AUGUSTA, Ga. – Chasing a first Green Jacket is obviously tough. It is tougher if you start slower than you would have liked.

But a handful of big-name players clawed their way into contention on Friday, as tough scoring conditions presented themselves.

While 2015 winner Jordan Spieth came back to the pack, plenty who want to join him at the Champions Dinner, like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, made their moves.

McIlroy – chasing the career Grand Slam – added a 1-under 71 to his 69 opener to sit 4 under and tied fourth.

Johnson – the world No. 1 – birdied three of his last 11 holes to put up a 68 and move to 3 under and into sixth place.

Thomas – the FedExCup leader – produced a sublime 67 to rebound all the way to sixth place and will start six back Saturday.

Fowler couldn’t buy a putt for most of the day, but scratched out a 72 all the same to stay 2 under.

Rose – the runner up on two occasions – used a 70 to creep up on things and also sit 2 under.

They might not be leading the way – Patrick Reed dominated Friday to post in the clubhouse at 9 under – but they are close enough.

“Being up there around the lead going into the weekend, it’s a good position to be in,” McIlroy said.

“But I think I’m happier with how I’ve felt and how I’ve handled certain things and how my thought process has been. That’s been a pleasing thing.”

McIlroy was referencing his experience. In the past he felt the need to play aggressive almost always. Now he knows – especially on tough days – to bide his time.

And with heavy rain and possible high winds due Saturday, there is going to be plenty of grinding to come.
<div class=”native-ad-marker”> “With the amount of times that I’ve been in contention or around the lead whether it be a regular PGA TOUR event or a major … every experience that you have in that arena in those situations, you learn a little bit from it each time,” he explained.</div>
“Sometimes pars might be a little bit boring and you might feel as if you want to get a little bit more out of your round, but as you look up the leaderboard and you’re still there around the lead, that’s taken awhile for me to adjust to.

“When I first came out here on TOUR, I thought all these guys birdied every hole and you just had to hit unbelievable shot after unbelievable shot and hold the putt afterwards. It’s not quite like that.”

Thomas can make it two majors in a row with a big weekend and further solidify his spot at the top of the FedExCup.

His goal was to find his name on the iconic Augusta scoreboards on Friday and his six birdie, one bogey effort allowed it.

“You always want to see your name on that big board, because that means you’re doing something right, and I was glad to see I got thrown up there later in the day,” he said.

Fowler spent energy not getting annoyed with the plethora of putts that wouldn’t drop for him – instead believing his luck may change on the weekend.

He three-putted the 13th, 15th and 16th holes coming home.

“I’m happy where we’re at after two rounds,” he said.

“Definitely looking forward to the weekend and the putts are definitely due to fall.”

Johnson signaled his intentions early with an eagle on the par-5 second and although he was forced to grind through the middle of the round he stepped up when it counted with a couple of late birdies on 13 and 18.

The last world No. 1 to win the Masters was Tiger Woods in 2002.

In all there are eight major champions with 14 majors between them within seven shots of Reed’s lead. But only Bubba Watson (seven back) has won at Augusta.

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Cypress Lakes Thursday night golf league

starts this Thursday April 12, 2018.


Must be signed up (with $25 registration fee paid)

by this Sunday April 8, 2018.


(members and non-members)


– $25 entry fee (covers prizes and food on 5/31/18)

– Runs every Thursday (8 weeks) 4/12/18 – 5/31/18

– Tee times between 4:30 – 6:30

– Price per/wk (members $8, non-members $15 special league rate)

-9 hole match play – handicap 1 point per hole (total 9 points)

– Everyone will have a handicap

– Play to net double (women must play men’s par and handicap)

– Flighted. You will be playing vs opponent of your ability.


Call pro shop for more information

and to sign up (910)483-0359


Please join us in celebrating

the life of Bill Perry!

Saturday April 7, 2018

at 5:00 pm.

Cypress Lakes Golf Course outdoor pavilion

We welcome everyone to join us in saying goodbye, eat, visit and tell their best “OBP” stories in celebration of his life.

Dress: Golf course attire.

It is an outdoor pavilion so please dress warmly

Does anyone know this dog?

Found on #14

Pit Bull mix red shock collar.

Call pro shop 910-483-0359



Thursday Night Golf League information meeting


6:00 pm

at the Cypress Lakes pavilion

Hope to see everyone there!!!


All proceeds benefit this great organization.


Cypress Lakes Golf Course

Spring Golf League


****Information Meeting****

-This Thursday March 29th 2018 at 6:00 pm,

under the pavilion.

-Open to ANYONE (members or non-members)

interested in joining our

spring Thursday Night Golf League.

-Please share with any friends you have

that may be interested!

Celebrating Bill Perry



Bill’s memorial service will be held Saturday April 7th at 5:00 pm

at the Cypress Lakes Golf Course outdoor pavilion.

We will have a golf cart processional to the 11th hole to spread his ashes,

then we welcome everyone back to the pavilion to eat, visit and share their best “OBP” stories

in celebration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to the

SECU Family House at UNC Hospital

or your favorite charity.


Winter Maintenance

Working on the bunkers on #8











Member Night

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

5:30 shotgun

9 HOLE Fun Event

Golf * Food * Prizes

$20 pp

Sign up now – deadline 3/15/18