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The Masters 2023: Narrow gap between Rahm and leader Koepka as Woods makes cut

World number three Jon Rahm reduced Brooks Koepka’s lead at the Masters 2023 to two shots as Tiger Woods battled it to make the cut when the second round was completed.


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Rahm resumed on nine under on the 10th hole, hit three birdies but finished on 10 under.

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However, Koepka finished his round before storms ended play on Friday and are 12 under.

Tiger Woods who is a Five-time winner has never missed the Masters cut as a professional and finished three over, on the cut mark.

Among 39 men who had to finish their second rounds early on Saturday were Spain’s Rahm and American Woods who now equals Gary Player and Fred Couples’ record of 23 consecutive cuts made.

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However, the weather forecast is grim, with heavy rain all day and standing water on some greens, so the possibility of a first Monday finish since 1983 remains real.

Rahm, a major triumph came at the 2021 US Open; the second round:

“I did a good job to maintain the score I had. The key in the rain was putting tee shots on the fairway and getting some looks at birdie. It was not easy out there,” he told Sky Sports.

Rory McIlroy’s dreams are over for landing an elusive Masters title this year as he was likely to miss the cut after finishing five over on Friday.

The World number two McIlroy is a 33-year-old Northern Irishman exit at the halfway stage is confirmed.

Rahm was one of the pre-tournament favourites alongside McIlroy and defending champion Scottie Scheffler, who is one under after 36 holes.

The first round saw Rahm share the lead with Koepk, one of 18 golfers from the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Tour competing at Augusta with the Norway Viktor Hovland on seven under.

Woods as a 20-year-old amateur in 1996 was perilously close to missing the cut, having only done that once after closing his round with back-to-back bogeys.

While the 15-time major champion survived, his great friend Justin Thomas will not play the rest of the weekend after three bogeys in his final four holes saw him finish four over.

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The third round is scheduled to start on Saturday.

Breaking News: The Masters has been suspended for the rest of the day


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