World number one Dustin Johnson and third-ranked Masters 2020 shared the second-round clubhouse lead Friday at the Masters with two unexpected contenders, Australian Cameron Smith and Mexico's Abraham Ancer. Both Rahm and Matsuyama are eight-under par through 12 and 15 holes respectively. An expected 1-under cut line would be the lowest in Masters history.
The 15-time major victor had the tough task of beginning the restart with a shot from the rough at one of the most hard holes, the 505-yard, par-4 11th. And when he walked off the course at the end of the second round, he had a 9-under 135 on his card that gave him a share of the incomplete 36-hole lead.
Francesco Molinari - Was in control of the Masters past year until double-bogeys on 12 and 15 sent him down to a T5 finish, two behind Tiger Woods.
Thomas has watched shots do unexpected things this week, a mix of rain-softened conditions and autumn weather requiring some adaptation from lessons learned over time at Augusta National.
"It's definitely not as low as I feel like I could or should be, but we're in good position going into the weekend", he said.
"The only reason why I didnt putt it was darkness", Rahm said. He played the first dozen at 3 over, leaving him a whopping 10 strokes behind Ancer and three others at the top of the leaderboard.
At one over on the week, world number six DeChambeau has work to do to finish inside the projected even-par cut line.
It would, however, lead to a triple-bogey seven and drop the American well out of contention. "I know the subtle nuances". About four dozen players couldn't complete 36 holes and were back on the course Saturday morning.
But he got up and down for a par from the left of the 18th green to stay within four of the leaders.
Bernhard Langer, 63, a two-time Masters champion, shot 68 in the morning on a soft but long course and then added 73 in the second to become the oldest player to make the cut at the Augusta National.
"Due to illness, Vijay Singh has officially withdrawn from Masters Tournament competition after completion of 10 holes in his second round", organizers said in a statement on Twitter.
Fifty-year-old Mickelson is just one of the game's greats in contention heading to the weekend, having shot 69-70 to head into the third round at five-under par.
The 2016 U.S. Open champion began his round on the back nine and quickly pulled away with three consecutive birdies through Amen Corner for a three-shot cushion but then made his first bogeys of the week on the next two holes.
After struggling just to make the cut at the Masters, Bryson DeChambeau said he's not feeling well and even got tested for COVID-19 again to ensure it wasn't anything serious.