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Masters 2024: What to watch for in round 2 at Augusta National

It will be a long day at Augusta National on Friday, as inclement weather delayed the start of the Masters by several hours.

The second day will be the longest for Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, as they were only able to complete 10 holes due to darkness. But those who have tickets to the second round are lucky. They will only be able to watch Tiger Woods play about 1.3 rounds of golf.

Bryson DeChambeau’s -7 currently leads the pack, with 2022 Green Jacket winner Scottie Scheffler just one stroke behind.

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A general view of course direction arrows is seen during a practice round before the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Highlights of Day 2 in Augusta include:

How do you pass on leadership?

DeChambeau got off to a hot start, racking up three straight birdies to begin the day. He cooled down a bit and for the next eight holes he was 1 over, but of the next six holes he birdied five and he finished round one with a 66.

The powerful LIV star was one of the first players out Thursday and was scheduled to tee off at 11:54 a.m. Friday. However, with the first round suspended, there is a possibility that it will be postponed and given an even longer rest.

But one player taking an extremely short break is five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.

How will Tiger react to an early tee time?

The already short break was bad news for Woods, but now it’s going to be even shorter. Last year, he barely qualified on Saturday morning and withdrew in the third round later in the day.

Woods was originally scheduled to tee off at 10:18 a.m. ET, but will instead be on the 14th hole at 8 a.m. The good news is that he is well within the cut line at -1 (currently 1 over). The bad news is there are a lot of unknowns with Friday, and given his recent history, the outcome is likely to be negative.

Tiger Woods at the 2024 Masters

Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the first green during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

LIV founder Greg Norman attends Masters for first time since 2021 after not being invited last year

This is still the Masters Scottie Scheffler should lose.

Scheffler was hitting around +450 to win the tournament, which was the lowest odds in recent memory.

He is without a doubt the best golfer in the game right now and his performance shows that. He’s on pace to finish in the top 10 for the eighth time out of nine tournaments this year, and no one would be surprised if he finishes in the top two for the fourth straight tournament.

All the credit for a great opening day went to DeChambeau, considering his history at Augusta, his reduced time on the track with LIV and the fact that he’s no Scottie Scheffler.

Where are the LIV people?

More success followed after three of them finished T4 or better (Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka were T2). However, it is quite top-heavy among them.

Bryson at the Masters

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States thanks the crowd as he steps off the 18th green during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)

Tyrrell Hutton (-3) was 6th through 14 holes, with Joaquin Niemann and Patrick Reed finishing -2.

But LIV’s other nine players are under par, including defending champion Jon Rahm, who shot a 1-over 73. Adrian Melonk received an invitation to join the world top 50, but shot a 78 and got a T. -85, ahead of amateur Jasper Stubbs, just-in-for-fun Fred Couples and Peter Mainerty.

Another slow start for Rory McIlroy

It was an eventful day for McIlroy, who is still searching for a career slam 10 years later. He shot a 1-under 71 with four birdies and three bogeys. He missed the cut last year, playing 1-over golf through three rounds before finishing second with a final-round 64. He missed the cut in 2021. His T5 in 2020 also came after he shot a 75 in the first round.

Rory McIlroy at the Masters

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy watches from the 17th green during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

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