World primary Scottie Scheffler had historical past on his facet as he took a record-equalling lead into the third spherical of the 86th Masters.
Searching for a outstanding fourth win in his final six occasions, Scheffler carded an excellent second spherical of 67 to submit a midway whole of eight underneath par at Augusta Nationwide.
That gave the 25-year-old American a commanding five-shot lead over defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel, Eire’s Shane Lowry and first-round chief Sungjae Im.
4 of the 5 earlier gamers to carry such a midway lead went on to say the inexperienced jacket, with Jordan Spieth the newest to take action in 2015.
“I really feel like my recreation is in a great spot,” Scheffler stated with appreciable understatement.
“As soon as I noticed that I took the lead my first thought was to simply maintain attempting to construct it simply because I really feel like I’m enjoying effectively.
“That would be the purpose on Saturday, simply to maintain placing myself in good positions, execute pictures and so long as I’m dedicated to all the things, all the things must be positive. The remainder actually isn’t as much as me.”
Quote of the day
Tyrrell Hatton makes his emotions about his placing crystal clear.
Shot of the day
Former Open champion Stewart Cink used the slope on the sixteenth to perfection to make a hole-in-one.
Tweet of the day
Former participant and TV commentator Tony Johnstone sums up the achievement of Tiger Woods in making the minimize following his automotive crash final 12 months.
Spherical of the day
Scheffler and Justin Thomas each shot 67, however Scheffler’s gave him a record-equalling five-shot lead.
Statistic of the day
The omens look good for Scheffler followers.
The par-five second succeeded the eighth gap as the best, a beneficiant pin place serving to to yield three eagles and 37 birdies for a scoring common of 4.573.
The par-four eleventh was the hardest gap for the second day working, with simply two gamers making birdie, eight making a double bogey and two faring even worse. That every one added as much as a scoring common of 4.629.
Saturday can be a cold day, struggling to heat into the higher 50s throughout the afternoon. Cloud cowl thickens up once more within the afternoon with one other low likelihood for a quick bathe. Winds will once more be breezy however not as robust as Friday, turning into sustained close to 15 mph and gusting 20-25 mph at instances.
Key tee instances (all BST)
1750 Robert MacIntyre, Lee Westwood1800 Kevin Kisner, Tiger Woods1850 Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann1940 Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry1950 Scottie Scheffler, Charl Schwartzel