There are 39 players still to finish their second rounds as rain stops play at Augusta National

After a brief weather delay, play resumed only to be halted again with 39 players still on the course with play suspended for the day as wet and wind brought trees down at August National.

Even though nearly half the field has to finish their second round, there are still plenty of talking points to go through. Weather dependent, the second round will resume at 8am (EST) on Saturday.

Koepka finds form

Currently with a three shot lead and a Friday where he could capitalise on the fairer weather conditions, Brooks Koepka looks like the one to beat. With total ease and control, Koepka shot a bogey-less second round 67.

Jon Rahm is three shots further back but still has nine holes to complete from his second round.

Koepka is feeling confident heading into the weekend:

"I feel really good. I like the way I'm swinging the golf club, putting it, chipping it, driving it, iron play is solid. It feels really similar [to his previous major success]. Didn't really do too much wrong."

On the recovery from his knee injury:

"Probably towards the end of last year, I felt it was coming. It wasn't exactly all the way there. Probably, I'd say January I knew I was back. I knew everything was right where it needed to be strength-wise, mobility-wise and being able to do things with the golf swing."

Amateur Bennett believes he can win

Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Sam Bennett is in third place at eight-under-par after two rounds of 68 at Augusta National with just one bogey across his first 36 holes.

Inspired by his father Mark who died from Alzheimer's in 2021, with the final words his Dad wrote 'Don't wait to do something' tattooed to his left forearm, Bennett is ready for the challenge.

"This is right where I want to be. I like where I stand. I think I can win. I sit here with a chance to do something special. I know that my good golf is good enough.

"I love pressure. I love nerves. I try to use them to my advantage. I feel like I am experienced. I know it's The Masters and it's a bigger stage but I have played in front of a lot of people.

"I love playing when a lot is on the line. What do they say? 'Anything can happen on the weekend out here'.

If Bennett were to win on Sunday, he would become the first amateur champion of a men's major since Johnny Goodman at the 1933 U.S. Open.

McIlroy likely to miss the cut

Unfortunately, a lacklustre 77 on Friday means that Rory McIlroy's dream of landing an elusive Masters title to complete the Grand Slam is over for another year.

Although the second round is still to be completed, at five-over-par, with a projected cut line of two-over (top 50 and ties) it's highly likely the Northern Irishman won't see any weekend action.

Lyle has to wait for his farewell

As the second weather warning stopped play, Sandy Lyle had just played a sublime chip shot on 18 to give himself potentially one putt to complete his round and head into retirement.

Whilst officials spoke to players on the green, they did not allow Lyle to have his moment of glory. Whether he returns to make that final putt remains to be seen.

Trees down

Potentially the biggest talking point came around the same time as patrons and players narrowly avoided serious injury as three trees came down after the weather hooter was sounded.

Videos shared across social media, showed just how dangerous the situation was and ground staff will be working through the night to clear up debris whilst also ensuring that other trees won't come down.

The weather is looking very bad for Saturday, so it remains to be seen whether any golf will be played. We'll keep you posted.

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