through the first few holes while Scott and McIlroy have both dropped shots to move further down the board. 

Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan has dropped two shots through his first nine holes to move into three-over, still above the projected cut. If he was to make the cut, he would become the youngest player to do so in the 77-year history of the Masters. 

With tee times about to start pouring in over the next couple of hours, take a look at a few guys below you should keep a close eye on when they hit the course on Friday afternoon. 

Note: Expected start times for second round are in parentheses by each golfer.

Justin Rose (-2, 12:24 p.m. ET)

Chasing his first ever major championship, Justin Rose will start the day at two-under, tied with countryman Lee Westwood and tournament favorite Tiger Woods. 

Rose had a nice day on Thursday, staying with the field while only missing five greens and three fairwarys in the opening round. He also had birdies on three of the four par-five holes at Augusta—always important for championship contenders. 

On Thursday, Rose will again be paired with Brandt Snedeker and Ryo Ishikawa.

After finishing in the top 10 at this event in 2012 and capping off a great Ryder Cup win over Phil Mickelson in the final few holes of the pair's singles match, it's looking more and more like Rose is a dark horse to win his first major here in 2013. 

He's No. 3 on the World Golf Rankings for a reason, and that should show out on Friday. 

Marc Leishman (-6, 12:35 p.m. ET)

The big Australian surprised us all with a captivating opening round, putting in several big shots during his six-under round of 66. 

He managed to birdie four straight holes on the back nine on Thursday, making up for a bogey on No. 1 and finishing his day with seven birdies overall. Leishman leads despite only hitting 50 percent (7-of-14) of the fairwarys, a true testament to how his short game and iron work were both clicking on Thursday. 

Now the real challenge begins. 

With a target on his back and a group of golfers behind him all aiming for that elusive green jacket, Leishman must avoid looking up at the scoreboard and play loose—like he did in Round 1. 

With a late start, Leishman will have more cameras on his game on Friday. We'll see how he responds to golf's biggest stage. 

Rickie Fowler (-4, 1:52 p.m. ET)

The colorful Fowler might have captured more attention with his outfit (a bright green, sherbet-looking, head-to-toe ensemble), but he quietly finished the day with a four-under 68 and will be one of the last three golfers to tee off on Thursday. 

Fowler managed to survive a double-bogey on the par-four No. 10 by making an eagle on the 15th, capping his up-and-down day with a solid stretch of golf after his mishap at the turn. 

Like Rose, Fowler was under par on three of the four par-five holes. 

However, his round might be considered a fluke if you look at the stats. Fowler was just 9-of-18 in hitting greens in regulation and missed more fairways (8) than he hit (6). Upon a second look, Fowler finished with an incredible mark of 1.17 putts per hole in the first round, meaning his short game was crisp and on point all day. 

Still, the young Fowler has finished inside the top 10 in only one of 12 major tournament appearances, and his inconsistency off the tee must stop to avoid a monumental letdown at Augusta on Friday. Fowler broke the mold with an incredible mark with his putter, but don't expect the same results if he struggles early. 

Tiger Woods (-2, 1:41 p.m. ET)

Still with the best odds to be the outright winner of the 2013 Masters (7/2, via Bovada), Woods had a ho-hum day on the course on Thursday. 

Hitting three birdies in his first 13 holes, Woods succumbed to a bogey on the par-four No. 14 before finishing his day with four-straight pars and a two-under score. 

Uncharacteristic of his Masters wins, Woods missed some easy birdie putts late in the round, but managed to hit his irons and driver well enough to pick up two of his birdies on the par-fives and another on No. 6—a favorable hole for he and McIlroy on Thursday. 

On Friday, look for Woods' short game to again come under fire. 

Despite hitting 13-of-18 greens in regulation, Tiger was a mediocre 1.66 putts per hole, explaining the 14 pars he finished with on Thursday afternoon. If he can find his putting stroke on Friday, there's a good chance he will be either leading or close to the pace when the second round closes out. 

The action is underway right now on ESPN, so make sure you tune it to catch all of these golfers who are a little late to the party on Friday—you won't regret it. 


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