Austrian Bernd Wiesberger rushes into the fray at the Masters after hitting his previous best score at Augusta with 66 … while Scot Bob MacIntyre comfortably makes the cut on his debut
- Bernd Wiesberger has won eight times on the European Tour, but never in America
- The big-hitting Austrian carded a 66 in the second round and moved up four under
- Wiesberger is halfway through stage three behind leader Justin Rose at Augusta
- Bob MacIntyre from Scotland made his Masters debut at level par halfway through
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger had never broken 70 in 21 rounds at the Masters. Now he has a chance to claim the green coat after hitting his previous best score on Friday with a stunning 66.
The great 35-year-old from Salzburg has failed to reach top 20 finishes at Augusta in five games, but that is about to change after taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions.
Wiesberger has won eight times on the European Tour, but never made much of an impression in America. Here, he started with three consecutive birdies, building on his win to be just three shots behind Justin Rose at four under par.
Bernd Wiesberger won in the second round on Friday with 66 points against his previous best score
“The greens were definitely a bit softer and that gave me the opportunity to attack the course,” he said. ‘I was very hot on the first 11 holes and my putting was really good. Obviously there was a good chance of getting a low score and I am so glad I was able to get one. ‘
Wiesberger and Rose have largely separated themselves from the rest of the European challenge. At level, there is a leading group, including Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Open Champion Shane Lowry, who all need a low lap on Saturday to get back into the mix.
At the same point is Scot Bob MacIntyre, who played his last seven holes in three under to make his Masters debut halfway through.
The 24-year-old left-handed from Oban seemed to miss the point, until he made an impressive move through Amen Corner with three birdies in a row from the 12th.
Also here for the weekend is two-time former champion Jose Maria Olazabal. It is the first time since 2014 that the 55-year-old Spanish legend has played all four rounds. “It feels like another victory!” he joked.
Bob MacIntyre from Scotland came comfortably halfway through his Masters debut at level par