Marc Leishman continued his excellent play on Day 2 of the 2013 Masters, but it was Jason Day who came out on top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
Tiger Woods battled well throughout the day but hit snags with bogeys on 15 and 18 to drop to three under for the tournament. On 15, Woods hit a perfect shot off the pin that rolled into the water. That two-stroke swing definitively altered the leaderboard after two rounds.
On 18, though, Woods imploded a bit when he three-putted in non-typical Tiger fashion.
Woods wasn’t the biggest story of the day, though. Jason Day scored a field-high 68 on Friday, improving on an already solid opening-round 70, to take the lead.
Rory McIlroy rebounded a bit on Friday by hitting four birdies on the windy back nine to finish at two under heading into the weekend.
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Sergio Garcia impressed on the first day of action on Thursday. His opening-round 66 put him in a great position to make a run at the green jacket. Friday was a completely different story, though. He shot a 76 to drop him to two under par.
Garcia is far from out of contention, but he’ll have to rebound mentally to have any chance at catching the leaders this weekend.
Rickie Fowler was in contention after his opening-round four-under, but he also went backward with a 76 on Friday. He’s still even heading into the weekend and is far from gone from contention, but the big drop in his performance has to concern the American.
Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson were two of the biggest disappointments after two rounds of golf. They made the cut, barely, after both skirted the line on Friday.
Watson, who won the green jacket last year, hit just five fairways in Round 2 and tied 14-year-old Tianlang Guan at four over. Surprisingly, Guan made the cut but suffered a somewhat embarrassing one-stroke penalty for slow play.
Lefty started out with a decent 71 on Thursday but forgot how to hit a green on Day 2, finishing with a less-than-spectacular 76.
It’s hard to count either one of these two exceptional professionals out. A strong performance on Saturday could change things pretty quickly, but time is certainly running out.