AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jon Rahm had two meaningful shots at the par 5s on the back nine Saturday morning, one for birdie and the other for par, that allowed him to cap off a 6-under 66 and join a five-way share of the lead after 36 holes at the Masters.
Tiger Woods remains in the mix with one birdie and seven pars to complete a 71, leaving him four shots behind. Bryson DeChambeau gets two more rounds after making the cut on the number, and then revealing he felt so shaky Thursday night that he had an additional test for the coronavirus.
As the sun broke through the clouds when the second round ended, it revealed a Masters that even without spectators was shaping up to be as exciting as always.
Ten players were separated by one shot going into the weekend, and 27 players were separated by five shots, a list that includes everyone from Woods and Phil Mickelson to Masters newcomers Abraham Ancer and C.T. Pan.
Rahm joined the lead pack at 9-under 135 with a wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the par-5 13th to resume his second round, but the next par 5 meant just as much.
With heavy morning air, dew on the ground and mud occasionally attaching itself to the golf ball, he chose to lay up and was immediately satisfied with his decision when the ball came off the club and traveled shorter than he imagined. But he overcooked his wedge and went over the green. His fourth shot didn't reach the putting surface.
Needing to get up-and-down for bogey, he chipped in for par to keep a clean card and join the others at 135 who finished their rounds on Friday — Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, Ancer and Cameron Smith.
“It's not like you’re always trying to make it, but it’s the type of shot where I’m really just looking to start it on the right line and land it on the green, because that ball will get to the hole and hopefully finds it, and it did,” Rahm said of his par chip. “It was huge. A chip-in is always a huge boost of confidence.”