A two-time winner at Augusta, Spieth – after his first PGA Tour win since 2017 last week – hit a 4-under inning to finish 5 under, while his friend Thomas hit a 5-under inning to finish 4 under. .
And after looking completely out of place on Thursday, 2020 US Open winner DeChambeau had a 67-under-5 round to finish 1 under and make the cut.
Rose, after a difficult front nine that included four bogeys, struggled to recover a tied lap and maintain her lead at the top of the standings.
The Englishman had a brilliant Thursday as others struggled, and stressed that the scale of play at the Masters can add extra pressure while playing on the history-laden course.
“I think it was just a classic day at Augusta National when you’re just a little bit out of the way,” Rose told media. “You can be a foot or two away on some occasions and you end up having a hard time.
“I think maybe from the bottom yesterday it starts to feel quite different pretty quickly. But again I kinda thought going up the 8th hole you are leading the Masters, your frame of reference. is a little different than Yesterday. Four ahead is something, but you’re still in the lead, so take advantage and keep going.
“I was able to do that. I felt like the turn for me, a good two putt on No 9 just to stop the rot and just feel like I could step on the back nine and try to build. something fresh. and something new. Actually, I started playing pretty well from that point on. “
And Rose will be happy to have reclaimed the back nine with Spieth looking to be somewhere near her best.
Although he later admitted that he was not 100% as confident as when he won the Masters twice, elements of his unerring consistency crept in, causing his components to shake.
“I came by thinking that (I could win the Masters),” Spieth told media at his post-round press conference.
“I am now able to think this for sure, but halfway through I would have been happy to be back, if that’s where I am, especially after last week. For me, I think less is more and rest is key, but I’m certainly happy that the golf course has the opportunity to play harder and harder this weekend.
“I think personally I’m looking forward to this kind of challenge, and I think it could be an advantage for me if I control the ball.”
With just two days to go, Rose will need to be at her best calm with these big names breathing down her neck.
It wasn’t that easy for some of the other big names in the draw.
Three bogeys on the last four holes cost Johnson, who was looking to become the fourth player to win back-to-back Masters titles.
He was joined in an early exit by Rory McIlroy, who missed the cup at Augusta for the first time since 2010, along with big winners Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day.
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