The Masters: Gutsy McIlroy in gusty Augusta

Rory McIlroy showed grit and determination as he kept himself in the hunt for the elusive major to complete his career slam.

The Masters: Gutsy McIlroy in gusty Augusta
The race is on between Spieth and McIlory.

Blustery conditions and fast greens caused havoc on the second day of the Masters, as only a handful of players managed to shoot a score under par and overnight leader Jordan Spieth could not maintain his excellent Augusta form.

Roaring Rory

One player who was able to adapt the conditions was Northern Ireland's Rory McIlory. The world number three started like a whirlwind as he went to four under par, before dropping off the pace with a couple of mistakes. Yet he came back strong with some power drives and mammoth long putts to edge his first round score of two under par to three under overall.

The man McIlroy and everyone else was chasing was reigning champion, Jordan Spieth. The first round leader soon converted his first round six under to eight under, before three putts in the fifth undid his early hard work. Spieth never recovered and finished on four under, just one ahead of McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy was in fine form on Friday. Photo: Sky Sports
Rory McIlroy was in fine form on Friday. Photo: Sky Sports

Low day for Day and Lowry

The world number two was certainly not the only man to suffer during Friday's play. Shane Lowry opened with two bogeys and finished his round at four over to take him back to even for the tournament. 

Even the world's finest, Jason Day, could not muster a successful round, explaining that 'it was hard...the back side is tricky once the wind comes in', as he stumbled to one over par for the competition. The likes of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Soren Kjeldsen all dropped shots as they slithered away from the leaders.

First round surprise package Danny Lee also dropped two shots on his second round but remains in contention at two under, joined by Scott Piercy who shot an even round to keep a consistent tournament going.

Bryson De Champion or De Chump?

Rory McIlory had a great day but the round was arguably going to belong to amateur Bryson DeChambeau. The young American is playing in his last tournament before turning professional and proved he has a bright career ahead of him with a round of three under par until the last hole.

With the lead in sight, DeChambeau lost his ball off the tee, ending level for the day and competition. Though he still certainly has a chance of finishing in the top ten, which would make him the first amateur to do so since 1962.