Packed Leaderboard at The Masters

by Jeff Skinner

This is what we want in our majors.  This is what we dream of for The Masters.  A leaderboard so stacked, so jammed, and so packed with great players that tomorrow can’t come soon enough. (Click here for the full leaderboard.)

On a windblown day at Augusta National that saw plenty of bogeys, doubles and worse when all was said and done the leaderboard was indeed worthy of this prized major championship.

Last night the leaders went to bed with scores of six under par and thanks to a finicky Augusta National they’ll do the same tonight.  Only it’s Jason Day who now has the lead as he vies for his first major championship not Sergio Garcia or Mark Leishman.

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On a day where only 25 players could break par there is a smorgasbord of talent and stories that populate The Masters old school leaderboard.

Looking for young studs, there’s Day in the lead, Brandt Snedeker two back, Jason Dufner three back and Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas five back.

Ready for a big name to finally get the monkey off their back and snatch their first major, Adam Scott’s two off the lead as is Lee Westwood and Justin Rose.  Even a whining Sergio is still only four off the lead.

Rather have a major winner add to their Hall of Fame credentials; The ageless Freddy Couples cards a one under 71 to slide in the clubhouse early only one off the lead.  Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk sit two behind Day.  Tiger Woods stumbled in with two bogeys in the last four holes after sharing the lead for much of the day but he is only three off the pace and he’ll be very motivated come the first tee tomorrow.

Want a dark horse, out of the blue to root for?  Take your pick there’s a bunch.  Australian Mark Leishman is one off the lead, Englishman David Lynn is three back, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is four off the lead and perennial major contender K.J. Choi is tied with Woods at -3.

And there’s a host of former Masters Champions that would love to break out their green jackets, Bernhard Langer, Charl Schwartzel and Trevor Immelman are a good round away from the top.

And let’s not forget that young Northern Irishman that would love to add his third leg of the career grand slam.  Rory McIlroy found his game during his second round 70.  He was four under par over his last eleven holes and is ready to make his charge.

There’s plenty of great stories here from Freddy to Tiger to Rory to Jason and everyone in between.  This is what we want our majors to be.  It’s going to be an amazing Masters weekend.


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