Masters Friday: Are we looking at a second day of a second nine surge?

Brooks Koepka hits his tee stroke on No. 18 during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Source: Augusta National Golf Club)
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Friday, April 12, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- We already made our “hello, friends” reference on Thursday, so we’re going straight forward into what to expect off and on the course this morning.

First off, let’s talk about the weather.

Rain chances are expected to increase again by Friday and Saturday. As a frontal boundary approaches the region on Friday, isolated showers and afternoon thunderstorms will be possible through the day. That front may stall across the CSRA into the weekend, providing continued shower and even t-storm chances all day Saturday.

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It’s day two of the Masters Tournament, and a few story lines are already beginning coalesce at Augusta National Golf Club.

The two leaders -- and a third lurking close behind

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka seemed to be having a quiet start to their late rounds at the Masters. Then the second nine kicked in and these two started playing lights out.

DeChambeau in particular found himself particularly dialed in at Hole No. 16.

What a beaut. Shame it didn’t go in.

Same thing happened just a bit later for Phil Mickelson, who finds himself one stroke behind DeChambeau and Koepka.

There’s something about Hole No. 16 this year, apparently.

Regardless, DeChambeau, Koepka, and Mickelson are your top three heading into this morning.

Tiger Woods and the magic number 70

Golfers are a superstitious bunch. Especially Tiger Woods -- who famously ate every day at an Arby’s in Augusta in 1997 because he was playing so well. He won a green jacket that year.

But there’s an important number from 1997 -- and 2001 and 2002 -- that Tiger is noticing. That number is 70. The magic number 70 is his first round total from each of the years -- except 2005 -- Tiger won the green jacket.

On Thursday, Tiger went out to the National and hit 70 before finishing his day two under in a tie for 11th place.

Can he recapture the magic of the previous years he shot 70?

Tune in today, friends, as round two of the Masters begins.