Ex-Rocky golfer in 2nd place at Masters

FORMER Rockhampton golfer Jason Day came within one shot of the course record to vault into second place after his second round at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

Day reeled off eight birdies in a magnificent eight-under 64 in relatively benign conditions at Augusta National.

Day, a former Capricorn Country Club junior, is at eight-under 134, two strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy, with whom he played.

Northern Irishman McIlroy carded 69 for 10-under.

Another Australian, Geoff Ogilvy, is very much in the hunt at six-under.

Ogilvy made a horrible start with a double bogey at the par-five second, where he four-putted, but he recovered nicely.

But three birdies in the final seven holes lifted him to a three-under-par 69.

"I had a pretty rough start there but no-one is going to go 72 holes without doing something like that," Ogilvy said after posting a six-under 138 halfway total.

"I knew I was playing well, so I just set out to go about my business. I was lot less worried about that than I might have been in a regular tournament, because you know things like that are going to happen around here."

Ogilvy has a solid record in five previous appearances at Augusta, but has never contended.

"This is the first time I've come here really happy with how I was playing," he continued.

"I'm really content with my preparation. I'm getting more of a handle on how to balance life and tour golf."

Ogilvy was even par for the day through 11 holes, before making his move with a birdie from inside three metres at the par-three 12th.

He picked up another shot with a three-metre birdie at the par-five 13th. He also birdied the par-five 15th from five metres after deciding to lay up with his second shot.

Australian Adam Scott carded 70 for two-under 142, while Stuart Appleby, at three-over, was destined to miss the cut.



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