Good morning from Augusta National. At the moment, Phil Mickelson is last among players to have made the cut, having triple-bogeyed the first hole and bogeyed the second.
He's at plus-9. Three players are at plus-6: Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter and Bryson Dechambeau.
Here's the amazing thing about that: These are great players who have been playing well of late.
And they're getting beaten down by the same golf course that Patrick Reed is dominating.
This is why I love golf, and Augusta National. All sports are unpredictable in nature, but in golf, there is noone who can help you on the coruse. If Mickelson's swing is a little off, he's going to end up in the woods, and if Woods hasn't played in a major in three years, his flaws will be exposed on a major-championship setup.
It's raining lightly now and promising to rain on and off all day here, but there has been no lightning or thunder, so play is continuing.
As my friend Kirk Bohls from the Austin American Statesman tweeted earlier, Patrick Reed took the lead with two rounds in the 60s. Noone has ever shot four rounds in the 60s at The Masters.
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