Australian Cameron Smith produced a stellar finish to join a four-way tie at the top of a star-studded leaderboard halfway through the weather-affected second round of the Masters at Augusta National.
Smith finished off his rain-delayed first round with a five-under 67 before lighting up Augusta National’s finishing holes in his second round.
The two-time PGA Tour winner finished eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie to shoot a four-under 68 and nine-under 135 total.
Alongside him are world No.1 Dustin Johnson (70), American star Justin Thomas (69) and Smith’s International Presidents Cup teammate Abraham Ancer (67) from Mexico.
American Patrick Cantlay (66) and Korean Sungjae Im (70) are a shot further back as to are Spain’s Jon Rahm (through 12 holes) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (through 15 holes), before darkness halted play.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett (66), and his fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Justin Rose (70) were all in the clubhouse at seven under.
Also at seven under but with holes of their second round still remaining are C.T. Pan (through 16), and Louis Oosthuizen (through 12).
“I just like playing good golf and I wasn’t doing that in the middle of my second round so I vowed to try to lift my game on the way home,” Smith said.
“But I guess I played a little better than expected. That was a bit weird but most certainly welcome. I’m looking forward to testing myself against these guys over the next two days.”
Johnson, who had a 30-minute turnaround after also returning on Friday to finish his first round, began the second round on the back nine and quickly pulled away with three consecutive birdies starting at the 11th.
But the American star, looking to become the first world No.1 to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002, then made his first bogey of the week when he three-putted from 32 feet at the par-four 14th and dropped another shot at the 15th thanks to a water ball.
Smith’s fellow Australian Adam Scott was leading a charge when he found the water in front of the green 15th green during his first round.
The real twist of the knife came after he took a penalty drop and his pitch shot bounced into the flagstick, ricocheted backwards and once again ended up wet.
The resulting double bogey was a significant blow and despite a gutsy bounce back birdie on the following hole, Scott bogeyed the 18th to settle for a two-under 70. He could only shoot an even-par 72 in the second round leaving him seven off the pace.
Marc Leishman sits at four under with four holes left to play of his second round while Jason Day is even par and flirting with the cut with eight holes remaining.
Defending champion Woods is even on his second round through 10 holes to sit four under and five shots back.