James Sugrue fell on his shield in missing the Masters cut after posting a brilliant second round 71 that will ultimately fall a few shots shy of the weekend mark at Augusta.
The 2019 Amateur Champion brought some of that Portmarnock form to Georgia on Friday with a stunning six birdies on his way to a one-under par effort, the best round of an Irish amateur ever at the Masters.
That left the Mallow man on four-over par after an opening 77 gave him too much work to do on Friday but after the initial disappointment subsides, Sugrue will be able to reflect on an incredible Masters experience after becoming just one of fifteen Irishmen to tee up at the Masters. A night in the famous Crow’s Nest and a photo alongside Tiger Woods will rank high in the memories and if playing schedules soon improve into 2021, it will be events like this that will stand to Sugrue when he eventually makes the move to the professional ranks armed with an abundance of invaluable experience.
Shane Lowry, meanwhile will hope his 2020 Masters experience is only beginning as he sits right on the bubble of the cut mark after round two was suspended due to fading light. The Clara star will resume play from the eleventh fairway after a front nine two-under par effort saw him get back to even par for the tournament, currently the projected cut mark.
Unlike the opening day, Lowry took advantage of the two par-5s in birdie fours and also picked up another gain at the par-3 sixth, all-in-all a great recovery after bogeying his opening hole in the company of defending champion Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy rekindled his hopes of a Career Grand Slam after hitting route 66 to get to three-under par for the tournament, six shots off the lead while Graeme McDowell is also on the projected cut line at even par through eight holes of his second round with play to resume this afternoon.
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