Masters Day Two: Revenge of the Links
It was no surprise that day two of the Masters, played in far drier and more challenging conditions, really took a beating on some players - though a few managed to still look impressive.
Ian Poulter shot his second consecutive 68 of the tournament, tying him for low round of the day. Poulter has made a habit of not getting terribly emotional either way, not trying to get too aggressive, and so far it seems to be paying off as he sits tied for first at eight under par.
Chad Campbell, after a first round that saw him post a 41 on the back nine, shot the other 68 of the day, which was just good enough to make the cut at three over par. But that was nothing compared to poor Sandy Lyle.
Lyle, who pulled of a 20th place finish in last years Masters, finished with a flourish yesterday by posting birdies on three of the last four holes to finish the day with a three-under 69. Then the second morning happened.
Lyle double-bogeyed the first hole and by the time he made the turn to the back nine, he had gone from -3 to +7. Lyle managed two birdies on the back nine, but still finished the day with an 86 that sent him home.
Last but not least, you had some weak finishers. Nick Watney was nipping at the leaderboard all day, but now sits at even par after bogeying four of the last seven holes. Fred Couples, of yesterday's fame, also would still be near the top of the leaderboard were it not for finishing his day with three straight bogeys.
You can be certain to expect a whole lot more blood shed on "moving day" tomorrow, especially if the course continues to dry out.