With a weather delay to break up the action, it was difficult to know what would happen when they returned to Augusta National. As it turns out, Matsuyama loved the break and charged forward with the most gains yesterday. Except for a few 68s, there really was not much action at the top of the leaderboard. The players who we thought were going to make a charge, never really got their engines moving. Matsuyama provide the only real excitement for the millions of viewers……or was he?
Unfortunately, my coverage of Matsuyama was limited at best. So I cannot really comment on how well he played. I would imagine he had a hot putter and made fantastic approach shots. But that was not the only exciting thing to happen on Moving Day. I want to give a big shout out to Corey Connors for this:
What a thrill to shoot a hole in one at the Masters. Corey Connors, a Canadian by the way, has been playing very well of late and has a chance today, but Matsuyama will have to falter so the rest of the field can catch him.
So, what has to happen for anyone to catch Matsuyama? That is a great question! First, someone starting in the minus six or seven range will have to shoot 65 or better. And then hope that the leader has a mediocre round. Given that he has a four stroke lead to start, the challenger will have to get quick out the gate to apply any pressure the leader.
If I was a betting on a player or two to shine today, I would suggest that Xander Schauffele and Corey Connors are the players to watch. This is purely a gut feel, but I think if anyone is going to catch Matsuyama, it will be one of these two players.
Regardless, the real winners will be those of us watching all the action. Who are you picking to win today?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!