Masters turning into Battle Royale as Augusta shows its teeth

Augusta- Anticipation hangs in the air as we approach “moving day” at the first Major of 2016 with the two best golfers in the world going toe to toe and the course getting more and more difficult. Reports Piet Lategan.

Golf was still golf on the front nine at Augusta in the second round on Friday, but once the players headed towards the turn for the back nine all of their rounds turned nightmarish with the forever gusting and changing winds that wreaked havoc. On the front nine you could fire a 4-iron towards the pin and then stick it close to the pin, but on the back nine these iron shots were now bounding over the green with the wind playing tricks as American and  overnight leader, Jordan Spieth, carded a disappointing two over par, 74, after his 66 in the first round to drop back to 4-under par as he now leads the Major by just one stroke going into round three.

Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, is hot on the heels of Spieth after following up his 70 in the first round with a sedate one under, 71, in the second round. New Zealander, Danny Lee, also shot a mediocre two over, 74, to reach the halfway mark in the tournament on 2-under par being two shots off the lead after a 68 in the first round as the same applies for American, Scott Piercy, after he carded a even par 72 after a 70 in the first round.

All the golfing fans around the world can whet their appetite. The table has been set as the two best golfers in the world go at it in search of the crown in the first Major of 2016. A breathtaking prospect, indeed.

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