Friday at The Masters…. what a great way to enter the weekend! The only way that it could be greater is if we were in attendance to catch the tournament. On the heels of my Round 1 recap I thought… what the heck. How about a Round Two report. So here we go.
For those that read my lead in to the week I made a few picks… or at least guys to look for. I admit that I never gave the name William McGirt a thought and to be totally frank I never considered Sergio Garcia to be at or near the top of the leaderboard. But, lo and behold it’s “Moving Day Eve” and there sits Garcia atop the leaderboard in a four-way tie with Round 1 leader Charley Hoffman whom was nice enough to answer my question from my Round 1 recap. He came back to the field. This isn’t to take away from the fact that the rounds turned in by Thomas Pieters, Garcia and Rickie Fowler were impressive.
Fowler would card the low round of the day with an impressive -5 (67) as he surged towards the top. Over and over again I have become more and more impressed with Rickie. However, it isn’t for his play but for the class he has shown over and over again. Apologizing to fans for not signing autographs, then signing autographs after a recent victory into darkness and lastly yesterday. There he stood in attendance with all of the patrons taking in the Honorary Starter’s tee shots and tribute to our “Dear King”. Rickie… Arnie is watching down on you and he’s loving everything that you’re doing. It seems that you are truly embodying Mr. Palmer. In a time in the world where there is so much strife and people only care about themselves you’re a breath of fresh air. Karma can be a great thing.
Speaking of great things. Also in my Masters lead-in I mentioned a couple of other names to watch out for. I mentioned Jon Rahm as being a name to watch this week and he’s coming through. While Bernhard Langer missed the cut as did Patrick Reed. Jason Day snuck in as the last player to make the cut and Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama are in striking distance. But my boldest pick was that we would see magic out of Fred Couples. Today the former Masters Champion at age 57 came through with my prognostication. After two rounds one of the field’s elder statesmen sits T-6. Can you only imagine? I know that if he’s in the hunt after moving day the grounds would be utterly electric. Turn back the clock Freddie!
The leaderboard is stacking up and the weather this weekend is looking ideal. Masters Sunday magic… it’s coming. you can already hear the roars echoing through the pines, dogwoods and azaleas.
Until The Next Tee!