Day leads 2013 US Masters after rousing second round

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JASON DAY snatched the lead after the second round of the 2013 US Masters in a rousing day for Australian golf at Augusta National.

Day shot a round of the day 4-under 68 to lead first round joint leader Marc Leishman (73) and 53 year old Fred Couples (71) by a stroke.

Adam Scott shot even par to be tied for seventh on 3-under while John Senden went 2-under to be tied 14th.

For most of an inspiring second day all four Aussie entrants were in the top 10 before Senden bogied 16 and 17.

The Aussies all remain in contention of breaking one of the nation’s biggest sporting hoodoos.

“Obviously there’s a lot of pressure on my shoulders, being from Australia and no Australian has ever won the event,” said 25 year old  Day, who tied for second in his first Masters in 2011 but limped off after eight holes of the second round with an ankle injury last year.

“They have been very, very close, but I’ve just got to try to get that out of my mind and just plug away.”

Leishman, making his first cut at his second attempt, had a simple answer when asked why he kept glancing at the leaderboard during his round.

“It is pretty cool to see your name up top of the Masters leaderboard,” the big Victorian said.

Scott was satisfied being just three back and well in contention . He carded three bogeys in his opening five holes before climbing back with birdies at seven, 14 and 18.

61 golfer make cut including 14 year old penalised for slow play

Sixty one golfers made the weekend cut with many hoping on the last hole Day would not make the birdie that would bundle out many including defending champion Bubba Watson and 14 year old Chinese schoolboy Guan Tianlang, who was controversially given a one stroke slow play penalty on the 17th hole.

Guan, already the youngest golfer ever to play the event,  made a 75 with the penalty and had to wait till Day finished to know if he would also make history by making the cut.

Many wondered why organisers would suddenly decide to make an example of a 14 year player when many Tour regulars often are in breach of slow play rules.

“I respect the decision they make,” Guan said. “This still is a wonderful experience for me. I have enjoyed playing in the Masters and I think I did a pretty good job.”

Those not making the cut include recent Major winners Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Padraig Harrington.

Around for the weekend are favourites Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Woods looked ominous before hideous luck on the 15th when a short pitch shot hit the flag and rebounded into a water hazard. He added another bogey with a uncharacteristic three putt on the 18th to finish with a 71 tied with Scott and others on 3-under.

“I thought I played really well, a round that should have been in the 60s,” Woods said. “I played really well.”

McIlroy’s battling round of 70 inlcuded an eagle on the 8th.

“Digging in and grinding it out was pleasing for me,” McIlroy said. “The eagle on the eighth really got me going. A 70 was a good score today. You had to be really disciplined.”

Second placed Couples, who will partner Day in the final group in the third round, is hoping to be the oldest ever Major winner. He made the best of conditions universally agreed as much tougher than the first round.

“It’s a hard course out there,” the 1992 champion said. “They put most of the pins in, I thought, really hard spots.”

Fellow Champions Tour regular Bernhard Langer (71) is also still in contention, if unlikely, at 2-under.


2013 US Masters Leaderboard

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