Friday, April 12, 2019
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW / WAGT) – Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson were the men at the top of the Masters leaderboard on Friday morning.
At the end of their round, Friday afternoon, only one man managed to stay afloat at the top of an extremely crowded leader board.
Oh, and Tiger Woods. He is one of the leaders after what many call a "masterful nine".
This is Augusta National. This is drama. These are the masters who are heading towards what could be a very interesting weekend.
Let's start with someone who has had a difficult day.
What happened with Bryson DeChambeau?
DeChambeau went into day six to less than 66. He seemed to have managed to cross the top nine, but was in trouble late.
DeChambeau's day really seemed to be around Hole # 9 and Hole # 10, where the leader was gone bogey-double bogey. He still has bogey on # 12 and # 16.
"Well, I have a lot of ideas, I do not know if they're right," DeChambeau said. "I would say."
In closing his day, DeChambeau hit 75, good for +3 on the day.
The loss of speed in the day was, according to DeChambeau, "staggering".
"It's shocking for me and for me, it's frustrating, but at the end of the day, I still have a chance to win it, I'm obviously, what am I, four back at the moment? It's not that bad to get into the If you had said, you'd be four back, you have a chance, so not terrible, but I could surely be under 10 now, "said DeChambeau.
From top to bottom, Francesco Molinari surpasses his opponents
Francesco Molinari finished Thursday with a respectable -2 – good for a tie with Tiger Woods. In fact, Molinari went birdie or tied on 17 of the 18 holes on Thursday.
But Friday, the Italian professional has really taken off. He had a five-hole birdie and finished the day with 67 goals for a lead with Jason Day and Brooks Koepka.
This is a performance, so far, not surprising, at least one journalist who asked Molinari if he felt neglected before entering the Masters.
"No, I do not think so," Molinari said. "Obviously, there are a lot of great golf players right now, and you know, I think I get the attention I deserve, and it's not something I'm looking for or I'm desperate for business, and keep playing good golf, that's what I'm trying to focus on. "
Jason Day is almost removed due to back problems
Like Molinari, Jason Day entered Friday's round at just two cents and shot 70. Just like Molinari, Day took off and built a stable round.
But Day says he enjoys, like many others, par 5 holes.
"But you know, in the last two days I have played well normal 5," said Day. "I think I played them 7-under, which is good, try to minimize the mistakes, and you know, it's all the goal, if you can get in position and get closer to green or green, great, otherwise you know, and if you're out of position, put yourself in position and stall it on a tight hole and hopefully pierce the putt. "
But perhaps the biggest turnaround of Day was the fact that he was considering retiring yesterday because of back problems. It is safe to say that he made the right decision today.
"I told my younger brother, Luke, I said:" If it remains the same pain as on the green, I will probably end up withdrawing, "Day said. "But it was in another place, so it was a little new to me, I did not know how it was going to be all day, then I saw my chiro after the first hole on the second tee, then I saw it on the fourth tee and the pain stayed about the same. "
Brooks Koepka stays afloat
Brooks Koepka entered Friday with a share of the advance. Friday, he left the National with a share of the advance.
Koepka managed to pull himself out of the depression as he seemed to be heading towards after doubling the bogey at hole # 2 and the bogey-bogey at # 4 and # 6.
From there, Koepka caught a birdie at No. 8 and played tied with No. 15 and 18 where a pair of birds gave him one under the day.
Koepka's day, according to him, was just beginning.
"Yesterday, everything seemed to rattle, and today, when I was hot, I was hot, when the wind is as hard as it is today, it does not blow very hard, so you have bursts that occur in the wind and suddenly, they are in the wind, two seconds later.This makes things very difficult, "said Koepka. "But I mean, I really could have shot in the 60s very easily if I had only done 4 feet."
Tiger Woods, all of you
This is not a major golf tournament – the Masters, in particular – if we did not talk about Tiger Woods. Fortunately, we have a reason to do it. He has a whim.
However, Tiger had some opportunities to tie in front or at least alone in the standings. He does not let that happen to him.
"Yes, I missed some putts but I'm not too disappointed because I hit them on my lines," Woods said. "So, I can live with that, I can live with days where I hit putts on my line and they do not come in, that's how it happens." I also made distance shots at 9, 14, 15, those were, they were nice to do and if I keep hitting the putts on my line, they will start to fall. "
Tiger simply hopes that the other players above him in the standings will also start to fall.
The Masters will continue Saturday morning with a start of 9 hours.