Masters Day 2: Rory McIlroy’s Difficult Fight Lies Ahead

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After England’s Paul Casey set an ambitious clubhouse target at Augusta National on day two of the Masters, Rory McIlroy faced a tough task with Casey shooting an eagle and five birdies in a flawless 65 to lead by two shots from Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele, while defending champion Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood were part of a five-man party at four under.

A weather delay of nearly three hours meant that most of the later-starting players did not finish their first rounds on time. After 10 holes, Justin Thomas was at five below par when play was stopped due to fading light. McIlroy had covered the front nine at even par and suffered a bunker shot on the 10th when play resumed. Tweet of the day “Oh my God! Mud ball!” The second shot of Jason Kokrak flew over the 15th green, hitting a slope before Westwood narrowly missed as he raced from the 16th tee into the water! Catch Sky Sports #TheMasters live only or follow it here: https://t.co/Mi4IOcka10 pic.twitter.com/3at6pWANBd- Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) November 12, 2020 On November 12, 2020, Jason Kokrak was unfortunate to find the water, but at least Lee Westwood showed him where the ball had gone. “I have rubber things in here that keep the shirt from coming out, and when I wear suspenders, the shirt doesn’t come out, so that’s it. I don’t use it for a fashion parade”I have rubber stuff here that prevents the shirt from coming out, and the shirt doesn’t come out when I wear suspenders, so that’s it. I don’t use it for a fashion parade #themasters pic.twitter.com/lFTZ1eSe9H- The Masters (@TheMasters) November 12, 2020 After an errant drive on the ninth, former champion Patrick Reed looked like he was in trouble, but he magically made birdie. Round of the DayA strong start @Paul Casey #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/gzep8yPIys- European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 12, 2020 Paul Casey improved by 16 strokes with a perfect 65.Stat of the DaySauber nineteen months after an opening round of 81. Career-best opening Masters round. At the Masters’ first bogey-free opening round. In his last 106, TigerWoods has found his form pic.twitter.com/hUWaKjHRa9- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 12, 2020 It’s difficult for Tiger Woods to break new ground at this point of his career, but with a bogey-free 68, the 44-year-old did it. Easiest hole With an average of 4,500, with 36 players making birdie and clubhouse leader Paul Casey one of four players to make an eagle, the par-five second hole was played. The 10th hole, his opening hole, was also birdied by Most Difficult HoleCasey, but it was the most difficult hole overall, with 23 bogeys and two double bogeys leading to a 4,265 average. After the 43-year-old carded a superb round of 65, a 16-stroke improvement on his opening round last year, Paul Casey’s hopes of winning his first major title after the 43-year-old carded a superb round of 65. On the downside, after a front nine of 36, Rory McIlroy’s chances of winning the victory needed to complete the career Grand Slam left him with plenty of work to do.

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