Jason Day’s dream of profitable the Masters is in bother after he let a golden likelihood slip with a brutal four-shot collapse on the finish of his second spherical.
After opening with a 5-under first spherical, the Australian shot an excellent par second spherical to be seven photographs behind Brooks Koepka, the clubhouse chief in a tie for sixth.
Nevertheless it might have been so significantly better for Day.
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The 35-year-old was on fireplace early with birdies on the second, third and ninth holes earlier than he chipped in for birdie on the eleventh.
After a birdie on the thirteenth, Day was 9-under for the match and inside hanging distance of Koepka.
However sadly, all of it went south as he suffered a crushing late-round collapse.
Day fluffed a chip on the fifteenth into the water wanting the inexperienced, leaving him with a double bogey.
He then bogeyed the sixteenth and 18th to slide again to 5-under general and undo all his good work.
Day misplaced 4 photographs in 4 holes in a reminder golf generally is a merciless sport.
As Sport Illustrated’s Farrell Evans wrote: “On Friday, Day was nearly nice.”
Play was suspended after heavy wind uprooted huge timber and wild climate is predicted to show the ultimate two rounds right into a gritty marathon that might take a number of days.
There’s nonetheless time for Day to catch Koepka however he conceded there was a way he missed a chance to place himself in critical rivalry for the inexperienced jacket.
“I’m truly very upset with how I completed,” Day mentioned.
“Being decently near the place Brooks was going into the weekend, you by no means know the way it goes, and clearly going from 9 to five (underneath par) was a little bit of a kick within the intestine.”
“However there’s nonetheless 36 holes to go. I’m simply going to not even concentrate on that, simply obtained to concentrate on simply hitting one of the best shot I can on the time after which add them up after the following few days.
“I’ve simply obtained off the golf course and I’m completely irritated with myself, and I’m sitting right here answering questions, and that may be troublesome as a result of it’s within the warmth of the second, and I’m attempting to come up with myself.
“Shoot, seven photographs is a great distance. Who is aware of what occurs over the following few days.
“Clearly I do know the place Brooks is, however you by no means know the way the climate pans out after which you could possibly discover one thing over the following couple days.”
Regardless of his collapse, Day (-5) remains to be Australia’s greatest likelihood hope of victory.
Adam Scott, who received at Augusta in 2013, shot an excellent par spherical to remain within the combine at -4.
Cameron Smith has struggled by his requirements however obtained himself going with a spectacular fairway bunker shot on the eighth gap that rolled completely onto the inexperienced.
Smith drained the putt for an eagle to maneuver to -2 with half of his second spherical nonetheless to play.
Aussie children Harrison Crowe (+5) and Min Woo Lee (+6) are set to overlook the reduce.
Brooks Koepka -12
Jon Rahm -9
Sam Bennett -8
Viktor Hovland -6
Collin Morikawa -6
Cameron Younger -5
Sam Burns -5
Jordan Spieth -5
Jason Day -5
Adam Scott -4
Cam Smith -2
Harrison Crowe +5
Min Woo Lee +6