A busy Friday leaderboard turns into a weekend drama with Tiger at a surprising distance



Friday, April 12, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW / WAGT) – Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson were the men at the top of the Masters leaders board on Friday morning.

At the end of his rounds on Friday afternoon, only one man managed to stay afloat on top of an extremely busy board of leaders.

Oh, and Tiger Woods. He is one off the track after what many call a "ninth" second.

It's Augusta Nacional. It's drama It's the Masters that addresses what could be a very interesting weekend.

Let's start with someone who had a difficult day.

What happened to Bryson DeChambeau?

DeChambeau entered on the sixth day under 66 years. He seemed to be going through the first nine, but he was late for problems.

DeChambeau's day seemed to really unravel around the 9th hole and the 10th hole, where the leader was once bogey, double bogey. He went back to the bogey again at numbers 12 and 16.

What happened?

"Well, I have many ideas, I do not know if they are right," said DeChambeau. "I would say."

Finishing his day, DeChambeau reached 75, good by +3 on the day.

The loss of momentum in the day was, said DeChambeau, "amazing."

"And it's amazing for me and me, it's frustrating, but at the end of the day I still have the chance to win, obviously, what am I, four right now? It's not so bad to get into the weekend, right? If you had said you would be four behind, you have a chance, so no, it's not terrible, but I could surely have a 10-low right now, "said DeChambeau.

From the center to the top, Francesco Molinari shoots beyond his competition.

Francesco Molinari finished his Thursday with a respectable -2 – good to tie with Tiger Woods. In fact, Molinari went birdie or par on 17 of 18 holes on Thursday.

But on Friday, the Italian professional really took off, birdied on five holes and finished the day with 67 part of the lead with Jason Day and Brooks Koepka.

So far, it is a performance that does not surprise at least one journalist who asked Molinari if he felt ignored when addressing the Masters.

"No, I do not think so," Molinari said. "Obviously there are a lot of great players in golf right now, and you know, I think I'm getting the attention I deserve, and it's not something I look for or want desperately, so I'm happy to continue my business and continue playing good golf, that's what I'm trying to focus on. "

Jason Day almost retires due to late problems

Like Molinari, Jason Day entered the Friday round with two sub-lows and shot at 70. Like Molinari, Day took off and built a stable round.

But Day says that he, like many others, is taking advantage of par-5 holes.

"But you know, in the last two days, I played the par 5s very well," Day said. "I think I've played them 7-under, which is good, try to minimize the mistakes that are out there, and you know, that's the general objective, if you can get in position and get close to the green or the green, great. If not, you know, and you're out of position, put yourself back in position, cover it and, hopefully, bore the putt. "

But perhaps the biggest change for Day has been the fact that he considered retiring yesterday due to problems with his back. It is safe to say that you made the right decision today.

"I told my caddy, Luke, I said, 'If this is still the same pain as on the putting green, I'll probably end up retiring,' Day said." But I was in a different place, so it was something new to me. I did not know how I was going to spend the whole day. Then I saw my chiro after the first hole on the second tee, and then I saw him again on the fourth tee, and the pain actually stayed the same. "

Brooks Koepka stays afloat

Brooks Koepka came on Friday with a part of the lead. On Friday, he left the National with a part of the advantage again.

Koepka managed to get out of a depression he seemed to be heading after going to double bogey in hole n. ° 2 and bogey-bogey in n. ° 4 and n. 6

From there, Koepka took a bird in the n. ° 8 and played on par with the n. ° 15 and n. ° 18, where a couple of birds gave him a one below for the day.

Koepka's day, according to him, was only an impulse since yesterday.

"Yesterday everything seemed to fit in. And today, when it was hot, it was hot, when it is as windy as today, it does not blow very hard, so you get some gusts that are downwind and then everything is suddenly in the wind, two seconds Then that makes it quite difficult, "Koepka said. "But I mean, I really could have shot in the 60s very easily if I had made about 4 feet."

Tiger Woods, and & # 39; all

It is not an important golf tournament, especially the Masters, if we do not talk about Tiger Woods. Luckily, we have a reason to do it. It's a stroke away.

Even so, Tiger had some chances to be tied for the lead or at least only in the leaderboard. He is not allowing that to come to his head.

"Yeah, I missed some putts out there, but I'm not so upset about that because I hit them in my lines," Woods said. "So I can live with that, I can live with days when I hit putts on my line and they just do not come in, that's how it is, but I also made some putts away at 9, 14, 15, those were, they were nice to do and if I keep hitting the putts in my line, they will start to fall ".

Tiger will only expect that the others above him in the leaders table ranking will also begin to fall.

The Masters continues on Saturday morning with a tee of 9 a.m.


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