April 10, 2009
AUGUSTA---The big question at the Masters today is how different the golf course will be after Thursday's birdie bash. The first round saw a ton of low scores, but so far in the second round, things aren't looking as good. The conditions are getting a little tougher and the pin placements are a little harder as well.
Hometown hero Larry Mize impressed everyone yesterday with his 5 under par round of 67. Today, the going has been a bit tougher for the 1987 champion. He was on the back nine at midday, hoping to move up.
Also hoping to move up the leaderboard is Tiger Woods. Tiger shot a 2-under 70 yesterday. But don't count him out. Tiger has never had an opening round in the 60s, and he's still, of course, won this tournament four times.
Here's a look at the leaderboard:
C. Campbell -10 (9)
K. Perry -6 (5)
J. Furyk -6 (1:52pm)
S. Katayama -5 (12:57pm)
T. Woods -2 (4)
Yet to tee off at midday was Augusta State alum Oliver Wilson. He had a tough day yesterday, bogeying all of Amen Corner and finishing at one over par. And with the scoring so low yesterday and at the start of today, there's a lot of pressure on Wilson just to make the cut. That's why he feels he has to put up a good number today to stay alive.
"You just gotta go and hit the shots and that's what I started to do," Wilson said. "And that worked. But I think to get back in I definitely need something in my 60s."
Gary Player tees off today in what will be his final round playing in the Masters. He's played for 52 straight years, so expect some tears from the three-time champion, and a great reception from the patrons on the 18th green.