Weather-hit Masters resumes at rainy, chilly Augusta

Weather-hit Masters resumes at rainy, chilly Augusta

The Masters’ weather-delayed second round started on Saturday in the midst of a heavy downpour, with Spaniard Jon Rahm attempting to overtake clubhouse leader Brooks Koepka at Augusta National, where organizers hoped to put the major back on schedule.

Rahm had just safely reached the green with his approach ball at the 10th when play in the second round was halted for the day on Friday due to a storm that swept into the region and toppled three pine trees close to the tee box at the par-four 17th.

Three strokes behind Koepka, who took advantage of the superb early conditions he played in on Friday, the third-ranked Spaniard was coming off two straight birdies, two under for the day, and nine under for the week.

Rahm was one of 39 players who had not finished their second round on Friday. This group includes Sandy Lyle, a two-time major champion who is playing in his last Masters at the age of 65 and was about to make his par putt at the final hole when the bell rang.

Players may anticipate a challenging workout as the day will likely be windy and wet with temperatures around 48 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius).

Tiger Woods, who is walking the course on his repaired leg and is at two over par with seven holes remaining, won’t benefit much from the frigid weather.

If Woods makes the cut, he would share the record for the most straight cuts at the Masters with Fred Couples and Gary Player (23).

Sam Bennett, an amateur, finished his second round on Friday in full and was the second-lowest player in the clubhouse, four strokes behind Koepka. Collin Morikawa, a two-time major champion, was one further shot down at 69.

Viktor Hovland, the co-leader after the first round, was six strokes down of Koepka after his opening 10 holes on Friday.

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