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Scottie Scheffler, the alien! – Wave Planet

Despite difficult playing conditions (cold and wind), the world number 1 ran an impressive 67 (-5) in this second round of the 2022 Masters and gave himself a five-point lead over his first pursuers. Author of a 74 (+2), Tiger Woods (19th on +1) is the other hero of the day. The five-time winner of the green jacket, who had not played in an official tournament since the Masters 2020, crossed the line for the 23rd time in 24 participations. Grand!

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Scottie Scheffler is he really human? Despite two bogeys on his first three holes, the American, just 25 years old, drew an incredible card of 67 (-5) this Friday in Augusta. A demonstration of power distilled at regular intervals on this but formidable Augusta National Golf Clubdriven by a ubiquitous wind (more than 30 km/h in the early afternoon when he took off).

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Leading -4 after nine holes when he had – missed – a great opportunity to turn over at -5 on the 9 green, the recent winner of the WGC Match Play in Austin (Texas) in late March then unfolded in an almost brazen fashion on the return holes, falling to -5 after the par 3 of the 12th, then to -6 at the exit of the 13th before moving on to -7 at the start of the 16 and even at -8 at the end of this last par 3, scene a few minutes earlier of the 24th hole in one of the Masters history made on this spot by Stewart Cink

Definitely indestructible, pampered by Ted Scottthe former co-pilot of Bubba WatsonDouble winner at Augusta in 2012 and 2014, Scheffler, don’t forget, continues on an incredible three win streak on the PGA Tour since February 13. His best card in a Masters to date was a 68 (drawn in the 2nd round in 2020). 19th in 2020 and 18th in 2021, he has only played over par once (73 in the 1st round in 2021).

His score of 136 (-8) allows him to be five points ahead of his first pursuer, the South African Charl Schwartzel (69), South Korean Sungjae Ima (74), Irish Shane Lowry (68) and the Japanese defending champion, Hideki Matsuyama (69).

Unstoppable Scheffler?

Scheffler also tied the record for most lead after 36 holes in Augusta. His four predecessors enjoy such a mattress of points, namely Herman Kaiser in 1946, Jack Nicklaus in 1975, raymond floyd in 1976 and Jordan Spieth in 2015 they all won on Sunday at the end of the afternoon!

Has he already done the hard part? Of course not ! Proof. We are still announcing the wind over Augusta for this third round and the greens of this diabolical Georgian course will become less and less inviting.

Fifteen golfers stand in seven strokes. Among them are some very big fish like Dustin Johnson, sixth out of -2, more dangerous than ever when it comes to donning the hunter’s gear. the same for me Collin Morikawa, 70 (-2), tenth at -1 and who has just taken 21 places on the standings. This one knows how to win a Major tournament.

We can also add Justin Thomas, convicted or almost after his inaugural 76 (+4) but his 67 of the day – like Scheffler – allows him to make a giant leap in the standings: 60 places! Beware of this former winner of theUSPGA 2017

A jet-powered Woods

The other hero of this very windy second round is of course Tiger Woods† Starting very poorly on his start of the match (4 bogeys on his first 5 holes), the Tiger, all in resilience, waited for a first birdie on the par 5 of 8 to really launch his recapture operation. Like this arrow sent to the green of 10 for a second masterful birdie. Unfortunately, the game of the greatest golfer of the last 25 years will then alternate between the good and the less good.

Bogey on 11 on a bad chip less than twenty feet from the hole, followed by a 2 putts. Bogey back at 12 after a bad face-off (he had made 10 in 2020 on Sunday on the same par 3† And then birdie on 13 and birdie again on 14 to finally draw a card of 74 (+2). 19th out of +1 (145), the most important is ultimately elsewhere. For his first official tournament since the 2020 Masters, the five-time winner of the green jacket makes his 23rd cut in Augusta in 24 starts. Phenomenal!

It was windy, it was cold this morning, the shots were complicated at firsthe summed up quietly. But I fought hard to try to stay on an equal footing today. It was difficult for everyone. With the exception of Scottie… On arrival I make the cut. I will be there this weekend. The trail will dry up, we will find it as we usually know it. How do I feel ? Not bad ! I want to play under par again in the next few days. And then we don’t know what could happen…

Spieth, Koepka, DeChambeau, on the way

If the Tiger will be present for two extra rounds, some big favorites will be gone. Let’s quote in bulk Jordan Spiethauthor in particular of a terrible triple on the 12th today, his cursed hole par excellence; Brooks Koepka, twice 75 this week and who had already missed the cut last year; the mexican Abraham Ancer, 15th worldwide; the Olympic medalist in Tokyo, Xander Schauele Justin RoseGary Woodlandwhich his victory at the . still doesn’t seem to have digestedUS Open 2019Bryson DeChambeaucompletely off topic with his 76 and his very heavy 80 (+12 in two rounds) or even Thomas Pieters4th here in 2017 and winner mid-January of the first Rolex Series in Abu Dhabion the DP World Tour

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