Masters golf: Scottie leads, but Tiger shatters record


The Americans Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and Bryson DeChambeau lead after the windswept second round of the US Masters golf tournament at Augusta, but Tiger Woods still remains in the spotlight.

Scheffler (72), Homa (71) and DeChambeau (73) walk on 138 strokes (-6) with two strokes ahead of Nicolas Hojgaard of Denmark (140, -4).

The Dane is one stroke ahead of the American Collin Morikawa and Cameron Davis of Australia (141, -3) followed by the young Ludvig Aberg of Sweden.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen is in 30th position at 147 (+3).

The amateur Christo Lamprecht could not make the cut-off.

Woods shot 72 in the second round and is tied for 22nd at 145 (+1).

He said after his round that any player who competes in the last two rounds has a chance to put on the Masters jacket early Monday morning.

The gusts spoiled most players’ scores and only Aberg (69) could complete the second round in less than 70 strokes.

Woods rewrote the record books at Augusta when he became the first player to make the cut for the 24th time on this course.

The previous best of 23 was held by South Africa’s golf legend Gary Player.

Player and Jack Nicklaus symbolically ushered in the tournament when they teed off on Thursday.

“I am tired. I am very, very hungry. I can do with food and caffeine,” the 48-year-old Woods said after his second round.

Some of the other famous players who qualified for the last two rounds, but also struggled in the wind, include Brooks Koepka (146, +2), Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson (both 148, +4), Jon Rahm (149, +5) and Adam Scott (150, +6).

* In the local Sunshine Series’ Tour Championship played at the Serengeti Estate outside Kempton Park, South African Kyle Barker (135, -9) is one shot ahead of compatriot Jonathan Broomhead (136, -8) followed by Darren Fichardt, Rupert Kaminski, Neil Schietekat and Wilco Nienaber (all on 138, -6) followed by Jean Hugo, Dylan Naidoo, Robin Williams, Louis de Jager, Casey Jarvis and Malcom Mitchell, who are all joint seventh on 139 (-5 ).

This tournament is the last in this year’s series.

Sources: BBC and Sunshine Series