Masters Second Round News & Notes
By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor
Augusta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Adam Scott battled to shoot even-par 72 in round two. Scott shares third place at 3-under 141, but it could have been much worse.
The Australian bogeyed three of the first five holes to fall to even-par for the tournament. He remained there as he ran off six straight pars from the sixth.
Scott stuffed his tee ball to three feet at the 12th. After he kicked that in for birdie, he knocked his second to the par-5 13th over the green. He 2- putted for birdie from there.
At the par-5 15th, Scott's second trickled to the back edge. From there, he again 2-putted for birdie to get back to minus-3.
"It was very tough. Tricky pin positions again and the greens were so firm and getting that brown tinge to them. Patience came into it on the back nine and I just tried to remember the good shots I hit on the back nine yesterday," Scott said.
Scott parred the final three holes to end at 3-under 141. He and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose were the only two 2013 major champions to make the cut.
Phil Mickelson had a string of 19 consecutive cuts made at the Masters, but he failed to make the weekend as did PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.
Mickelson missed the cut despite closing with three birdies in the final four holes. However, those birdies were wrapped around a bogey on No. 17.
Dufner shot 80 in round one and mixed five bogeys and three bogeys in a round of 74 on Friday. Dufner missed the cut by eight shots.
MCILROY STRUGGLES TO 77
Rory McIlroy nearly missed the cut for the second time in three major championships, but a clutch 2-putt par on the 18th got him into the weekend on the number.
McIlroy struggled to a 5-over 77 to end 36 holes at 4-over 148, which was the cut line. He was the last player to finish there, so he will play with a marker in round three.
The Ulsterman bogeyed the second, then wrapped birdies at three and five around a double-bogey on the par-3 fourth. He parred four in a row from the sixth to remain at even-par.
McIlroy knocked his second shot from the fairway over the green at the 10th. It took him two chip shots to reach the putting surface and he walked off with a double-bogey.
He followed with a bogey on 11. His drive found the fairway, but his second shot missed right and he failed to get up and down for par.
At the 13th, his second bounded into the bushes off a sprinkler head and that led to another bogey. McIlroy battled to five straight pars to cap his round.
GOSS WINS LOW AMATEUR
It doesn't happen very often, but the low amateur winner was determined after two rounds. Oliver Goss carded a 1-under 71 to end 36 holes at 3-over-par 147.
Goss, the U.S. Amateur runner-up, opened with a birdie on the second. He ran off five straight pars from the third. He traded a birdie for a bogey from the eighth to make the turn at plus-3.
After four pars in a row to start his second nine, Goss birdied the 14th. However, he gave that shot back two holes later when he made bogey on the 16th.
Goss parred the final two, then sat and watched what would happen to the other amateurs.
Chang-woo Lee, Jordan Niebrugge, Garrick Porteous and Michael McCoy all finished at least five strokes over the cut line, so that left it to Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick, who won last year's U.S. Amateur, had three bogeys and two birdies through 15 holes. He needed one more birdie over the final three holes to make the cut.
After pars at 16 and 17, he knocked his approach inside eight feet, but his birdie effort slid by the left edge and he missed the cut by one.
* This is the third time Bubba Watson has opened with back-to-back under-par rounds in a major. The other two times were when he won the 2012 Masters and when he was a playoff loser at the 2010 PGA Championship.
* Since Tiger Woods turned pro, this is the third major championship in which neither he nor Phil Mickelson will be around for the weekend.
* Eleven first-time Masters participants made the cut.
* A record six players that are Champions Tour eligible made the cut. Fred Couples led that group at minus-2. The others were Bernhard Langer (plus-2), Larry Mize (plus-2), Vijay Singh (plus-2), Miguel Angel Jimenez (plus-3) and Sandy Lyle (plus-4).
* First-round leader Bill Haas struggled to a 6-over 78, which dropped him into a share of 26th at 2-over 146.
* Marc Leishman birdied the first three holes on Friday to take the lead at minus-5, but he stumbled to six bogeys and two double-bogeys the rest of the way. He shot 7-over 79 and missed the cut.
* There were 272 birdies and 420 bogeys on Friday as the field averaged 74.08 strokes.
* The easiest hole in round two was the par-5 eighth, which played to an average of 4.59 strokes. The eighth has also been easiest through two days, averaging 4.74 strokes after 36 holes.
* The hardest hole on Friday was the par-4 11th. It yielded just three birdies as the field played the hole in an average of 4.59 shots. After 36 holes, the 11th has been hardest as players have needed 4.53 strokes to play the hole through two rounds.
04/11 21:41:41 ET