Augusta, April 7: Sergio Garcia, Rickie, Fowler, Thomas Pieters and Charley Hoffman are tied for the halfway lead at the Masters on four-under-par.
Garcia shot a solid 69 on another day of tough scoring conditions at Augusta National, while Fowler surged up the leaderboard after adding a second round 67 to his opening 73. First round leader Hoffman was caught by the pack after shooting 75, 10 shots worse than his opening score, while Belgian Pieters carded a strong 68 which included an eagle at the par-five 13th hole.
Much attention will be on Garcia as the popular Spaniard is still chasing that elusive Major title. The 37-year-old has 30 tournament wins worldwide but, prior to this week, had chalked up 73 Major starts without a win – the third longest Majorless run since 1934 behind Jay Haas (87) and Lee Westwood (75).
“Having a chance is the best thing and winning it, I’m sure, it’s amazing. But for me, I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to be healthy, that I’ve been able to play so many Majors in a row and give myself a lot of chances to win them. That for me is already a win, and then, you know, if we can put the cherry on top, that would be even better,” said Garcia.
Fowler, who holed a bunker shot at the second hole for eagle, is looking forward to a ‘fun weekend’.
“I knew the first two days would be tough. We really needed to make sure we could fight through it and stay in the tournament. It’s going to be a fun weekend; we’re going to see a lot of good golf and battle it out,” said the 28-year-old Californian.