|-7 J Rose (English); -6 B Harman (United States), W Zalatoris (United States); -5 J Spieth (United States), M Leishman (Aus); -4 J Thomas (USA), T Finau (USA), B Wiesberger (Ast), SW Kim (Kor), C Champ (USA), H Matsuyama (Jpn)|
|Others selected: -1 B DeChambeau (United States); Level R MacIntyre (Sco), S Lowry (Ire), T Fleetwood (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); +1 T Hatton (English); +3 P Casey (Eng), I Poulter (Eng), P Mickelson (United States)|
|Missed Cup: +5 D Johnson (United States), L. Westwood (English); +6 R McIlroy (NI)|
England’s Justin Rose leads the Masters heading into the weekend, but saw his first-round advantage reduced to a shot at Augusta National on Friday.
Rose led by four strokes to seven under par after the first round, but players line up behind him after carding a level par 72 on day two.
Americans Will Zalatoris (68) and Brian Harman (69) are six under par.
Jordan Spieth and Australia’s Marc Leishman are another shot back, with 10 players now within three of the lead.
World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson, who won that major tournament in November with a record 20 under par, missed the cup by five points, the same score as England’s Lee Westwood, while the Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy finished with six points.
Only 12 players shot below par in the first round, but more accessible bowling positions and less wind provided better scoring conditions on the second day.
Rose recovers to maintain her first place
Two-time runner-up Rose has experience as a leader at the Masters, but failed to turn those advantages into wins at Augusta National.
It was the fourth time the 40-year-old has led the field heading into Matchday 2, a feat matched only by six-time record champion Jack Nicklaus, and he has now led or co-led a seven-man round. occasions – most any player not to win a Green Jacket.
It took a recovery from the back nine to keep Rose on pole after four bogeys and a birdie saw her four-stroke lead reduced to one by the eighth.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who birdied six in his first 10 holes, put the club’s lead to four under par before Leishman did better with a five under 67, having started the day par level. .
Rose rekindled some of the form he showed on Thursday by making five consecutive pars over the last nine, then birdies three in four holes to keep the target down to seven under.
“The finger was pointing at the panic button, it was a bad start for sure,” he said. “I was very happy to turn around and do some great swings around Amen Corner. I got aggressive on the 13th tee and felt it was the turning point.
“Rarely do you organize a grand tour and back it up with another the next day. My intention was to play for free and so I did.”
Zalatoris was a late participant in Augusta having climbed into the world top 50 in February, but is heading for the third round with a header.
The 24-year-old aims to become the first debutant to win the Green Jacket since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, and finished with three consecutive birdies for a four-under-68 that will place him in the final group with Rose on Saturday.
“Just being here is pretty cool,” Zalatoris said. “To be in the final group on Saturday at the Masters is a dream come true.”
He shares second place with fellow American Harman, who clocked 17 and 18 birdies for a second straight 69.
Spieth, who won the Texas Open last week to end a lost race dating back to his 2017 Open championship victory, is also in contention at the Georgia venue.
The 2015 Masters champion closed the gap on Rose to two strokes with a four-under of 68.
The 27-year-old three-time major champion birdied three of his last six holes after losing his only shot of the day in the 12th par three.
This is the third time the American has opened with consecutive below par rounds at the tournament, the previous two resulting in a tie for second in 2014 before winning the green jacket the following year.
Fellow Tony Finau played second and also made six birdies, with bogeys at 12 and 18 seeing him sign for a six under 66. He’s four under, alongside Justin Thomas.
World number two Thomas was also on for a 66 before losing his first shot of the day on the last hole as he failed to convert a three-foot putt.
US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau returned to form after struggling on Matchday 1, posting a score of five under 67 that included seven birdies as he fell to one under par for the week .
But four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who had knee surgery last month, missed his first cut to a major since the 2013 Open Championship after finishing five above par.
Kim damages the putter in frustration
South Korea’s Si Woo Kim is a touching header distance after a three-under 69 that took him to four under on day two.
This is despite the fact that the world number 49 damaged his putter in frustration on 15. He continued to par using his three woods and then used the same club for through the remaining three holes.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is also in the four-under-par group of six after a one-under 71 that included an eagle from the fringes of the green to the 13th par-five.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who carded an Under-70, and Matthew Fitzpatrick are seven shots back to normal, alongside Scottish debutant Robert MacIntyre, who birdied five in a 70 of his own on Friday.