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Day 2: Shubhankar Sharma misses cut despite gutsy effort at the Masters

European Tour
Posted by Admin 09 Apr 2018

Shubhankar Sharma’s dreamy journey to the Masters had everything India’s Golf fans could have asked for—passion, power, thrill and grit. But the ace Golfer’s gallant effort fell short as he just could not get enough wind behind his sails to reach the weekend in his first ever major appearance. After a punishing 77 in the first round, Shubhankar, who captured the imagination entire nation’s with his game, returned with a 74 to end his week early.



Shubhankar Sharma Masters



                                            Shubhankar Sharma showed grit at the Masters 



He said that the notorious fluctuating wind speed and direction in the morning made a big difference. It was difficult to hit approach shots exactly where you wanted to. And putts from a wrong place on these greens are always difficult. However, he said it was indeed a great experience for him and he would certainly try his best to be back next year.




Meanwhile, Patrick Reed is halfway home to his first major championship. Reed shot a 6-under 66 in the second round of the Masters on Friday, moving to 9 under for the tournament and giving him a 2-shot lead over Marc Leishman heading into the third round.



Patrick Reed


                                        Reed is seeking his first major title 



"I kept myself out of trouble and allowed my putter to do the work," Reed said.


Reed and Leishman will be the final pairing Saturday at Augusta National, with the weather forecast calling for steady rain throughout the day. Both Reed and Leishman are seeking their first major title.






Henrik Stenson (70) was four shots behind. Rory McIlroy (71) is off to his best 36-hole start in seven years and is looking as poised as ever to capture the fourth leg of the career Grand Slam. Jordan Spieth lost his two-shot lead on the first hole and was on the verge of getting left behind until he made a key par putt to close the front nine with a 40, and then he salvaged a 74 to join McIlroy just five shots behind.



Looming was Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, who made a 45-foot par putt on the 16th to atone for several birdie putts in the 10-foot range that he missed. Johnson had a 68 and was six shots behind, along with PGA champion Justin Thomas, who had a 67.



Eleven of the 17 players still under par at the halfway point can be found among the top 20 in the world.



Tiger Woods did enough in Friday's second round of the Masters to reach the weekend. Now the question becomes: Can he find another gear to move into contention?



Tiger Woods



                                        Tiger Woods at the Masters making his presence felt



Woods shot a 3-over 75 at Augusta National, equaling his highest second-round score in his Masters career. A couple of par-5 birdies allowed him to safely stay inside the cutline. But at 4 over for the first two days, he's tied for 40th and 13 shots behind leader Patrick Reed.



Simply making the cut doesn't seem like much of an achievement for the four-time Masters champ, but Woods did not dismiss the significance of it.



"Putting it in perspective, six months ago I didn't know if I'd be playing golf," he said after his round. "Forget playing at the TOUR level, I didn't know if I ever be playing again. But it's incredible for have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course.



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