By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After 10 holes on Friday, Trevor Immelman was on the front page of the Masters leaderboard and looking to continue his rise toward the leaders.
Of course, that's when he started Amen Corner.
Immelman found the water with his second shot at the par-4 11th, his 6 iron riding too much wind, and had to get up-and-down just for bogey. Then he struck what he thought was a good tee shot at the par-3 12th, only to see his ball roll back into the trap. Another bogey.
Then, he failed to birdie the par-5 13th, and thus left Amen Corner having harmed his chances at a second Green Jacket.
"I kind of went through a little funny patch there," said Immelman, the 2008 Masters champ.
He was certainly not laughing two holes later when he three-putted the par-5 15th, the easiest hole on the course. Unlike the day before when he was 3 under on the par 5s (thanks to an eagle and a birdie), Immelman was 1 over on the par 5s on Friday, failing to take advantage of Augusta’s scoring holes.
Even so, his second-round 73 (after an opening 69) leaves him at 2 under for the tournament. That at least should give him a fighting chance on the weekend.
Still, it could've -- maybe should've -- been better.
"I actually felt like I played better than yesterday," Immelman said, "and shot four shots worse. Definitely if I would have made a few more putts there, that might have got myself a little closer to the lead."