Brendan Steele mustered a one-over-par 73 Friday to claim a spot in weekend play at Augusta for the first time. He played the Masters only once previously, in 2012, but missed the cut. This time around, he collected two birdies against three bogeys in second-round play.
Brendan goes into the weekend in a tie for 18th place, 7 shots off the lead.
The Idyllwild native's second round was rather extraordinary. From the limited stats available, it appears that his drives found 71 percent of the fairways, but he hit only 55 percent of the greens in regulation, and he missed putts of 5 feet and 6 feet for bogeys.
However, he drained putts of 10, 12, 12, 14 and 21 feet to save pars, and added putts of 9 and 33 feet for his two birdies, the latter coming at the 18th hole.