Couples with an early Masters run in 2nd round

It was undoubtedly a round to forget for Willett but he did finish it off during his eighth shot, finishing with quadruple-bogey, meaning he is now five over par for the tournament.

One of the joys of The Masters is the familiarity of the golf track.

Hoffman could only add a 75 to his brilliant opening 65, with the last of his five bogeys in six holes allowing Garcia to briefly move into the outright lead.

The 2013 US Open victor has been drawn in the 16th group to tee off with the US' Brandt Snedeker and another player who like Rose has finished tied for second place at Augusta, Australia's Jason Day. Willett ended his day on a sour note, three-jacking at the hard par-4 18th.

While last year's runner-up Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Paul Casey are the Masters old hands, it is Willett who has become the standard-bearer for a new generation.

His wife, Nicole, was due to give birth to their first son during the Masters weekend, but Zachariah arrived early, allowing Willett to make history.

The Harleyford Golf Club member has risen from No.121 to No.15 in the world in the last 12 months following a string of consistent performances and his first European Tour title, the Alfred Dunhill Links title at St Andrews.

Mets RHP Seth Lugo has torn elbow ligament, surgery possible
Lugo joins fellow Mets pitcher Steven Matz on the DL and both will presumably miss a good portion of the first half of the season. Lugo made three appearances in the WBC for Team Puerto Rico and even started in the championship game against the United States.

On the golf course, where it matters, Willett has reached the end of a 12-month cycle he may be glad to see the back of, just as Jordan Spieth, who imploded on the back nine of his Sunday round last year, has said he wants to get past this year's tournament to return to normality. He looked back at his yardage books and said Tuesday that additional rounds illuminate certain areas on the course that must be avoided.

"Obviously I knew the surgery was Friday at that Match Play event", he said.

Jimmy Walker, making his fourth Masters appearance, said of his 2014 debut, "I felt like I played it a hundred times just from watching on TV". You've achieved the greatest height in your game.

Willett believes last year's experience will help him this week.

"Same as today, when you hit a few good ones you don't really make the most of it", he said.

The pressure to perform to one's best is there for all, but when your best is Masters champion, that pressure can be punishingly burdensome. The son of a vicar made steady progress during his developmental years, although his former coaches seemed to initially imply that he was destined more for life as a journeyman pro rather than world beater.

"Unfortunately - well, not unfortunately, with how things went - we had a lot of things to do when we got back from Augusta and then we played a little bit more".

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