It is ‘moving day’ at The Masters on Saturday as the big names will look to position themselves towards the top of the leaderboard ready for a Sunday charge at Augusta National as the first major of the year heads towards a close.
There are a number of star attractions going along nicely and they will all be looking to enhance their position on Saturday while those who only just made it through to the weekend have the chance to get back into contention if the forecast is correct.
Round 2 Recap
Justin Rose started the day on top of the pile on Friday and he finished it there as well but his level par 72 saw his four shot lead whittled down to just one. Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman are now his closest pursuers on six under par but the groups in behind are full of quality. Those on five under include our pre-tournament pick Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman while Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Hideki Matsuyama are among those who are three behind on four under. Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith and Collin Morikawa are all within five of the lead.
Friday was another write off day for us from a betting point of view, not really helped by the course being a lot softer than it was on Thursday and certainly much more receptive than was expected. That meant that Bryson DeChambeau was able to go flag hunting and see off Adam Scott while yet another mess made of the penultimate hole by Sebastian Munoz meant that for the second day running he lost to Henrik Stenson. We’ve definitely got work to do over the last two rounds from a match betting point of view.
As ever with a major championship we have a third round leader market which is tempting to get involved in because I think Rose looks vulnerable up front, but in reality we are probably looking at Spieth and Leishman, two back to begin with, to be the ones most likely to get in front of him and I’m already on one of them outright so I hope Spieth goes well. The other reason why I’m going to resist temptation with this market is because there conflicting weather reports regarding the wind and the rain so I am happy enough not to get involved here.
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Saturday 2 Balls
The remaining players left in the tournament will go out in two balls on Saturday with the final pair of Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris teeing off at 19.20 BST and the penultimate group of Brian Harman and Marc Leishman out 10 minutes prior to that. Those who are on site or have all the streaming facilities of the big holes and featured groups will be interested in the 15.00 BST pairing of Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel as well as the Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood pairing which tees off at 17.20 BST. I like one other group for a bet though.
Cameron Champ vs Si-Woo Kim
Match tees off at 18.40 BST
The fifth to last group out onto the golf course sees two men who are very much in contention just three shots back from the lead of Rose in the form of Cameron Champ and Si Woo Kim, both of whom will be looking to make a charge over these 18 holes.
We saw Kim show his frustrations on Friday when he clumsily broke his putter and while he’ll have a new one in the bag with him here, he might need a few holes to break it in so to speak and that could be significant. The other thing that could be significant, especially if there is a bit of rain to soften the course up, is that Champ has a serious length advantage over his Korean rival without having to pound the life out of his body. When you add on top that Champ has putted much the better of the two this week as well, the American looks a good bet on a day where length might become the advantage it was previously here.
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