Schwartzel best placed South African at Masters

Apr 10, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

The 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel held things together on Friday at Augusta National Golf Club to card a one-under-par 71 in the second round of the Masters, moving him to a share of 32nd.

His one-over-par total leaves him eight shots off the lead held by Justin Rose, who scrapped his way to a level-par 72 to stay at seven-under and one ahead of his nearest pursuers, Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman of the United States.

On a day on which the front nine of Augusta gave little away, Schwartzel started his round with a bogey on the first, before picking up birdies on three and nine. He made another gain on 14 before bogeying 16, the par-three, on which the pin placement was widely regarded as the most difficult it could be during the tournament. However, he will feel he can score even lower should he take advantage pf the par-fives, something he didn’t do in the second round.

Behind him, Louis Oosthuizen carded a two-under 70 in the second round to move to two-over for the tournament. He also made three birdies in his round, including one on the closing hole, but he dropped a shot on the fifth.

Also on two under after a second round of four-over 76 was Christiaan Bezuidenhout. The tone for his round was set when he pulled his tee shot on the first into the rough on the left and had to just bump the ball out onto the fairway. He made bogey there, and again on four, 10 and 14. He made birdies on eight and 15, but it was a double bogey on the tough par-three 12th which cost him. He hit his tee shot into the water, and narrowly missed his bogey putt after hitting his third just past the hole.

Lurking behind Rose, and all looking dangerous are Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion (68), and Australian Mark Leishman (67) at 139, with six tied for sixth place at 140: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (66), Tony Finau (66), Justin Thomas (67), Si Woo Kim of South Korea (69), Cameron Champ (68) and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (71).

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