Revolution in Moving Day at Augusta Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama unleashes a phenomenal performance like that of Justin Rose on the first day and flies alone in the lead. The Japanese turns in 65 strokes (par 72) and takes the lead with a total of -11.
With 18 holes from the end between him and the rest of the group four strokes of detachment. Very well, finally, Francesco Molinari: his -3 of the day is among the best scores. The blue is twenty-first. Not even the 78-minute break due to rain caused a real-day Matsuyama to lose focus in Augusta National.
At the restart the Japanese allowed himself the luxury of putting four birdies and an eagle in eight holes. Impossible to keep up with the 29-year-old Japanese. Justin Rose, protagonist of the first two laps: the Englishman finished in par and remained at -7 on Friday.
In second place with him two Americans like Will Zalatoris and Xander Schauffele as well as Australian Marc Leishman. Schauffele, with a Japanese mother, played on Saturday with Matsuyama (speaking in the language) and will also do so on Sunday in the last 18 holes.
Behind is Corey Conners, sixth thanks also to the second hole in one of the Augusta Masters 2021 (with an 8 iron on hole 6). The Canadian dreams of the second top ten in Georgia after last November. Behind him Jordan Spieth (-5).
Not only Hideki Matsuyama
Moving day of the Masters 2021 very difficult for Justin Thomas, especially after the eight strokes needed to close the par 5 of hole 13. Now the number 2 of the ranking navigates in 13th position (-1).
The possibility of ousting Dustin Johnson from the throne of the world recedes. Well, indeed very well Francesco Molinari: the blue also scores a splendid eagle at hole 8 by posting from about thirty meters. He is now 21st, at par.
In Augusta, Georgia (USA), the 85th edition of The Masters reserved the first verdicts: between sensational eliminations like those of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. And then the access to the final phase, albeit with many difficulties, by Francesco Molinari.
So the leadership that Justin Rose barely retained, the comebacks of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and the disqualification of Matthew Wolff. Endless twists and turns on the Augusta National GC course (par 72). The Masters Tournament gives, the Masters Tournament takes away.
After dominating the scene in November 2020, signing the lowest score in the history of the competition (268, -20) the American Johnson, defending champion and world number 1, was unable to make it past the cut, with dreams of glory over.
in the water at 15. With a partial of 75 (+3) out of a total of 149 (74 75, +5), the 36-year-old from Columbia (South Carolina) left the scene. He is the fifth player, after Greg Norman (1990 and 1997), Nick Price (1995), Martin Kaymer (2011) and Rose (2019) to leave the theater of dreams of the green prematurely as world number 1 and the first champion in charged after Sergio Garcia (also out) in 2018.Same score, among others, for Brooks Koepka (who returned to the race after the knee operation last March 16th).