Brooks Koepka continues strong play at Masters

Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Network

Brooks Koepka put together his second straight strong round at the Masters with Friday’s 5-under-par 67 before stormy weather interrupted play at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

That moved Koepka to 12-under for the tournament and he’s likely going to enter the weekend with the lead.

A year ago, an injury-riddled Koepka missed the cut. Now, he’s contending to win the Masters for the first time.

“A lot of that comes from not being able to feel the way you want to feel,” Koepka said. “Luckily, we’re past that now and got everything moving the way I want to.”

Amateur Sam Bennett shot 68 to move to 8-under and in second place before play was suspended.

Collin Morikawa shot 69 and is 7-under midway through the tournament.

Golfers were called off the course shortly after 3 p.m. Play resumed about 20 minutes later, though the forecast might involve more delays.

Koepka’s lead was as big as five strokes at one point as golfers in the early wave began to finish the round.

Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Spain’s Jon Rahm, who shared the first-round lead with Koepka, had afternoon tee times.

Rahm stayed at 7-under with six consecutive pars before play was halted. Hovland dropped a stroke to 6-under through seven holes.

Koepka recorded an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. The four-time major champion also had three birdies on the par-5s during his bogey-free round.

Australia’s Jason Day moved 9-under through 14 holes before a disastrous finishing stretch. His double-bogey on No. 15 derailed his surge that had him within three shots of Koepka. He also bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18 to end up even-par for the day and 5-under for the tournament.

Sam Burns shot 1-under to go to 5-under. With one hole left to finish in the second round, Jordan Spieth was 2-under for the round and 5-under for the tournament with nine consecutive pars.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler was 1-under for the tournament through two rounds. He was 1-over on both the front side and back side Friday, hurt mostly by a double-bogey on No. 9.

Tiger Woods was even-par through nine Friday, leaving him at 2-over with the projected cut 3-over.

–Field Level Media

–Field Level Media

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