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‘Maybe when I was drinking.’ Three things from the Masters on Friday

Friday at the 2019 Masters

The Masters wrapped up the second round of its 2019 tournament on Friday in Augusta.
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The Masters wrapped up the second round of its 2019 tournament on Friday in Augusta.

Zach Johnson made all the amateur golfers in the world feel a little bit better with a gaffe on the 13th tee Friday at the Masters.

Johnson, the affable 2007 Masters champion, was taking a practice swing when he accidentally nicked his ball, sending it careening off the tee marker and back into the tee box. His short, R-rated reaction was picked up by television cameras.

“Shoot, they got that?” Johnson said after his round. “Yeah, that was a good one there. That’s a first. I thought I had done it all, but now I know I’ve done it all. Oh well, maybe it’s a fine. I mean I was, I was caught off guard. I actually hit a really good tee shot after that, so I think I recovered nicely.”

The accidental stroke is not a penalty.

Aiken native Kevin Kisner said he’d never done that in a competitive round.

“Maybe when I was drinking,” he said.

Jason Day’s long days

Jason Day first two days at the Masters were no joke, but he couldn’t help laughing at himself after the second round Friday.

The 31-year-old Australian was tied for the lead at 7-under when play was stopped Friday at 5:14 p.m. despite struggling with a back injury in the first two rounds. When Day was asked how he addresses his lingering back problems, he couldn’t help but laugh at himself.

“This is going to sound really weird,” he began. “I have to get my ribcage back in position. I blow into balloons in certain positions to try and get my ribcage down. This is very new to me, actually. It sounds very insane when you’re sitting there. I flew down to Florida this last week, and I met my trainer, and we’re in the pilot’s lounge and there’s two pilots, you know, sitting next to me ‑‑ or I’m laying on the ground and they are sitting there, and I’m blowing these balloons up. And as you let the balloons go, it sounds like you’ve let one go, right? So every 30 seconds, I would be letting the balloons out, and these guys are looking at me very strange. I’m just doing whatever I can to feel good. So if blowing in balloons is what I need to do to feel good, then I will do it all day long.”

Does Spieth have a shot?

It’s been a tough year for Jordan Spieth, but after three birdies on the back nine Friday, he might be turning things around. He is 1-under for the tournament.

“I felt like the first round was kind of where I was on the weekend last week, and then I thought today was a bit better,” Spieth said. “I think it’s getting really close to being in full control and able to have kind of the ball striking like today on a regular basis if not better. So I feel really good about today’s round and what you’re saying as far as some momentum going forward, just on my progression. I mean as far as this tournament, I’m six back, if I can somehow cut it to three by Sunday, then I feel like I have a legitimate chance.”

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