AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ah, back again, are ya? Then I guess I have to give you what you want. You might not like it sometimes -- like medicine -- but in the long run, it'll be good for you. And you know you'll be back for more because you need it.
I find that Friday's grades are the hardest because: (A) I grade the golfers against their performance Thursday; (B) I grade Friday as its own stand-alone day; or (C) I do whatever I want and let y'all be mad either way?
You already know the answer, don't you? I give you Friday's grades!
Adam Scott World Ranking: No. 2 | Scores: 69-72
He made the turn with a D grade, but what champions do better than others is find a way to turn what should be a 76 into a 72. And don't even get me started on how he spent much of the day proving that the anchored putting stroke can't help putting from inside 10 feet. With all that, he's 4 shots off the lead and in position to have an epic showdown with Bubba Watson on Sunday. Please play well enough to make that happen!
Henrik Stenson World Ranking: No. 3 | Score: 73-72
He showed some real fight with the birdies on the 13th and 15th holes Friday, though a bogey on 16 killed the momentum. He's trending in a positive direction. If only he could get the putter going a little bit more. He's still close enough to get in position to get a top-10 finish; the question for him will be: On Moving Day, which way is he going to move?
Jason Day World Ranking: No. 4 | Scores: 75-73
A 3-shot improvement from Round 1 and it was all because of the putter. Round 1 had 32 putts. Round 2? It was 29. And because of that, he'll make the cut by the skin of his teeth. Going into the weekend, Day's got to find more than six fairways a round. Though winning his first major might not be possible this year, two good rounds might get him a top-10 finish.
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