It was an erratic and calamitous day for many of the players at Augusta National. A surprising number of stars missed the cut. Even Jordan Spieth’s magic Masters touch fades when the wind’s blowing like a Georgia cyclone.
Here are the five things we learned at Augusta National today:
1. Turns out that Jordan Spieth is human after all. Spieth’s commanding lead disintegrated under brutal wind conditions at Augusta National today— and the defending champ was visibly frustrated.
2. Henrik Stenson’s got a pretty crafty toddler. Stenson posted an Instagram of his daughter crouching next to Jordan Spieth’s car this morning with her tiny hand on the tire’s air valve. The caption: “Alice told me this morning: don’t worry about Spieth daddy, he will be late for his tee time…:-)”. Stenson finished the day tied for 33rd.
3. Don’t count Rory McIlroy out. McIlroy shot a hard-won 71 on Friday, battling to second place. He’s -1 off the lead after Spieth sputtered to a disappointing 74, and he’s not letting go of this one without a fight.
4. Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are probably making plans for a money game tomorrow at Augusta Country Club. Both missed the cut. Out of 24 starts, this is the only the third missed Masters cut ever for Mickelson.
5. A blustery Augusta National takes no prisoners. Players took turns ascending the leaderboard only to tumble back down again, cursing the weather. Unpredictable wind gusts made this a hellish round for many. Only four players finished under par.