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Masters: How important is the second round?

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Golf fans seem to get all riled up about the first-round leader of the Masters, but the reality is that only one person since 1985 who has held the first-round lead has gone on to win the tournament. That person was Trevor Immelman in 2008, and he led all four rounds before donning the green jacket on Sunday evening.

So if Round 1 isn't super important (though you usually can't shoot a 76 and win), how important is the second round?

Here's a complete list of your second-round leaders since 2001 and where they finished at the end of the tournament:

2012: Fred Couples -- T12, Jason Dufner - T24
2011: Rory McIlroy -- T15
2010: Ian Poulter -- T10, Lee Westwood - 2
2009: Chad Campbell -- T1 (lost in playoff), Kenny Perry - T1 (lost in playoff)
2008: Trevor Immelman -- 1
2007: Tim Clark -- T13 , Brett Wetterich - T37
2006: Chad Campbell -- T3
2005: Chris DiMarco -- T1 (lost in playoff)
2004: Justin Rose -- T22
2003: Mike Weir -- 1
2002: Vijay Singh -- 3
2001: Chris DiMarco -- T10

A mixed bag for sure, but four times in the last 12 years the second-round leader has either made it to a playoff or won.

It should also be noted that the last three Masters winners have all shot 71 in the second round. And since 2000, only Zach Johnson (in 2007) has shot over par in the second round and gone on to win.

Is it good to have the lowest round of Day 2? If you're Tiger Woods it is. Since 2000, only Woods has had the lowest round of Round 2 and gone on to win. He did it in 2001 (with a 66) and 2005 (with a 66).

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