Golf, Augusta Masters: Molinari remains in the running, Rose resists in the lead

In difficulty at hole 5, then the recovery in the final: Francesco overcomes the cut, he is 10 shots from the British who leads with 137. Out of the reigning champion Johnson. Only twenty played the first two laps below par

Francesco Molinari is there. On the edge of the cut that fell three shots above par, the Turin pro will play over the weekend and in Augusta those are days not to be missed. It happens a lot, everything happens and he knows something about it. The second round in his words: “I played quite well, better than yesterday, many good chances and putts just missed, I paid a few tee shots too far out of line. There is a lack of finishing touches for a better score “.

The day

In his yesterday’s recoveries and lost strokes, even three all together at hole 5; then the difference was made by the last holes, with a great desire to be there. If Thursday was a difficult day, Friday the super hard and fast pitch conceded something and the cut went down by a blow. But Augusta National presented the bill without half measures to many champions. First of all the defender of the records Dustin Johnson, who goes home after delivering a 75, a great effort between ups and downs, too many mistakes in all departments and above all many wrong putts up close. Even the fittest of the season packed their bags, see Matt Kuchar, Max Homa, Lee Westwood, Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im; Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Danny Willett have never been in the game.

Rose in front

Still in command, Justin Rose, who went to recover the -7 of the first round after a complicated start and another masterpiece in the return holes. “It was the classic day in Augusta when you are not perfectly fine. Work hard, fight. The turning point came at nine after two good putts, so I faced the latter trying to build something new and I started playing pretty well ”. Preparing for tomorrow? “Staying focused and doing what I need to be on point in the morning, like drinking lots of tea or taking a cold bath, I have a specific protocol. Then a chat with my wife in front of the fire ”. But watch out for the rookie, because Will Zalatoris is one who wastes no time and blows his neck in a single blow. 24-year-old Texan, first season on the major tour, first Masters, but already in the top 50 in the world. For now Rose is sleeping peacefully considering that only once in 84 years (apart from the first two editions) has she won a rookie, Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. At one stroke there is also Brian Harman, who was born 34 years ago in Georgia: a grand finale with two birdies allowed the left-handed player to climb.

I big

Jordan Spieth, 27, advances seven Masters, one of which he won in 2015, always in command. Another major in his pocket the same year (the US Open) and the third (the Open Championship) in 2017. Then a dark period, but good sensations in the hands found at the beginning of this season that saw him return to win just last week in the Valero Texas Open. In Augusta everything over the years: a tournament record with 64 and a memorable collapse in 2016 after three laps and nine holes in the lead, with four shots lost at short hole 12. Yesterday he left another one right here, but the only one of a score with five birdies. For him 68 of the day and fourth position in the company of Marc Leishman. Eight Masters played and fourth place in 2013 prompted the 37-year-old Australian to start attacking with three birdies in a row: he finished the lap in 67 strokes. Only twenty played the first two laps below par. In the second best of all they did Bernd Wiesberger (Austrian) and Toni Finau (American) with 66, one shot from the field record. With 67 Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau made up for it. Only the first fifty and a dead heat remain in the race for the third day, with a few thunderstorms and another great day of golf in sight.

T2 (138) Zalatoris 70-68 Harman 69-69

T4 (139) Leishman 72-67 Spieth 71-68

T6 (140) Wiesberger 74-66 Finau 74-66 Thomas 73-67 Kim 71-69 Champ 72-68 Matsuyama 69 12 (141) Shauffele 72-69

T13 (142) Palmer 74-68 Smith 74-68 Morikawa 73-79 Conners 73-79

T17 (143) DeChambeau 76-67 Jones 74-69 Cink 74-69 Hovland 73-70

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Golf, Augusta Masters: Molinari remains in the running, Rose resists in the lead