The phantom winds blew at Augusta National and baffled the players. I noted a few moments in this Golfweek roundup of things we learned from the day, and Ron Green Jr. covered it as well for Masters.com with more player comments.
The wind, fast greens, tough hole locations and reachability of the par-5s led to rounds over five hours for the first few groups and 5:40 for the late groups.
Patrick Reed took the lead with a spectacular 66 that included three stretches of three birdies in a row, but it was his more conservative approach to the first hole, as suggested by his wife, that was of equal interest, reports Brentley Romine.
Reed's college coach and swing coach Josh Gregory is not surprised by his performance, but he's also superstitious and leaving town as he had planned, writes Doug Stutsman.
Ian Poulter was put on the clock twice, and as Kevin Casey reports for Golfweek, he was not phased.
Dan Kilbridge went the entire way with Tiger and reports on the day.
Michael Bamberger concludes that we should have listened to Tiger when he said a win this week would be a tall task.
Fred Couples made the cut again despite looking like he could WD at any minute, writes Dylan Dethier for Golf.com.
Mark O'Meara makes it official, the 1998 champion has played his last Masters, writes David Westin.
The updated odds for the weekend have 36-hole leader Patrick Reed at 5/2.
Martin Kaufmann feels we're not getting enough shot tracing. From what I've seen, it does not do a good job helping us see the ball as it falls from the sky.
Brian Wacker on the scene at Augusta's airport.
Your TV and tee times for Saturday:
Patrick Reed’s incredible round in 3 minutes:
Saturday’s hole locations look tough, again:
A fun look air the hats available here:
One of the best merchandise items this week...