AUGUSTA, Ga. — Leads were lost, shots bounced off flagsticks back into ponds, and two unexpected developments — one controversial, the other coming amid the lengthy shadows of the fading early evening light — nearly caused major heartache for golf’s new boy wonder.
Yes, the 77th Masters offered a little bit of everything in Friday’s second round.
When the final scorecard was signed, Jason Day found himself in possession of a one-shot lead — his first after any round of any major championship — shooting a 4-under-par 68 at Augusta National Golf Club on the strength of a late birdie, which broke a tie he shared at 5 under with Fred Couples (71), Marc Leishman (73), and at one time, Tiger Woods (71).
But Day couldn’t make two late birdies, which would have shifted the cut line and bumped 14-year-old Chinese amateur Tianlang Guan, who was given an exceptionally rare one-stroke penalty for slow play while he was on the 17th hole.
Because Day missed a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 17, then failed to make birdie at the 18th after driving into a fairway bunker, Guan made the cut, extending a week that’s already been historic. He’s the youngest participant ever in the Masters, and now is the youngest to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event.
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