By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Twice Masters runner-up Justin Rose overcame an opening bogey with a fast birdie on Friday to restore his four-shot lead early in second-round motion at Augusta National.
Unlike the windy situations that annoyed many prime golfers throughout Thursday’s opening spherical, gamers returned to Augusta National on Friday to overcast skies and calm situations that might open the door to decrease scoring.
Rose, whose opening 65 was the bottom spherical of his profession at Augusta National, bogeyed the par-four first gap after sending his tee shot into the bushes alongside the proper aspect of the green.
But the 40-year-old Englishman rapidly responded at the par-five second the place he received up and down from 27 yards after lacking the inexperienced together with his strategy shot.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and American Brian Harman, who completed the primary spherical 4 photographs again of Rose in a share of second, had but to tee off.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who has by no means missed a lower in 5 earlier begins at the Masters, was additionally 4 photographs again of Rose after carding 5 birdies over his first eight holes.
Australian Marc Leishman, who completed in a share of thirteenth at final November’s Masters, birdied his opening three holes and was 4 photographs again of Rose by means of seven holes.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who carded an opening 76, had simply began his spherical and can doubtless want to go a lot decrease on Friday to keep away from lacking his first main lower because the 2019 British Open.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who was 11 photographs again of Rose after the primary spherical, was scheduled to tee off at 1:36 p.m. ET (1736 GMT).
Also among the many later starters is Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who will want to make a historic comeback after his worst begin to the Masters if he hopes to full the profession Grand Slam of golf’s 4 majors this week.
(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)