Day one at Augusta National set up an enthralling weekend ahead the Masters. Day two is now underway and here’s our pick of tee-times you should pay close attention to.
9:14am | Fred Couples, Haotong Li, Joaquin Niemann
In his first Masters, Haotong Li (-3) got off to a fine start with a 69 to tie for fourth. He will look to build on that when he gets his second-round underway at 9:14am local time, alongside 1992-champion Fred Couples (E) and current second-placed amateur Joaquin Niemann (+4).
9:36am | Bernhard Langer, Tony Finau, Yuta Ikeda
It’s a miracle that Tony Finau (-4) has managed to play this week after dislocating his ankle during the par-3 event on Wednesday, let alone the fact that he’s currently tied second and two shots off the lead.Embed from Getty Images
He’ll be teeing his second 18 off with two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer (+2) and Yuta Ikea (+4) who haven’t got off to similarly prosperous starts.
10:31am | Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar (-4) gave a typically steady Matt Kuchar round yesterday and so is in level second with Finau. Owner of three Green Jackets Phil Mickelson (-2) sits in tied 11th with Rickie Fowler (-2) as the entire group sit inside the top 15.
10:42am | Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm
The above group will be immediately followed by Rory McIlroy (-3) and company. The Northern Irishman got off to his best Masters start since 2011 with a 69 including some crucial par-saves on the back-nine. His partners are not to be brushed over, either. However, 2013 winner Adam Scott (+3) and world-number-three Jon Rahm (+3) will have to put something impressive together on Friday to move into contention.
10:53am | Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen
And then comes the leader Jordan Spieth (-6) – or as we’ve named him, Mr. Augusta National. Five birdies between the 13th and 17th holes led Spieth into a two-stroke lead at the top and if it wasn’t for a bogey on the last, that lead would be three. Louis Oothuizen (-1) came second in 2012 and has kept himself in the frame, but Alex Noren (+2) has got some work to do.
01:27pm | Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
As is seemingly the case at every event at the moment, it was all eyes on Tiger Woods (+1) yesterday. He perhaps didn’t deliver on the level many had hoped, with a 73, but it will only take one of the Augusta rounds we know he is capable of to make a big move.Embed from Getty Images
It’s an afternoon tee off for Woods today, and he will again be joined by Marc Leishman (-2) – who led for a large portion yesterday – and Tommy Fleetwood (E).
01:38pm | Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, Doc Redman
Any hopes of a title defence came crashing down for Sergio Garcia (+9) yesterday when he found the water five (FIVE) times and scored a 13 (THIRTEEN) on the par-five 15th that was so crucial in his win last year. Only one player, amateur Harry Ellis (+14), sits lower than Garcia. It’s a case of damage limitation for the Spaniard now.
His professional partner will be far from happy with his return, too. World-number-two and hotly tipped Justin Thomas (+2) opened with a 74, but amateur Doc Redman (+4) is tied second on the non-pro leaderboard.
02:00pm | Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman, Adam Hadwin
As Thursday’s three-balls went, none did better across the board than this group. All of Patrick Reed (-3), Charley Hoffman (-3) and Adam Hadwin (-3) opened their Masters campaign with a 69.
Hoffman began with a 65 last year, but fell away to tied 22nd. He will be hoping to build rather than fall as the tournament progresses this year, as will the rest of his group in the final tee-time of round two.