The second round of the Masters on Friday showed the world the future face of golf as 21-year old Rory Mcllroy of Northern Ireland, 22-year old Rickie Fowler of the United States and 23- year old Jason Day of Australia played together and reached the tournament’s halfway stage with a collective 23-under par.
The three, who are among the most prolific of the 33 groupings, are well positioned to win over the weekend. While Fowler is three strokes adrift, Day is in second place and Mcllroy in the lead.
Everyone agree that there is definitely great camaraderie among the three.
“I thought we were going to have a great time,” said Fowler when asked what his reaction had been when he saw the draw on Tuesday.
“You know, being able to play with guys the same age as me, guys that I’m good buddies with, and guys that can play well – and you know, we went out and did that.
“We had fun out there, chatting it up a bit up the fairways and when we had some downtime.
“Other than that, we are trying to hit it inside and make more birdies than the other guy.
“So look forward to trying to sneak up on those guys this weekend and who knows, might be playing with one of them on Sunday.”
Mcllroy may be the youngest of the three but he has the most experience in the majors. This is Mcllroy’s third appearance at Augusta National after his debut in 2009 where he tied for 20th. Their debut runs are being made by Fowler and Day at the year’s first major.
Mcllroy’s 65 was the best round of the day making him a standout on Thursday. However, it was Day’s 64 which topped last Friday’s billing.
Day said he paid attention during the opening round as to how Mcllroy charted his way around the course and tried to follow the same.
“I watched Rory shoot 7-under yesterday, and he put himself in the right positions on the course. He played the course exactly how it’s supposed to be played,” he said.
“It was a lot of fun. I said to the boys this morning, Rory and Rickie when we were walking up the first hole, I said, ’I’m going to have to start paying people to yell my name out because everyone is yelling their names out.’
“It got a bit better on the back nine which was nice. The atmosphere was great and all three of us played wonderful.”