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Conners can conquer Morikawa in Saturday Masters Two Ball Acca.
Round two of the 85th Edition of the US Masters is in the bag and with Augusta for the most part bearing its teeth so far we have a fascinating weekend ahead of us.
Top of the pile through two rounds is Englishman Justin Rose on 7-under par but with 20 others joining him including Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, we’ve got a fascinating ‘moving day’ ahead of us.
Let’s see if we can pick out some value in today’s two-ball pairings.
PGA Champion Collin Morikawa and Corey Conners tee off at 18.10 UK Time and I’m willing to take a chance on the outsider Conners here.
Morikawa’s pedigree is there for us all to see, however he is yet to show that Augusta is really the track for him. Friday’s round of 69 was the first time he had broken 70 here in six attempts. Conners conversely, now has three sub 70 efforts in his last six rounds at Augusta.
The Canadian struggled with the driver on day one, hitting only eight fairways but improved dramatically on Friday to find all 14 fairways, so he looks to be in a groove with his long game.
Morikawa has been steady from tee-to-green but Conners has been in better form coming in to the week, posting three top 15 finishes in his last three stroke-play starts. With the pair having matched each other for the first two days, he looks worth risking at decent odds against.
Teeing off at 18.30 we find Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama and it’s Schauffele who gets the nod.
I talked about Schauffele’s superb Major Championship record when putting him up in the first round leader market and while he unfortunately failed to deliver for us, he appears to be turning up to the party at a big event again.
Friday saw Schauffele find 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. With his putter also improving from a poor day one – the signs look encouraging for the weekend.
Schauffele is winless now for just over two years but continues to put himself in winning positions. Matsuyama has really struggled to get in the thick of things since his last success in 2017. Friday’s up and down round of 71 hinted at more of the same to come.
At 19.00 we have the pairing of Jordan Spieth and Bernd Wiesberger and I feel Spieth is a must to boost our acca.
Wiesberger is no mug of course and having made the cut on all five of his previous visits to Augusta and it is no surprise to see him playing solidly again. In Spieth though we have the Augusta specialist, who arrived on the crest of a wave after his win last Sunday in Texas. Everything points to him being the man to beat come the back nine on Sunday.
The Austrian owes his position on the leaderboard largely to a storming front nine on Friday and having stalled somewhat on the back nine, he could struggle to make further headway today.
To wrap things up I will take the Augusta experience of Marc Leishman to get the better of Brian Harman when they tee off at 19.10.
Leishman flew out of the blocks on Thursday birdieing four of his first six holes before giving them all back again on his way to a 72. Friday however saw him get back on track with a 67 putting him right in the hunt at the halfway stage.
Harman has opened with two rounds of 69 and having posted top five finishes in his last two starts he is clearly flying high at the moment.
As we know though, Augusta is a course where experience is hugely important and I am happy to take the Aussie’s far superior course form and experience to trump current form on a day when the breezes are expected to pick up.
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