Moving day crucial for Charl

Charl Schwartzel plodded around Augusta National in 75 strokes, but despite comfortably making the plus-five cut will need a great round on moving day tomorrow if he wants to defend his Masters title.

He slipped 11 places down the leaderboard on Friday and will head into the weekend eight shots shy of leaders Jason Dufner and Fred Couples, leaving himself plenty of work on Saturday.

After a rollercoaster first round, which included four birdies and four bogeys, Schwartzel headed into round two at level-par and in a share of 29th.

He was quick out the gates on Friday, carding birdies at the second and fourth, but the rest of his day was far less productive, which showed by the time he turned at level-par.

His second loop was not much prettier and drops at the 10th and 13th set the 29-year-old back into a share of 33rd. A final drop at the 18th set him back to three-over and he will have to work hard on Saturday to move within striking distance of the leaders.

Couples showed that he still has some teeth, shooting a superb 67 to reach five-under and join Dufner at the top of the leaderboard.

Louis Oosthuizen finished at level-par for the round, but the score doesn’t tell the story of his round. The 2010 Open Champion’s first deviance from par was a shocking seven at the par-five second.

He looked like he would recover when he made birdie at the third, but bogeys at the following two holes took him to three-over for the day and it seemed as though a meltdown was on the cards.

Oosthuizen showed nerve and patience and made eight consecutive pars before his rhythm returned with a birdie at 14th. What was really impressive was not just the golf, but the mental strength he displayed in re-finding his groove, which led to further birdies at the 16th and 17th.

The Mossel Bay local will head to the weekend just one stroke off the pace, almost a polar opposite to former Masters champion Trevor Immelman, who shot 71 to sneak into the weekend on the number.

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