US Masters day two blog

  • Last Updated: April 13 2013, 1:18 BST

Ben Coley is blogging throughout all four days of the US Masters. Recap Friday's drama as Jason Day moved into the lead.

Jason Day: Takes a one shot lead into round three
Jason Day: Takes a one shot lead into round three


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Leaders: -6 Jason Day, -5 Fred Couples, Marc Leishman, -4 Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, others: -3 Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, -2 Rory McIlroy

00:45 So that's it for round two coverage, I'll be back from around 1600 BST to take you through round three. See you then.

00:40 Well what a day that was. Day leads on six-under, Woods falters late to fall three behind, Dustin Johnson gets to seven-under with five to play but ends the day five behind, and Chinese teenager Guan makes the cut despite a penalty for slow play. Wow.

00:36 Day will not birdie 18 so Guan makes the weekend. What a relief for all involved that is after the Chinese 14-year-old incurred a penalty for slow play earlier.

00:34 Fowler retains his composure to produce a wonderful bunker shot on 18, and he'll head into the weekend on level par.

00:32 Day's approach to 18 comes up just short of the green and unless he chips in, that means Bubba and Guan are safe for the weekend. Fowler finds sand and he'll struggle to remain level from there.

00:27 Donald makes par on the final hole to end the day one-under, five behind Day. So many men in with a shout here.

00:25 Woods makes bogey on 18 and having been tied for the lead an hour ago is three behind Day, whose drive finds sand on 18.

00:20 Fowler makes a good par save on 17 to remain level.

00:18 Day misses, and will take a one shot lead to the final hole.

00:16 Woods now from 176 yards on 18. He's overdone it and is on the top tier with a terribly fast putt to come. Bubba meanwhile finishes at four-over and will need Day to stay where he is if he's to survive.

00:14 Day is in the zone and will have 12ft for birdie on 17. With 18 playing so easily, that putt would probably spell the end for Guan.

00:10 Day's birdie has serious implications - if he finishes six-under, where he is now, those on five-over will miss the cut. They include George Coetzee, Jamie Donaldson and Webb Simpson. If he makes another birdie, Guan will miss out.

00:07 Day smokes a driver into the fairway on 17 and from the short grass he'll have green light to attack the flag. On the green, Woods lags close and makes par.

00:05 Birdie for Day on 16 and we have a new leader at six-under. If he can par home, he'll play with Couples tomorrow. Not so good for Fowler, who makes a triple to fall to even for the tournament. He's gone from bang in the mix to having very little chance - simply too many players to pass at the weekend.

00:02 Fowler will have eight feet to avoid a triple-bogey on 16 after finding water from the tee. On 17, Woods plays a superb shot over trees to find the green but is 40ft away.

23:58 An update on some players away from the lead for you. Donald is one-under and the only player bar Fowler, Day and Woods out on the course and under par at present. At six-over, Oosthuizen will miss the cut and Poulter needs a birdie on the last for a chance to make the weekend - he's never failed to do that here.

23:55 Splendid tee-shot from Day on 16 and he'll have around 15ft for birdie. Fowler is next and he finds water - we haven't seen many in there today and that's a poor shot.

23:52 Day's birdie putt follows Fowler's in staying up so he remains five-under. On 16, Woods scrambles a good par from the bunker to stay one behind.

23:50 Fowler's birdie try stays up so he remains two off the lead at three-under. On 16, Woods plays a nice enough bunker shot but is still left with six feet down the hill for par.

23:47 Senden misses from nowhere on 18 and will remain two-under having spurned that birdie chance. On 15, Day plays a super bunker shot to around 10 or 12 feet.

23:45 A missed green for Tiger on 16 after an aggressive line with his tee-shot. He's either in sand or the rough next to it, either way it won't be an easy second.

23:43 Fowler plays one of the best wedge approaches we've seen on 15 but will still have a tough downhill putt for birdie. Day has a go in two and looks to have found sand, which is a fair effort.

23:41 Tiger does superbly to make a bogey and limit the damage of that cruel break. He's now one back of a three-way tie for the lead. Behind him, Day and Fowler hit solid drives while on 18 Choi ends three-under.

23:35 Typical of the player, Woods hits a stunner to five feet and should save his bogey.

23:33 Wow! Woods is so unlucky on 15, seeing his ball hit the pin and spin back into the water. He'll be laying five from the drop zone.

23:30 Day makes par on 14 and Fowler matches him after a superb up and down. He's two behind, but Senden is now three behind after back-to-back bogeys.

23:23 Fowler will have more pressure on his short game after going long on 14, to a spot close to where Woods just made par from. Day will have a chance for birdie from 30ft, while on 15 Tiger's drive finds the pine needles.

23:21 Tiger Woods is now Sky Bet's 6/5 favourite.

Day is second favourite but right out at 12/1, which speaks to how packed this leaderboard is.

23:20 Woods makes his par on 14 and will head to the par-five 15th with visions of birdie and the lead.

23:17 It's just a par for Schwartzel on the last so it seems that approach to a foot or so was his third. He's two-under alongside the likes of McIlroy and Garcia in a leaderboard packed with quality.

23:15 Fowler makes his par putt on 13 - that was a stressful hole for him but no damage has been done. On 14, Woods plays a lovely pitch from an awful spot and has a good chance to save par.

23:12 Schwartzel nearly holes his approach on 18 but should make a simple birdie to get to three-under. On 16, Senden drops one but compatriot Day makes no mistake on 13 and now joins the leaders.

23:10 Tiger is long with his approach on 14 and has work to do for par. Back on 13, Fowler will have seven or so feet for par and Day's eagle try races past by some 10 feet.

23:05 Woods hits a solid tee-shot on 14 and is in the first cut. On 18, Leishman tidies up for a round of 73 and remains in a share of the lead - for now.

23:02 Day hits the 13th green in two and has an outside chance to jump from tied fourth to solo first. Fowler's second comes to rest on a downslope and he has a horrible third shot coming up.

22:59 Woods sees his birdie attempt on the 13th green slide left and he remains tied for the lead.

22:57 Bogey for Schwartzel on 17 and he's now three back, which isn't far but there are so many players in the mix that it may well seem it. On 18, Leishman's approach is on the right level but 35 or 40 feet away.

22:53 Woods will have 12ft for the lead after playing the par-five 13th as a three-shot hole. Leishman made par on 17 and has hit a perfect drive up the last.

22:50 Fowler bounces back from bogey on 11 with birdie on 12 and he's three-under, while Day does well to make bogey having found the water and is one off the lead again on four-under.

22:47 Snedeker makes birdie on 18 to finish four-under, and Rose follows him home to end the day a shot further back.

22:45 Rose will join compatriots Westwood and Lynn on three-under after a superb approach to 18. On 12, Fowler has a chance to get back to that score having hit his approach to within eight feet.

22:43 Schwartzel remains two behind thanks to a par on 16. Back on 12 with the final group, and Day finds water. Ouch.

22:40 Westwood and Furyk make their birdie putts on 18. Furyk will start tomorrow on four-under and Westwood a shot behind him.

22:38 Momentum-saving par save on 12 from Woods but it'll be bogey for Fowler on 11. However, Day makes an incredible birdie to tie the lead on five-under.

22:35 Woods will have six feet for par on 12 as Leishman makes his on 16. Meanwhile on 11, Day plays a stunning shot from the trees and has an outside birdie chance.

22:33 Furyk plays a stunner into 18 and will have around two feet for birdie. Westwood follows and his is even better, but as such doesn't catch the slope that's long of the pin so he'll have six feet.

22:30 Superb little splash shot from Leishman on 16 and he should save par. Back on 12, Woods flies the green by a distance and is a tad fortunate to roll back into sand, from where he'll have a chance to scramble a par.

22:26 Schwartzel birdies 15 to move to three-under and just two back of the leaders as Woods strides to the 12th tee.

22:23 Par for Woods on 11 after a straightforward two-putt but on 14, Choi three-putts for bogey to fall two behind. On 16, Leishman finds sand.

22:21 Pars for Furyk and Westwood on 17 and the latter, four off the lead, has hit a glorious drive down the last. Furyk is one shot closer to the lead on three-under.

22:18 Lovely birdie for Day on 10 and he's one back on four-under. On 16, Snedeker also makes from mid-range and gets to three-under, two off the lead.

22:15 Double-bogey for Bubba on 11 and he's six-over. Meanwhile on 13, Senden misses a great birdie chance and remains a shot shy of the lead.

22:07 Birdie for Choi on 13 and he's going along nicely at four-under. On 10, Tiger two-putts to remain in a share of the lead.

22:04 Woods sees his approach to the 10th pitch close to the pin but run out a good 30ft, and he'll have that for birdie. Meanwhile bogey for Rose on 15 means he and Snedeker are both two-under.

22:01 Westwood's scorecard has just been changed online to show a bogey on five, meaning he's two-under for the event and now three. That's where he'll stay after a par on 16.

21:54 Bogey for Leishman after a wayward drive on 14 and that means we have a tie for the lead - he's sharing the honours with Woods and Couples. Could they play together tomorrow?

21:52 It was a double for Furyk on 15 and he falls to three-under, in the process underlining the damage that can be done even on one of Augusta's supposed 'easy' holes. To the 16th, and Westwood will have 30ft for birdie.

21:50 Almost unnoticed, Lynn made birdie on 18 to end the day three-under and right in contention. Meanwhile compatriot Westwood makes another par, this time on 15.

21:46 On 12, Senden finds sand. Meanwhile on 15, Furyk does what DJ did a couple of hours ago in finding water short of the 15th green in three - he looks like he's going to make double.

21:44 Day makes a nice par save on eight but there's better news for Australians on 11 as Senden makes birdie to get to four-under.

21:42 Fowler rolls in his first birdie putt of the day on the eighth and he's now three-under, three back of Leishman after his par at 13. Choi joins him at three-under with a birdie on 12.

21:40 Derek writes: "I like the idea of penalizing strokes for slow play, but they chose HIM to make an example out of? First tournament in America, and it's the biggest one he may ever play in, so you pick on him for slow play? Makes about as much sense as making toast while taking a bath..."

Agreed, Derek.

21:35 How do they bet, you ask? Well, Sky Bet make Woods their evens favourite.

Remember, if you're a new customer you can have a £10 bet completely free. Therefore, if you take two minutes to sign up, you can put get £10 for free if Woods wins and lose nothing if he doesn't. Enjoy your takeaway.

21:32 Birdie at last for Westwood on the 14th, courtesy of a superb approach to eight feet. He's now three-under heading to the par-five 15th.

21:28 To the relief of the field, it's just a birdie for Woods at eight but he's now just one shot off the lead on five-under.

21:25 Rose got lucky on 13 as his second just managed to cling on to dry land. He takes advantage, too, rolling in a short birdie putt to return to three-under. Turning point?

21:23 Day makes his birdie try on seven and is three-under alongside John Senden, his compatriot who makes birdie on 10.

21:22 Tiger produces a stunning second on eight, bending his approach around trees to around 20ft. If he makes that, he shares the lead.

21:20 "Hello Ben," writes Ian "What a tournament this is turning out to be, any one of 20 could still take the green jacket come Sunday. What was your view on Guan getting a penalty shot for slow play? Surely they have to take his age into consideration, and don't forget it is a three-ball. It will be a shame if he misses the cut because of it."

It doesn't sit well with me Ian but such is life! I find it hard to believe he's the only player in this field playing a tad slowly and feel they could've told him after the round that he won't get away with it again. But there we go. It's some tournament, you're right!

21:16 Rose is leaking shots and has hit his approach to 13 into the creek. On seven, Day has a good birdie chance coming to get to three-under.

21:14 Furyk makes a nice birdie on 13 to move back to five-under but that's still one off Leishman's score after a super up and down from the Australian on 12.

21:12 Closing birdie for Dufner and he's just three back on two-under. Meanwhile, Choi makes a birdie on 10 to join him on that score.

21:10 Ominous. Woods makes a long, curling birdie putt on seven to get to four-under and just two behind.

21:04 Rose makes another bogey on 12 after he can't get down in two from sand. Ahead on 13, Westwood's second catches the bank and shoots way right, leaving him a pitch of 50 yards for his third.

21:00 Looks like par for Leishman on 11 after a super chip but Rose has work to do for his on 12.

20:55 Closing birdie for Rory and that's a nice fightback - he'll start Saturday on two-under and in with a chance.

20:52 Alongside Westwood, Furyk makes bogey after failing to get up and down from the back on 12. Back on five, Day makes birdie to return to two-under where he's joined by Fowler after a bogey.

20:51 Sloppy bogey for Rose at 11 as he three-putts from relatively close. Meanwhile on 12, Westwood makes his 12th par of the day.

20:47 Dan asks: "Is it still raining? If so, does it look like continuing for the rest of the round?"

Thanks for joining us Dan. The good news is it's bright and sunny above Augusta right now, perfect conditions.

20:43 It's just a par on 10 for Leishman. Meanwhile on six, Donald and Woods both have outside birdie chances to come.

20:40 Westwood makes another par on 11, this time after a lovely pitch, and he remains two-under.

20:37 Birdie for Tiger on five and that was a bonus after a modest approach. He's now lurking just three behind Leishman, who has a chance on 10.

20:33 Par for Rose on 10 but a chance missed and he remains four-under. Snedeker also makes his par while back on the fourth Fowler produces a nice up and down to remain three behind.

20:23 I've no idea what's going to happen in this tournament but if you do Sky Bet are offering hole-by-hole specials alongside their outright betting, in which Woods is 3/1 favourite.

20:21 Nice par for Furyk on 10 while back on four, Tiger saves from five feet for his par. Rory can't manage the same on 16 though and is back to one-under.

20:18 Couples closes with a birdie to set a new clubhouse lead at five-under. Super stuff.

20:16 Dustin Johnson makes double on 18 to fall from seven-under and leading to one-under and five behind. What an astonishing final five holes.

20:13 Nine pars for Westwood who turns at two-under but Snedeker bogeys the same hole to join him. Rose, meanwhile, remains four-under through nine and two behind.

20:07 Birdie for Leishman on eight and he's back in front. Going the other way is Dustin Johnson with a bogey to fall to three-under, alongside Scott who has now finishes.

20:05 Super back nine from Cabrera with birdies on 14, 15, 16 and 18 to set the clubhouse target at four-under.

20:01 Bogey for Fowler on the third and he's now two back on three-under, while Schwartzel is two-under after a bogey on seven.

19:56 Birdies for Rose and Snedeker, Rose now to four-under and Brandt a shot back through eight holes.

19:53 Jason Day is two-under for the tournament alongside Woods, who has started with three pars.

19:47 Eight pars for Westwood to start round two and he's three off the pace as Furyk birdies eight to hit the front. Leishman soon joins him though with birdie on seven.

19:44 McIlroy looked out of it an hour ago but back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 have him on two-under, two back. So many players are within five of this lead.

19:42 Birdie for Kuchar on 13 and he's now two-under. On 16, Johnson makes par to remain in a share of the lead.

19:39 Par for Rose on seven but Snedeker falls back to two-under with a bogey. We're hearing that Guan's bogey on 17 was a par, but he got a one-shot slow play penalty. Wow.

19:33 Donald makes birdie on the second to move to two-under, remarkably just two back - he was six off the lead just a few minutes ago. Woods pars to remain two-under.

19:30 It's a double for Dustin to fall to four-under, meanwhile Leishman also makes bogey - four-under now leads the Masters.

19:27 Cabrera makes his two on 16 and that's the former champion to three-under, which will be at most two behind in a few minutes.

19:25 Guan ends with a par and that's four-over, currently just about inside the cut. On 15, Johnson's third is awful and finds water - he has work to do for bogey now.

19:23 Kuchar is leaking shots here and is now one-over heading to the 13th tee. Meanwhile, Snedeker and Rose continue to lurk on three-under through six holes.

19:21 Johnson lays up on 15 as does Couples. Ahead on 16, Cabrera is inside six feet which would take him to three-under.

19:17 Par for Scott on 15 and he remains two-under, as does Garcia with a par that will please him having found the water. Cabrera joins them on that number with birdie on the same hole.

19:13 DJ's drive on 15 is solid and he'll be able to attack the green in two. All players are now on the course as Fowler pars the first but Schwartzel gives one back to fall to three-under.

19:09 Sloppy three-putt bogey from Kuchar on 11 and he's back to two-under. Couples pars 14 but DJ makes bogey to see his lead cut to one.

19:05 Par to start with for Tiger and he's five shots back of Johnson, who has a bit of work to do for par on 14. On 11, Dufner makes birdie to return to two-under.

19:01 Two birdies in three holes see Na get back to two-under, part of a group which includes Moore, Westwood, Clark, Huh, Lynn and Zach Johnson. It also includes Scott now courtesy of a birdie on 14.

18:58 Bogey for Leishman on four and having bogeyed to of the first three holes today to fall three behind, Johnson now leads by two.

18:56 Par for Kuchar on 10 but bogey for Dufner and he's back to one-under, the same score Immelman will end the day on after a disappointing back nine.

18:53 Birdie for Furyk on five and he moves into that group on four-under. Couples stays there with par on 13, but DJ makes his birdie putt to get into the lead.

18:50 Johnson is forced to lay-up on 13 but again advertises the improvement in his wedge game with an approach to around eight feet - that for the lead. On 12, Mickelson finds water.

18:46 Big fist pump from Phil as he saves par from distance on 11 to stay level for the tournament. Garcia misses from 10ft on 13 and falls to two-under, one ahead of Scott who does manage his par.

18:44 Birdie on four for Snedeker and he returns to three-under alongside Rose. Kuchar meanwhile makes par on nine to turn at three-under.

18:42 Two bogeys on the spin at six and seven see Lynn fall to two-under, that's alongside Choi after a birdie on the second and John Huh after a par to start his second round.

18:39 Guan pars 15 and is three-over with three left today. Back on three, Schwartzel goes three-under for the day and is now tied for third on four-under.

18:35 Mickelson is back at level after a bogey on 10 and he's in trouble on 11 too. Not so Dufner, who birdies eight and nine to get to two-under.

18:33 Roars from the galleries as Couples birdies 12 after a superb tee-shot. DJ meanwhile shows off his short game prowess again with a very tidy up and down to remain in a tie for the lead.

18:30 Birdie on nine for Haas and he's one-under for the tournament. Meanwhile Leishman opens with a trio of pars, a very sound start from a player in a position he isn't used to.

18:28 Closing bogey for the second day running from Fernandez-Castano and he's two-under for the tournament at the halfway stage.

18:27 Significant leap up the board from 2011 winner Schwartzel who makes an eagle, I believe the third of the day. He's now three-under as Choi drops to one-under with a bogey on the first.

18:24 Bogey on the first for 2007 winner Zach Johnson and he's two-under, four back. Guan meanwhile is three-over with four to play - pars home will see him make the weekend aged just 14.

18:21 DJ plays a superb little chip down the slope on 11 and taps in for par to remain tied for the lead.

18:19 Bogey for Lynn and he's now three back on three-under alongside Kuchar, who makes par on eight. Rose joins that group with birdie on three but alongside him Snedeker makes bogey to fall to minus two.

18:16 Two pars for Leishman and he remains tied with Johnson, who is on the 11th. DJ's approach on a dangerous hole misses the green right and he'll have a very fast chip coming.

18:14 Fernandez-Castano drops one to slip back to three-under and Mickelson also makes bogey to turn in one-under. Charl Schwartzel is under way and he's made par on the first to stay alongside Mickelson.

18:12 Finally something for McIlroy fans to shout about as he makes eagle on eight to get back to level. If he can play the rest of his round in anything better than par he'll go into the weekend with some sort of chance.

18:10 Sergio does very well to make bogey on 11 but he's now three back on three-under, while it's five pars for Lynn to remain two behind.

18:05 Significant move by DJ with another birdie, this time at the 11th, and he now shares the lead with Leishman on six-under.

18:02 Clark drops a shot on the third to fall to two-under alongside Westwood, who is level for the day through two holes. A birdie on the same hole sees Snedeker get to three-under.

17:59 Par for Fernandez-Castano on 16 and he's level for the day with two to play. Back on 11, Garcia's approach finds water and he seems certain to drop at least one.

17:52 Mickelson makes birdie on eight to get to two-under, four back of Leishman who is now on the course and pars the first. The Masters is hotting up in every sense.

17:50 Dustin Johnson closes out his front nine with a birdie to turn level for the day and now alone in second, just one back of the lead.

17:47 Bogey-eagle start for Robert Garrigus and he's three-over. Jim Furyk is three-under after an opening par and that's where Kuchar remains after a three on the short sixth hole.

17:45 Another birdie for Stricker sees him get to one-under along with Moore, who bogeys three to give back one he gained on the second. Langer is also in that group after a par on 11.

17:43 Fernandez-Castano makes birdie on 15 to return to four-under, that's in a tie for second along with the likes of Garcia and Lynn. Meanwhile, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker begin with pars on the first.

17:37 Birdie on three for Tim Clark and he's now three-under. It's anyone's guess what score leads today but for what it's worth, I'll say six-under will be in front come the morning.

17:35 Dropped shots for Na and Toms see them return to one-over alongside Mickelson, playing the eighth, and Scott, who has made the turn. Lee Westwood meanwhile starts today's round with a par to remain two-under.

17:32 Birdie for Couples on eight and he returns to three-under, while Ryan Moore makes one of his own on the second to get to two-under. DJ and Garcia each remain four-under through pars at eight and nine respectively.

17:28 As the sun comes out in Georgia, local boy Kuchar drops another shot on the fifth to fall to three-under. Leishman tees off in 10 minutes and he'll do so with a healthy lead.

17:26 Two bogeys and three pars for Rory and he remains eight behind on two-over, while both Watney and Stricker par 12 to remain three-over and level respectively.

17:20 Kevin Na, David Toms and Tim Clark all begin with pars to remain two-under. A shot behind them is a group which includes Mickelson and Scott, plus Richard Sterne after an eagle on the second.

17:17 Steven says: "Steve Stricker...slowly slowly creeping up the leaderboard - got a good feeling about this supreme short game specialist!"

Back-to-back birdies have him back to level-par, some recovery given that he was five-over this time yesterday.

17:15 Kuchar drops a shot on four to return to four-under, alongside Garcia after a par at eight.

17:12 Bad news for fans of sporting romance as Couples makes a double on seven. He falls to two-under, but playing partner Johnson remains four-under.

17:08 Three bogeys on the spin see Oosthuizen fall to five-over. Meanwhile, Guan has made the turn at three-over and therefore inside the cut line.

17:04 We're now less than an hour away from the final group and Sky Bet have cut Tiger Woods to 3/1 despite the fact he's yet to hit a competitive shot today. Second-favourite is Matt Kuchar and don't forget, new customers can have a £10 bet completely free.

17:00 Els has dropped five shots in nine holes to fall to three-over, where he's joined by Watney after another birdie on 10.

16:58 How about this from Sandy Lyle? Birdies at two and three see him get to one-under and well inside the top 30.

16:56 It's a double for Immelman on 11 and he's now four behind on two-under. Meanwhile on seven, Scott gets one back with his first birdie of the day and is one-under.

16:53 Birdie at six for Couples and he joins those at four-under. Immelman finds water on 11, though, and will make a bogey at best to fall backwards.

16:51 The fourth snares another victim, this time Mickelson who takes four for a bogey to fall to one-under. He'll know that if he can make the turn at one-under, he'll have chances to make ground on the back.

16:49 Eagle for Manassero on eight and he returns to four-over, inside the cut line at present. Alongside him, Guan makes par and remains three-over.

16:47 Back-to-back birdies see Dufner get back under-par while back on the first, David Lynn is under way with a par.

16:43 Similarly, Nick Watney is two-under at the turn, a superb knock on a tough day. That brings him back to four-over for the tournament.

16:41 With the projected cut now at five-over, hats off to Thorbjorn Olesen who began the day two shots off that mark but now sits at four-over.

16:39 Right now, 28 players are at par or better for the tournament. I'd wager that number drops dramatically, perhaps below 20, come the end of the day.

16:36 McIlroy is now two-over for the day and for the tournament alongside Ryder Cup teammate Kaymer, while both Bradley and Oosthuizen are a further shot back.

16:33 Garcia steadies the ship with a par on the fifth but Scott makes another bogey - he's three-over for the day and six off the pace.

16:31 One senses Kuchar will relish this test and a birdie on the second sees him go into second on his own at five-under.

16:28 Mickelson makes birdie on the tough third and he's now 10/1 with Sky Bet. Lefty is two-under, four off the pace, but just two behind second.

16:25 Fernandez-Castano birdies 10 to get back to three-under and that gives him some nice momentum to take to Amen Corner.

16:23 The fourth is playing well over par but that hasn't stopped DJ making birdie, an important one which returns him to four-under. Immelman meets him there after a bogey on nine.

16:19 Guan drops another at seven and is now three-over, while Rory can only par the second and therefore remains one-over alongside Jason Dufner.

16:14 Alongside Garcia, Scott also makes a four to fall to one-under for the event. Conditions about as tough as they come at present and it's not even that windy - these pin positions are very tricky.

16:11 Another bogey for Garcia, this time on the long par-three fourth hole, and he's back to four-under. Immelman and Couples putting course knowledge to good use in faring best so far.

16:08 Fernandez-Castano drops another shot on nine to make the turn in two-over for the day and two-under for the tournament. Double-bogey on one for Keegan Bradley and he's now three-over.

16:05 Birdie on eight for Immelman and he's under-par for the day and five-under in total. Mickelson makes par on the second while on one, Kuchar is away with a par.

15:58 Bogey on the first for Rory and he's now seven back of the lead at one-over par.

15:55 Birdie for Couples on the third and he's now among the group at four-under. Dustin is going the other way, though, with a trio of fives to open the day seeing him fall to three-under.

15:53 Should we be surprised that Lawrie is the low man on course? Probably not. A birdie on eighth means he's two-under for the day and two-over for the tournament.

15:50 The rain really is beginning to pour now and that means length will be a huge advantage. Fernandez-Castano can't take advantage of the par-five eighth and remains three-under.

15:42 Phil the thrill wanted tougher conditions and he has them. Can Lefty take advantage? He's made par on the first to remain one-under, but Martin Kaymer takes five to fall to one-over.

15:40 Els falls back to level with another bogey, while on the third both Scott and Garcia make bogeys too.

15:36 Pars for both DJ and Couples on the second - birdies really are hard to come by as light rain begins to fall over Augusta National.

15:33 After starting with three pars, Ben Crenshaw has just made a seven on the par-three fourth hole. He now props up the leaderboard at 12-over.

15:30 Bogey for Fernandez-Castano on seven and he's three-under, and a bogey too for Guan on the fourth - he's two-over for the tournament.

15:28 Bogey for Van Pelt on the third and he's back to level, while in the first group DA Points has made par on every hole bar that bogey on the first and he's one-over.

15:24 It's a par for Sergio on the second and he's 9/1 with Sky Bet. Scott makes par too to sit three off the pace and he can be backed at 14s.

15:20 Of those to have played three or more holes today, only Lawrie is under-par for his round. Augusta is fighting back.

15:17 Birdies at the second for Singh and Yang, the latter now level and Vijay under-par for the day and the tournament.

15:10 Both Couples and Dustin Johnson begin with bogeys on the tough first to fall to four- and three-under, while Immelman is back at minus four too after a bogey on the fifth.

15:05 Three holes, three pars for Guan and he remains one-over and comfortably inside the cut line. Fernandez-Castano remains level for the day through five holes.

15:00 Eagle for Langer on the second and he leaps to two-under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Garcia begins his second round with a par to remain in a share of the lead while alongside him Scott also makes an opening four - he's three back.

14:57 Henrik Stenson has it back to two-over with a birdie on the second, but Els bogeys the third to fall back to one-under. Angel Cabrera remains on that score with an opening par.

14:52 Back-to-back bogeys for Manassero and he's now five-over, but Guan makes a second par to remain at one-over and it's so far, so good for the 14-year-old.

14:50 Bjorn is struggling at three-over for his round already and four-over in total. So, too, are Merrick and Donaldson, who are two-over for the day and four-over in total.

14:47 Pars on the first for Bo Van Pelt and Vijay Singh, one-under and level respectively, but YE Yang is now over-par courtesy of an opening bogey.

14:44 Par on the third for Immelman who remains bogey-free while up ahead, Fernandez-Castano makes three on the tough par-three fourth.

14:42 Just had an email from a William, asking to reserve a room for 11 nights in June. Sorry, Billy, I think you want Travel Lodge matey (other hoteliers are available).

14:37 Birdie for Els at the second and he's two-under, but Bernhard Langer begins day two with a bogey to fall back to level.

14:35 Jed joins the party and says: "Looking at weather predictions and stats believe winning score will most likely be -10, although most bookies seem to think it will be nearer -14. Appreciate we're not even half way through but would be interested to know your thoughts re this."

Well, Jed, if we ignore Zach Johnson's win in freak weather (he shot one-over to win!), the last six renewals since the course was remodelled combine for an average score of around 11-under. Yesterday's first round was a shot better than last year's, and we saw 10-under win in 2012. If I had to guess, given the standard of those towards the top I'd say 12-under will do it, maybe by two shots but not by any more.

14:32 Fernandez-Castano gives one back on the short third and returns to the cluster at four-under. Early indications are that anything under-par this morning will represent a fine day's work, although don't forget the back-nine plays easier.

14:30 The dream continues for Guan with a par on the first. I wonder how Matteo Manassero, the previous youngest person to take part at Augusta and playing alongside Guan, feels. He's made a bogey on the first to fall to four-over, three behind the Chinese teenager.

14:27 Ian is back and says: "I think Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson are in great positions to really score low rounds today, after great starts by them both yesterday. Rose's game seems tailor-made for Augusta. Hoping for a great days golf and maybe a charge by the Tiger or Mickelson to set things up for the weekend."

Welcome back Ian and thanks for the email. I find it hard to imagine a Masters weekend without one of Phil or Tiger in contention and have a sneaky feeling Lefty will produce one of the low rounds today.

14:25 Alan Dunbar deserves a mention for a par-par start. His Masters debut was a nightmare, with a five and an eight in his first two holes, but he's four shots better today.

14:22 Back on the course and it's a birdie for Immelman on the second to join the group on five-under. Horses for courses.

14:21 Dustin said "Yeah, I had a great round today," while Mickelson said he started to "feel good" on the back-nine.

14:19 And Leishman: "Yeah, it was awesome, but I never really got ahead of myself, because I know that this course can bite you pretty quickly."

14:17: Fancy some press conference snippets? I know I do. First, Garcia: "No, I mean, well, obviously it's obviously not my favorite, my most favorite place, but you know, we try to enjoy it as much as we can each time we come here. Sometimes it comes out better than others, but today it was one of those good days. And you know, let's enjoy it while it lasts."

14:15 Par, too, for Steve Stricker. He showed how to salvage a round here yesterday by playing the last six holes in four-under for a round of 73, having looked dead and buried at five-over through 12.

14:12 Par for Fernandez-Castano on the second and he remains five-under. It's the same for Bjorn and Lawrie, while back on the first Ernie Els makes par to stay one-under.

14:07 Credit to Curtis, who has responded to making double on the first with a pair of birdies to get back to four-over, the current cut line. Stadler continues in freefall though at 10-over.

14:06 James writes: "I backed Adam Scott at 25/1 and K.J at 80/1 and am excited about their chances. What are your thoughts on the likely contenders come Sunday? The highlight for me so far is the performance Tianlang Guan, just mind blowing!"

Agreed, James - he was sensational. Here's hoping he can shoot another similar knock and make the weekend - he's on for low amateur honours at present! As for those likely to contend, I think you've got one of them in Scott. He's simply a machine in majors in terms of producing consistent results. It's hard to see Woods not being somewhere close, and from a personal point of view I'm confident two of my fancies, Dustin and Rickie, can also stick around. Today will reveal plenty.

14:02 O'Meara gets his dropped shot on the first back straight away on the par-five second, while back on the first Trevor Immelman is away with a par to remain four-under.

13:58 With that opening birdie, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is in to 33/1 with Sky Bet, who have Tiger as a 4/1 jolly.

13:56 Further to that, Steve Flesch, a former PGA Tour professional with a fine Augusta record, has described conditions as 'brutal' on Twitter. Seems it's a day to grind out those pars - that'll suit Woods down to the ground.

13:53 Reports from the course confirm that there is a little breeze this morning, rain is expected, but it should all calm down for the afternoon. Clearly, that favours Marc Leishman as well as the likes of one Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

13:51 Not to be outdone, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano continues his dream week with a birdie on the opening hole. He's now five-under and just one off the lead. Thomas Bjorn, however, makes bogey.

13:48 Curtis gets one back at the second courtesy of a birdie but it's another bogey for Stadler, who is now nine-over. Meanwhile on the first, Paul Lawrie gets off and running for the day with an excellent birdie to return to three-over.

13:41 Pars for Martin Laird and yesterday's hole-in-one hero Jamie Donaldson on the first, and they remain two- and four-over respectively. Mark O'Meara can only bogey and drops to three-over as a result.

13:38 The day's first birdies come from Olesen and Merrick, who both make four at the par-five second. It's just a par for Points, so he's joined by Merrick on one-over.

13:34 Bogeys for Craig Stadler and Michael Weaver meaning that the first six players on course are a combined six-over par for the opening hole.

13:31 Having made the turn in two-under, Ben Curtis came home in six-over yesterday for a round of 76. It seems a night of rest hasn't helped matters as he cards a double-bogey on the first to fall to six-over. Ouch.

13:26 Matthew is a shrewd cookie, he's on former champ Trevor Immelman at fancy prices.

"I really surprised more hasn't be said about Immelman's healthy start to the trophy," he writes. "He's a previous winner and is going unnoticed by media. With a solid round this morning he could be sitting pretty watching the rest in five hours time. (I had 250/1 before the tournament so I may be a little over excited about his chance after the first round!)"

You're right to point out the claims of a proven major winner, Matthew. My concern would be that it's so rare for a player to produce four good rounds having been out of form for so long, but then again Martin Laird did it just last week! Best of luck.

13:21 The first par of the day goes to Merrick, who remains two-over. Points is a shot ahead of him, but Olesen has his work cut out at seven-over.

13:20 "Hi Ben," writes Jason. "Could you just clarify the 'cut' situation for me please - is it top 50 and ties and does the 10 shot rule apply? Amongst others I've backed Bill Haas - any thoughts on his chances after his respectable if unspectacular level par round?"

It's top 50 and ties Jason and the 10 shot rule does apply. As for Billy Haas, he's a hot putter away from a low number pretty much every time he tees up so if they drop early, he can definitely work his way into the mix.

13:18 Low-key stuff to start the day as both Points and Olesen register bogeys on the tough first hole.

13:15 Sky Bet's in-running betting is now available and don't forget, if you're a new customer you can have a £10 bet completely free of charge - you don't even have to deposit a single pound.

Far be it from me to encourage you, but I wish I was allowed to take advantage of that offer! Good luck if you are playing.

13:10 Andy asks: "How do you think Brandt Snedeker will go today?" and the answer is I've no idea to be honest! He didn't strike the ball very well yesterday but scrambled superbly, as is usually the case. Given that he's out late, if he can shoot two-under again that'll represent solid work and should see him in with a chance for the weekend.

13:00 We're off and away on day two at Augusta thanks to DA Points, John Merrick and Thorbjorn Olesen. Of the leaders, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is out at 13:33 BST, Sergio at 14:39 and Dustin 11 minutes later. Rory McIlroy is under way at 1534, with Phil Mickelson in the preceding group at 1523.

12:55 Carl is with us and says: "Much like yourself Ben, I am in the Dustin Johnson camp this week so I am delighted with his opening round, hopefully he can follow it up today. One player I am not as happy to see up the top of the leaderboard is Sergio, I don't agree that he deserves to win a major, you have to earn such titles and his sulky and give it all up attitude when things go against him is horrible to watch. Just my opinion there."

To which you are entitled, Carl. Certainly, Sergio polarizes opinion - to me he's a flawed genius and the type of character I tend to support, so he's one of the handful of players not carrying my cash who I'd love to see win. One thing is for sure, there are some quality towards the top of this board and even before the TV cameras turn on we're sure to learn a lot about who can and who can't win this week.

12:50 Peter writes: "What's the wind like today Ben? A couple of forecasts say its goin to be breezy. -8 to be leading after today and cut at +2 that's my prediction. Van Pelt and Schwartzel to come out of the pack. Bring it on (except no rain or lightning)!"

I like a man with ideas, Peter. Firstly, the weather: breeze, rain, dull and overcast seem the be words being thrown around by those in the know but hopefully we see the sun poke through at some stage.

Charl Schwartzel was one of three players - Lee Westwood and Rickie Fowler the others - to manage an under-par round despite opening with a double-bogey, so clearly he has the tools to kick on today should his later tee-time prove no disadvantage. What wind is forecast is expected to pick up a little after lunch.

12:45 David is the first emailer today and asks: "Morning. How is the weather looking, any delays expected?"

No delays, David, but there is rain expected to reach Augusta very early on today. How that affects things only time will tell but it isn't expected to be too severe.

12:15 Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second day's play from Augusta.

The 77th Masters Tournament got off to a wonderful start and more of the same can be expected, so stick around with me from the first until the last shot of round two where we'll find out who makes and who misses the cut.

As ever, emails are welcome at benjamin.coley@bskyb.com or tweet me @BenColeyGolf. I'm going to get myself in the zone so to speak and will be back shortly before 13:00 for the first groups of the day.