Agastya, Ga. – Temperatures and humidity finally fell at the Augusta National Golf Club on Friday morning, along with scores in the disrupted opening round of the first Masters played in November.
A day after England’s Paul Casey shot 7-under 65, Dustin Johnson and South Africa’s Dylan Fritelli resumed play on Friday.
Johnson, the world’s No.1 ranked player, stood at 3 after 10 holes while playing due to darkness on Thursday. He birdied 12 and 3 of the last four holes to bring it down to 7.
“It’s good. I think I’m on a good roll here,” Johnson said. “I’m feeling good with the golf swing. Continue playing.” [into the second round] There is definitely a good benefit. Obviously, we know how the golf course is playing. We’ve already played nine holes in the morning, and to just turn around and go right out I think is an advantage, and we’re going to finish our round today. Yes, I definitely think this is an advantage. “
Fritelli, the number 100 player in the official world golf rankings, had scored six birdies and an eagle that was hampered by darkness.
Fritelli scored at 5 after 10 holes when the play resumed and immediately birded no. 2. He added another birdie on par-3 sixth.
Both Fritelli and Johnson were scheduled to begin their second round on Friday at 10:25 am.
Justin Thomas and Sungje Im were one shot below 6. Four players, including Webb Simpson, Justin Rose and Xander Schaffel, were 5-under for 5 shots.
Defending champion Tiger Woods was three shots behind the under 4 leaders.
Earlier this week, Augusta National announced that the top 50 scores and ties would cut the 36-hole. The cut line stood under 1 after the first 18 holes. This gives figures to be even lower, given more than normal conditions.
Big names sitting outside the cut line after 18 holes: Tommy Fleetwood (even), Gary Woodland (even), Zach Johnson (1 over), Bubba Watson (2 over), Jordan Spieth ( 2 overs) and Rory McElroy (3) up).
Thursday’s inclement weather, which reduced rain by two inches on the course during a three-hour delay, helped produce the lowest cumulative scoring round in Masters history. The 60s equaled 53 players, including 24, which are both records for any round at Augusta National. In addition, a 71.41 scoring average over the first 18 holes was the lowest for any first round in the Masters.