After every round this week, we here at Devil Ball will give you a quick recap of the day, with our thoughts on some of the best, and worst, performances of the day. Follow us on Facebook for Masters news throughout the week, and on Twitter for up to the minute reactions. Now, onto Friday's round, where a certain you-know-who jumped up the leaderboard ...
Round of the Day: Just watching Jason Day play on Friday was a treat to anyone that has ever aspired to hit the little white ball down the long, green fairway. Day made eight birdies en route to his 64 that jumped him to second place at the Masters, and it was as good as it sounded, highlighted by a tap-in birdie on the 18th that drew smiles from the entire threesome. (A side note: props to the green jackets at Augusta National for giving us some extremely entertaining groups on Thursday and Friday. It really enhanced the Masters experience.)
Biggest Surprise: What, Tiger Woods posting a 6-under 66 wasn't a surprise? You were expecting that to happen? Woods looked lost on his first three holes, very similar to how he went around Augusta on Thursday, but he turned it on when he got to the eighth, and from that point forward, was the story of Friday. His second shot into 18 was vintage Woods, and dropping that birdie putt really has people thinking he's going to make a weekend charge.
Biggest Disappointment: It has to go to Phil Mickelson, who has yet to get anything going on two great scoring days at Augusta National. Lefty made four bogeys over his first 11 holes, and then failed to birdie both the par-5s on the back that everyone seemed to be tearing up. With the gap between Phil and the leaders continuing to grow, it seems that his run at a fourth green jacket might have to wait until 2012.
What to Look for on Saturday: If you aren't excited for the third round of this tournament, you either hate golf, or hate life, or possibly both. This is exactly why major championships are the best tournaments around. We have two guys at the top of the leaderboard that, combined, wouldn't be old enough to play on the Champions Tour, and we have Tiger lurking behind. Besides that, Sergio Garcia has thrown his name in the mix, and guys like Ricky Barnes and Fred Couples are just a solid round away from the final group. If you're looking for something specifically, watch how Rory McIlroy and Jason Day handle the pressures of being in the final group at the Masters. It's a different beast, and with Tiger teeing off right before them, it wouldn't surprise me if they came out rattled on the first few holes.
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