Justin Rose also takes charge after the second round of the Masters, but the English golfer saw his generous four-stroke lead from the opening round evaporate. Many of the top players have not made a discount to the prestigious tournament.
After a round of 72 hits at the Augusta National Golf Club in the US, Rose had just one stroke less than the first to pursue him. They’re Americans: Will Zalatores and Brian Harman.
Rose was not as fluent as Thursday, when he scored seven birds in his last ten holes. On his second tour of the Eighteen Holes, he scored four ghosts, but recovered with three birds in the last five holes. His 72 lap was exactly the average job.
“I haven’t played any tournaments for a month because of back pain, so I knew there would come times when I would struggle. Not too confident, but at the end of the tour I got the right thing,” said 40-year-old Rose, who would be able to defend his Olympic title of the year 2016 in Rio, Tokyo, this summer.
Defense champ Johnson has already been eliminated
Today’s surprise was the elimination of defending champion Dustin Johnson and first place in the global rankings. The American did not cut 75 kicks and was no longer part of the field in the third round.
He is in good company, because the world’s top players such as Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, American Brooks Quebecca and Spaniard Sergio Garcia missed the cut.
Johnson was severely disappointed after his second round of 75 hits, 3 above average, and scored twice too much to continue the tournament. Three ghosts in the last four holes killed him.
“I messed it up in play mode,” said Johnson, now wearing a green jacket. “It’s that simple. Of course I’m tired, because I like this job and I can play well here, but I wasn’t doing well.” On Sunday the trophy for the winner, he must attract another.
Lone American 21-year-old Matthew Wolff is disqualified. He messed with the score card, in which he hit very few hits on track 17.
No Dutch are participating in the Masters in Augusta this year. Joost Luiten was last in this year’s debut major in 2015.