IT was a pretty sensational day at the US Masters from the sublime of Jordan Spieth to the ridiculous Ernie Els.
Spieth continued where he left off last year with a super 66 to lead by two and is now clear 15-8 favourite at Betway.
My main antepost pick Jason Day looked well placed at five under after the first nine but fell apart going home and finished level. He needs to make inroads into that six-shot deficit today to have any chance.
Two of Ace’s selections are under par – Justin Rose (-3) and Hideki Matsuyama (-1) – but Rickie Fowler is heading home early after an 80 that included two double bogeys and a triple.
But no one suffered more than Els who five-putted from three feet at the 1st for an ugly 9 that was initially reported as a 10. If you haven’t watch it have a look and you still won’t know how he did it.
I posted a mythical twoball fourfold that won at 8-1 yesterday and I’ve got another at 7-1 – including two of the same bets.
Here are Ace Venturer’s thoughts and tips for day 2.
He says: “It was a great day overall for the Europeans with six in the top eight but there is still a long way to go. Shane Lowry had a near flawless round and then the dreaded par three 12th reared its ugly head and he dropped a shot.
“In the threeball today Lowry (bet365, 11-8) looks good enough to see off Angel Cabrera and JB Holmes. Louis Oosthuizen had an up and down round and finished level par but should shoot lower today.
“The other member of the trio, Jason Dufner, had three bogeys in the first five and struggle the rest of the day, finishing with a double bogey. Oosthuizen (Betfair, 7-5) looks the one for this trio and I expect him to climb the leaderboard today.
“Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (Ladbrokes, 4-5) looks like he’s got enough to see off Vaughn Taylor and Sandy Lyle.”
Ace’s Threeball Singles
Mr Fixit’s Mythical Twoballs
Oosthuizen to beat Reed (5.44pm)
Spieth to beat Casey (5.55pm)
Mickelson to beat Stenson (6.39pm)
McIlroy to beat Haas (6.05pm)