Thursday morning rain at the Augusta National plans to adequately fade into the 2020 Masters. But after a delay of about three hours, who trembled Bryson DeChambo’s strategy for supremacy – He rebounded from a double-bogey for a two-under-par 70 shooting at the par-5 13th hole – replayed with 27 of 48 players who finished the equal-breaking round for the day. One of them was Tiger Woods, who scored four-under 68 in a day to finish three strokes behind leader, Englishman Paul Casey.
Fridays in August should provide more clarity: By not predicting rain, the club’s infamous Riggling Greens should play fast and provide some separation in the logjam of the leaderboard.
Back-nine starters can have an advantage.
Casey did not react to start the Masters on the second nine, as the 10th hole is historically the toughest at Augusta National.
If the tournament was held in April, when it was traditionally held, it would not have bothered, as all players start at No. 1. But in November, with daylight at a premium, Augusta national officials had no choice Send players from both nines.
On Thursday, the way the players started their round changed their scores, but not in the way Casey worried.
For right-handers like Casey, the best play from the 10th tee is the right-to-left hook, but if the shot goes too far, it brings the trees into play, which is why Casey said: ” This is not the easiest tee shot. I like to start at 1. “
And still how Finished 10th on his way to seven-under 6In the opening wave, 5 as 24 players who started at No. 10 scored a score of 71.2. Those who started at No. 1 averaged 72.4 on the par-72 layout.
Woods also dropped to No. 10 and cut it in a bogey-free round.
Dustin Johnson, the world’s No.1 and Rory McElroy, One who can complete the career Grand Slam with a Masters victory can expect the trend to continue; They are among the players who will finish their first round back on Friday at number 10 for their second round.
It will not be cut until Saturday.
It was decided to launch the National Staff in August this year, which seemed like a stroke of genius after a thunderstorm in the region on Thursday. This delay virtually guarantees that the 96-man field will not complete the second round at 5:25 pm and cannot be cut until Saturday morning.
After the 2019 tournament produced the largest weekend field – 65 – in Masters history, club officials decided to eliminate the rule that assured a weekend berth to any player within 10 strokes of the 36-hole leader Had given.
The number of qualifiers this weekend will be 50, including ties.
Augusta National chairman Fred S. Ridley said Wednesday that officials had made changes because the more forgiving 10-stroke rule allowed players to continue on Saturdays and Sundays as well, although they were not seriously up for green jackets Will fight
“For the past several years, I think we have only two players who have been in contention who have only made the cut because of the 10-shot rule,” Ridley said. “While of course it can be,” he said, “it’s just not.”
Alan Blinder contributed to this report.