As the second round of the 2011 Masters has come to a close, 21 year old Rory McIlroy finds himself with a two stroke lead at -10 par, but the story of the day is Tiger Woods, who sat at even par on the 7th hole today, but charged up the leaderboard with six birdies to shoot 66 and finish the day tied for third place at -7 par. Tiger hit a terrific second shot around the trees on 18, then sunk the putt for birdie to end his terrific Friday with some extra momentum for tomorrow.
The only player to have a better day than Tiger today was McIlroy’s playing partner Jason Day, who had the round of the day after shooting an -8 64 to move into second place at -8 par. South Korea’s K.J. Choi is tied for third with Tiger at -7 par, Jeff Ogilvy and Alvaro Quiros are at -6, while Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang, Rickie Fowler, former champion Fred Couples, and Stockton native Ricky Barnes are all ties at -5.
Phil Mickelson shot an even par 72 to remain at -2 par for the tournament as well as Fresno State Alum Nick Watney who stands at even for the week. Stanford University’s amateur David Chung missed the cut at +4 par as the only amateur to make the cut was Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, and will be the winner of the Silver Cup, the award given to low scoring amateur at the Masters.
It’s shaping up to be a historic weekend with a pair of youthful twenty-somethings atop the leaderboard and Tiger on the prowl looking to reenergize his career and win his 5th green jacket.
Full Leaderboard can be found here.
Highlights including Tiger Woods’ and Jason Day’s incredible rounds can be found here.
Post round interviews by McIlroy, Woods, Day, Mickelson, Fowler, and more can be found here.