After enduring a round of five-plus hours Thursday, William McGirt and Rod Pampling took advantage of not only being the first group off in Friday’s second round, but also a twosome.
With nothing hindering them but the wind, the duo worked their way around Augusta National in 4 hours, 15 minutes.
“That’s still bad in my opinion,” McGirt said. “It should be more like 3:15. But a lot of that depends on conditions, and they don’t warrant that right now.
“Honestly, if the wind wasn’t blowing like it was, we could have played in 3½ hours. You’ve got to take some extra time because you can’t take any shot for granted out here. You’ve got to do what you have to do. The good news is, we didn’t have to worry about being on the clock.”
The quick pace certainly didn’t hamper McGirt’s score. After shooting 3-under 69 in the opening round, McGirt posted 1-over 73 on Friday to remain in contention in his Masters Tournament debut.
Rough Finish: Jason Day was 1-under-par through the front nine Friday, but his round took a turn for the worse on the second nine with 41. The 29-year-old Australian was able to make the cut on the number at 6-over.
Day started with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3, where he dialed in a wedge to two feet. But he bogeyed No. 10 and took a double at No. 11. He rallied with a birdie at No. 13, but followed with bogeys on his next two holes.
Day is fourth in driving distance this week at 288 yards, but his ball striking has been off as he ranks 60th in greens in regulation at 52.78 percent.
Day said the weather would be perfect for going low on the weekend, which he is going to have to do to climb back into contention.
Confusion: Two-time Masters Tournament runner-up Lee Westwood closed with four bogeys over his final five holes, shooting 5-over 77 and standing at 3-over after two rounds.
Westwood was in the grouping with Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry. The three were part of confusion on No. 10 when Garcia’s score was incorrectly posted on the leaderboards.
Garcia and Lowry each hits balls in the woods on No. 10. Garcia found his ball, but Lowry did not. Garcia had hit a provisional shot,obviously confusing the officials on the hole, leading to the wrong score being posted on the scoreboard.
Not everybody was confused.
Westwood’s eyebrows perked up when he explained how Garcia and Lowry – owners of quite different body shapes – could possibly beconfused.
“We are all dressed in the same colors,” Westwood said about the blue shirts and white pants attire. “Shane hit a ball left and so didSergio. They got Sergio and Shane confused. There was no point where we were confused.”
Garcia said after his impressive 3-under round that there was no confusion in the group, and all three golfers knew what the correctscores should be despite what the scoreboards said.
The error was corrected on the scoreboards by the time the trio reach the 14th hole.