Woods, Day impress on day two of Masters

At the end of day two, it is Rory McIlroy who sits atop the leaderboard for the second straight day. The world number nine fired a steady 3-under 69 to claim a two stroke lead but the real second round stories came from Jason Day and Tiger Woods.

The record round of the day came from Jason Day. The Queenslander reeled off an impressive bogey-free 8-under 64 to move up twenty-nine places to outright second place. It was the lowest Masters round ever by a rookie and the equal lowest second round in Masters history.

Jason Day Rookie Jason Day fired a record 8-under 64

“It was a lot of fun. I said to the boys this morning, Rory and Rickie when we were walking up the first hole, I said, you know what, I’m going to have to start paying people to yell my name out because everyone is yelling their name out.”

“It got a bit better on the back nine which was nice. The atmosphere was great and all three of us played wonderful.”

“Obviously I had a great round today. I got a little bit of a slow start yesterday, but I came home strong today and I’m just looking forward to the next two days obviously.”

Tiger Woods, the man who Day famously trash-talked after debuting on the US Tour, proved that he still has what it takes to win at the highest level.

Woods’ inspired 6-under 66 moved the former world one into prime position at T3 alongside Korea’s K.J. Choi and just three shots behind McIlroy. With so much to prove here this week – today’s result is surely an ominous sign for the rest of the field.

“I was just staying patient, that’s all it was. I made a mistake at 7 by three-putting 7, and all I was trying to do was make sure I was at even par for the day and under par for the tournament at the turn, and as I said, just put 2-under par at the back nine and I would have been right there in the ballgame, and I got hot.”

“I’m three back. So I played myself back in the championship. We have still got 36 more holes. We have a long way to go.”

Jason Day was not the only Masters rookie to impress today. Rickie Fowler maintained his cool on day two – a round of 69 leaving him just five strokes from the top of the leaderboard.

Geoff Ogilvy kept his and all of Australia’s Masters hopes alive with back to back 69’s leaving him four strokes behind McIlroy and very much in the tournament. The Victorian’s best Masters finish came in 2009 with a T15.

Adam Scott posted a 2-under 70 and moved in to a tie for 20th while Aaron Baddeley, whose recent form had promised so much this week, just slipped above the cut line to make sure he was around for the weekend at +1.

Defending champion, Phil Mickelson, failed to ignite the field and fell six places to T20 after a lack lustre even par round of 72. The three-time champion will need some help from those above him to have any chance of claiming his fourth green jacket this week.

A heart-breaking 18th hole blunder from Robert Allenby extinguished all hopes of reversing what has been an ordinary record at Augusta National.

Heading to the 18th tee, Allenby needed a par or better to ensure he was around for the weekend but an over-cooked second shot left him over the back of the 18th green and he walked off with a bogey five to join Stuart Appleby below the cut line.

While it is far too early to call, Woods has certainly moved himself in to a position to break his major drought this week. Or with Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Day inside the top 5 could we break “that” Masters hoodoo?

Equally exciting, however, is the promise of the next wave of golfers such as Fowler, Day and McIlroy, making their mark and perhaps even doing the unthinkable and donning the green jacket come Masters Sunday.

Either way it’s going to be exciting 36 holes of golf.