What's buzzing:

Branden Grace shows perseverance in second Masters start

PGA.com

South Africa's Branden Grace tied for 18th in his first Masters start a year ago.

Because of that, the 25-year-old, four-time European Tour winner should have had some confidence this week as he made his second Masters appearance.

Whatever confidence there was probably vanished for Grace after a nightmare round of 12-over 84 on Thursday -- the highest score recorded in the first round.

RELATED: Masters leadeboard | Day's ball lands in patron's bag | Complete coverage

What a difference a day makes, though. On Friday, Grace was an entirely different player. He had an amazing 15-shot turnaround, bouncing back from Thursday's 84 with a 3-under 69 in the second round.

At 9 over total, Grace will most likely miss the cut at this Masters, but it doesn't make his one-day turnaround any less remarkable.

On Friday, Grace recorded four birdies and just one bogey compared to Thursday's one birdie, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.

Believe it or not, Grace's 15-shot turnaround isn't the most in Masters history. That distinction belongs to Craig Wood, who was 21 shots better from round one to round two, with scores of 88-67 in 1936.

Wood went on to win the 1941 Masters and U.S. Open. We'll see what the Golf Gods have in store for Grace going forward.

Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tjauclair.

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
EPL $20K Nobody Loses 3146/10000 $1 $20000 Today 10:00 AM Enter
NHL $1.3K Tournament [$125 to 1st] 346/1478 $1 $1300 Today 7:00 PM Enter
NHL $1.5K Tournament [$150 to 1st] 76/341 $5 $1500 Today 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (0)