Masters 2018: McIlroy coping with Augusta's unique pressures

Patrick Reed is the halfway leader of the Masters

But this is my best start in a few years. "But it's incredible to have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course". If you start to chase it around here, that's when you start to make mistakes.

"I fought, " Ghim said. "Those three holes. Big for momentum".

Finau shot a 68 on Thursday and backed that up with a 74 on Friday and is at 2 under for the tournament.

"I feel relaxed. I feel good".

After dropping another shot at the 11th, when an ambitious flop shot for once failed the produce the intended result, he double bogeyed the short 12th after his tee shot rolled back down into Rae's Creek.

"What he did do was not let this tournament get completely away from him", said Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee.

"I asked him several times and he wasn't wincing or complaining", Langer said. "By the end of the week, this will be a pretty packed leaderboard the way the golf course is set up". He plays well around here.

The poor round left Woods, competing in his first major since 2015, just one shot above the cut-line but a distant 13 shots back of world number 24 Reed, who is hoping to pen a comeback of his own after missing the cut previous year. I felt like if anything, my attitude was really good these first two days. "Forget playing at the Tour level, I didn't know if I'd ever be playing again", Woods said. And I fought hard to get it back in there, and I'm back in this championship.

If he keeps playing this well, the patrons won't be so quiet as he winds through the back nine on Sunday. He happened to be in a threesome with Tiger Woods, whose comeback from spinal fusion surgery led to a huge buildup for this Masters.

Both McIlroy and Spieth have suffered notable Masters meltdowns with a green jacket seemingly in their grasp, Spieth in 2016 when leading by five shots with nine holes remaining only to endure an Amen Corner horror show and squander the title won by England's Danny Willett.

Somehow, Tony Finau finds himself high up on the leaderboard.

Three times Masters victor Mickelson captured his day off to a bothersome start using a triple bogey at the opening hole followed by means of a bogey at the moment to collapse 18 pictures supporting fellow American Reed.

"If I can drive like I did today, feeling wise, and hit those shots, give myself a chance, and if I clean up my iron play, I'm hitting so many lovely putts right around the hole", Woods said.

Now, it will be interesting to see how the ankle reacts after walking 18 holes in a round that took more than five hours to complete.

"I feel relaxed. I feel good".

He'll have more chances on the weekend, when Augusta National figures to play long in wet conditions.

McIlroy, who is in search of his first Masters victory, backed up his 69 on Thursday with a hard-earned 1 under 71 on Friday.

The second round saw higher scores than the first, with the average score on Friday almost a full shot higher than the first day's play (from 73.793 to 74.563). It added to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Leishman going into the weekend at Augusta National. "I feel like I tactically play this golf course very well". "Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it didn't want to".

Phil Mickelson knows his clock is ticking, and that's what makes these past two days at the Masters so disappointing to him.

5 birdies to the flip in 31 laid the foundations for the Ryder Cup star, however he needed to preserve his momentum to maintain an impressed Leishman, who carded a 67, at bay.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dustin Johnson (-3), Justin Thomas (-3), Rickie Fowler (-2), Bubba Watson (-2), Charley Hoffman (-2), Justin Rose (-2).

Related News:

  • Foreign Office accuses Russian Federation  of 'diversionary tactic' over Salisbury

    Foreign Office accuses Russian Federation of 'diversionary tactic' over Salisbury

    Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said Skripal, 66, was responding well to treatment. Petersburg, while the British Council had to shut down its operations in Russian Federation .
    Barcelona has doubts about Messi, Busquets against Roma

    Barcelona has doubts about Messi, Busquets against Roma

    We're in the Copa del Rey final, we're well placed in LaLiga and we'll have to see how we get on in the Champions League . Barcelona and Roma have played four games against each other in Champions Leauge history.
    Mass of the Lord's Supper with the washing of the feet

    Mass of the Lord's Supper with the washing of the feet

    This is because Jesus "commanded" the disciples to think of him when they broke bread and wine together after he was killed. Thousands of devotees will gather in the open-for-all procession which will begin from Padri-ki-haveli around 4pm.
  • Multiple injuries reported as Masters-bound bus crashes

    Multiple injuries reported as Masters-bound bus crashes

    Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder. Neither the GSP nor Gwinnett police have any previous DUIs on record for Hoppenbrouwer. "Major incident here.
    Actress Sri Reddy goes for half n**e and protests on road

    Actress Sri Reddy goes for half n**e and protests on road

    According to her statistic, about 90 percent of the women in the film industry would have faced the evils of casting couch. Sri Reddy's public tirade encouraged a few other new actresses, who too claimed to be the victims in the film industry.
    As Microsoft Corp (MSFT) Market Value Rose, Invesco LTD Upped Holding

    As Microsoft Corp (MSFT) Market Value Rose, Invesco LTD Upped Holding

    In terms of the number of bullish analysts that have the stock rated a Buy or Strong Buy , we can see that the number is now 1. JLB & Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Microsoft during the second quarter worth approximately $10,873,000.
  • 'Violent scourge' on London streets as murder figures overtake NY

    'Violent scourge' on London streets as murder figures overtake NY

    Police officers were called to Markhouse Road in Walthamstow on Monday at approximately 10pm after reports of gunshots. A Downing Street spokesman said: "These are all tragic cases and our thoughts are with the families of the victims".
    SpaceX's recycled rocket and spaceship deliver cargo to ISS

    SpaceX's recycled rocket and spaceship deliver cargo to ISS

    Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. These greens will be harvested and eaten by the crew, with samples also being returned to Earth for analysis, NASA said.
    IOC chief says Kim committed to Olympics in Tokyo, Beijing

    IOC chief says Kim committed to Olympics in Tokyo, Beijing

    A North Korean team has participated at every addition of the Summer Olympics since they boycotted Seoul 1988. International Olympic Committee delegation's visit to Pyongyang began on Thursday and finished on Saturday.
  • StormTracker 13 Sunday morning forecast

    StormTracker 13 Sunday morning forecast

    A few light showers are possible today as well, however, precipitation chances have been steadily decreasing throughout the week. Morning clouds will give way to drier and cooler weather for Friday Afternoon, with highs closer to 60.
    Jackson and Olding remain suspended pending review

    Jackson and Olding remain suspended pending review

    I don't agree with her perception of events and I maintain that everything that happened on that evening was consensual. On Wednesday, the pair were found not guilty after the jury deliberated for almost four hours.
    Warriors consultant Steve Nash will be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Warriors consultant Steve Nash will be inducted into Hall of Fame

    He also was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1994 during his two seasons at California. Kidd posted 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, and 6.3 rebounds throughout his 19-year National Basketball Association career .


Most liked

Watch Tim Tebow homer on first pitch in Double-A
You've got to stay focused. "But from the first time I saw him to this spring he's made some nice improvements. I've got to get back in the cage and work ... on all the things that I've been working on to try to improve".

Trump praises EPA head, is looking into reports
EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told ABC News the agency "will respond to Congresswoman McCollum through the proper channel". But he defended his employees, saying with a touch of hubris that they 'serve a very important person'.

Saban says "Shop Talk" will continue despite LeBron James complaint
Let's see how this one plays out, but I'm wondering if the makers of Coming to America are thinking about suing LeBron now... Alabama created a series called " Shop Talk ", with the first episode being released last week.

Robert Downey Jr., "Avengers" directors beg fans not to spoil the film
Hot Toys has now revealed an awesome new action figure of Thanos based on his appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.

Masters is our Super Bowl - Spieth
His quest to better Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles stalled after he grabbed number 14 at the 2008 U.S. But lately, things are on the upswing for the legendary golfer. "But for some reason, I don't have any pain.

How Patriots' acquisition of a another first-round pick could impact Bills
With Julian Edelman sidelined for the season, Cooks put up 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. On Tuesday night, the National Football League rumors heated up with reports of a New England Patriots trade.

CMA publishes latest Fox remedies for Sky bid
As an alternative to the Disney sale, Fox proposed additional measures to preserve the news channel's independence. Fox had previously proposed giving Sky News its own editorial board and a 10-year funding guarantee.

Data from SUV shows plunge off cliff may have been intentional
The child had told an elementary school teacher of pain in her stomach and back, which was discovered to be caused by bruises. A search warrant was conducted at the family's home in Woodland, Wash., on Thursday, March 29.

Trump threatens to send military forces to guard US-Mexico border
Trump's claim about being the first to implement such a decision and place troops at the southern border is inherently false. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. -Mexico border will be guarded with American troops.

Trump Lobs Another Threat at Amazon, Driving Down Ecommerce Giant's Stock Again
Trump's tweets could "keep a lid on the stock short term, but long term there's no real change to our positive thesis", he said . The president's tweet also assumes that Amazon would be forced to pay if the Postal Service increased its rates for packages.

Skripal poisoning was in UK's interests: Lavrov
The experts are speaking about them. "There could be a whole number of reasons and none of them can be ruled out", Lavrov said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the poisoning of Sergei Skripal could have been in Britain's interests.

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad sign Alex Hales as replacement for David Warner
Hales has been in poor for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League recently where he could only manage a top score of 46. The 31-year-old Warner was the leading run-getter for SRH in the 2017 IPL as he guided them to the title in 2016.

Stephon Clark's Independent Autopsy Report Reveals Multiple Gunshots to the Back
Clark lived for three to 10 minutes after the shooting, adding to questions about the amount of time it took to get him treatment. Police said the officers feared he had a gun, but that he was later found to have been holding a cellphone.

Tesla issues recall for 123000 Model S vehicles due to rusty bolts
Nomura reiterated their buy rating on shares of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) in a research report report published on Thursday morning. According to a Tesla blog post about the accident, "We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash".

NY 2018: Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pick-up Concept Unveiled
The pickup concept bears a noticeable resemblance to its three-row Atlas sibling and boasts the model's logo on its rear tailgate. The rear doors are very, very short, and barely noticeable as doors at a glance, with their handles buried within the C-pillar.