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Masters Update: Patrick Reed And Mark Leishman Make Their Move

After round 1, Jordan Spieth was the story of the tournament.   By the end of the front nine, Spieth was just part of a much-bigger picture as he imploded on first several holes.   As the rest of the field struggled with the greens as they hardened up, there was a new story about to develop.  And that was Patrick Reed and Mark Leishmans move to the top and beyond.
Patrick Reed shot a 6- under round 66 which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.  Reed’s putter was on fire but he was putting himself in position to make those putts.  At one point during the round, he had 16 one putts through the first 29 holes of the tournament.  That is the kind of start you have to have in order to be 9- under going into the weekend at Augusta.   But there was one other that was having a round of his own.
Mark Leishman shot a 5- under round and finds himself just 2 strokes back.  Mark has played extremely well thus far in the tournament, so well in fact that he actually was atop the leaderboard in round 1 for a while.   That was until Speith had his late day surge which pushed him directly to the top of the leaderboard.
In two consecutive days we have seen a player or two get hot and that propelled them ahead.  After round 1, it looked like Speith was going to run away and hide but he struggled mightily early on in the second round.   It took everything he could do to get himself back to finish the round 2 over.   After 5 holes, Jordan went from 6- under to 2- under and was chasing from that point on.   He was not able to get close enough to let his putter do the work for him until later in the round.
Before round 2 started, Tiger was 7 strokes back.  By the time he drove his first ball on the first hole he had made up 3 strokes as Speiths meltdown opened things up.   But just as in round 1, Tiger was not sharp and he would struggle throughout the day shooting a +3 over round to finish +4 and just under the cut line.
Another favorite that was in contention on day 1 was Phil Mickelson and he also had a round 2 to forget.  He came in 2- under and carried that till the 9th hole yesterday.  That is when his round went south as he triple bogied 9, then lost 4 more strokes before his round mercifully ended.  Mickelson did make the cut… but just barely as the cut line finished at +5.
If what we saw happen to Speith in the second round happens to take place today with the leaders at the top, then this tournament could be wide open.   The chase group is let by Henrik Stenson at 5- under.  Behind him you will find Rory McIllroy and Jordan Speith at 4- under.  Directly behind them at 3- under are Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
For the Record, one of the favorites coming into this week was Rory McIllroy.  He has played well and is lurking so do not be surprised if he plays himself back into this or wins it.
Both Thomas and Johnson were both over par after day 1 and looked out of it.  But both rebounded with good rounds and find themselves Close enough to make some noise.  I declared Johnson out after day 1 as he finished at 1 over.   But he, like Reed and Leishman gained some momentum later in the day and was able to pull back into the competition.
Moving day is traditionally day 3 and that will likely be the case as the weather is set to turn on its head.   Rain and cool weather is set to move in and that will bring down the scores for sure.  That will be followed by a very cool finishing round as Temps will finish the week in the 50’s.
Here is the Rest of the Leaderboard.
1 Patrick Reed               -9 -6 69 66 135
2 Marc Leishman          -7 -5 70 67 137
3 Henrik Stenson          -5 -2 69 70 139
T4 Rory McIlroy.            -4 -1 69 71 140
T4 Jordan Spieth.         -4 +2 66 74 140
T6 Dustin Johnson.      -3 -4 73 68 141
T6 Justin Thomas.        -3 -5 74 67 141
T8 Tony Finau.               -2 +2 68 74 142
T8 Rickie Fowler.           -2 E 70 72 142
T8 Louis Oosthuizen.    -2 -1 71 71 142
T8 Justin Rose.              -2 -2 72 70 142
T8 Bubba Watson.         -2 -3 73 69 142
T8 Charley Hoffman.     -2 +1 69 73 142
T14 Cameron Smith.      -1 E 71 72 143
T14 Matt Kuchar.            -1 +3 68 75 143
T14 Jon Rahm                 -1 -4 75 68 143
T14 Bernd Wiesberger   -1 +1 70 73 143
T18 Jimmy Walker           E -1 73 71 144
T18 Hideki Matsuyama   E -1 73 71 144
T18 Zach Johnson          E +2 70 74 144
T18 Tommy Fleetwood.  E E 72 72 144
T18 Adam Hadwin           E +3 69 75 144
T23 Li Haotong               +1 +4 69 76 145
T23 Russell Henley         +1 E 73 72 145
T23 Rafael Cabrera Bello +1 +4 69 76 145
T23 Vijay Singh                +1 +2 71 74 145
T23 Satoshi Kodaira        +1 +2 71 74 145
T28 Fred Couples            +2 +2 72 74 146
T28 Ryan Moore.             +2 E 74 72 146
T28 Jhonattan Vegas      +2 -3 77 69 146
T28 Francesco Molinari  +2 +2 72 74 146
T28 Kyle Stanley             +2 +2 72 74 146
T28 Branden Grace        +2 +1 73 73 146
T28 Jason Day                +2 -1 75 71 146
T35 Chez Reavie             +3 -1 76 71 147
T35 Kevin Kisner.            +3 +3 72 75 147
T35 Brian Harman           +3 +2 73 74 147
T35 Daniel Berger           +3 +2 73 74 147
T35 Martin  Kymer.          +3 +1 74 73 147
T40 Si Woo Kim                +4 +1 75 73 148
T40 Doug Ghim                +4 +4 72 76 148
T40 Bernhard Langer       +4 +2 74 74 148
T40 Adam Scott                +4 +1 75 73 148
T40 Bryson DeChambeau +4 +2 74 74 148
T40 Tiger Woods                +4 +3 73 75 148
T46 Ian Poulter                   +5 +3 74 75 149
T46 Webb Simpson            +5 +1 76 73 149
T46 Xander Schauffele      +5 +6 71 78 149
T46 Tyrrell Hatton               +5 +3 74 75 149
T46 Phil Mickelson             +5 +7 70 79 149
T46 Matthew Fitzpatrick    +5 +2 75 74 149
T46 Kiradech Aphibarnrat  +5 -2 79 70 149
T46 Paul Casey                   +5 +3 74 75 149
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