AUGUSTA, Ga. — Corbin Mills finished his second day at the Masters with a 155 total (74-81). However, he did not make the cut for Saturday.
For the two rounds, Mills was a combined plus-two for the four toughest holes on the course. Mills played the first hole in one-over-par and it is rated as the toughest hole on the course. He was also plus-one on the 11th hole, even on the fourth and 18th holes.
Mills averaged 269.75 yards per drive for the two rounds, hit 18 of 28 fairways and hit 19 of 36 greens in regulation. Greens in regulation tell the most about a player’s score and that was the case with Mills. He hit 13 of 18 greens on Thursday when he shot a 74 and just six of 18 on Friday.
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Mills did not have trouble finishing nines. He was minus-one for the eighth and ninth holes combined and minus-one for the 17th and 18th holes combined. He was plus-two for the two rounds at Amen Corner. Mills could have gotten through the three-hole stretch (11-13) at an even par had he not double bogeyed the 13th hole on Friday.
Jordan Byrd wore caddy vest No. 7 during the week, but Mills only had one seven on his scorecard for the 36 holes he played in the tournament. That came at the par five 13th hole on Friday when he had to take an unplayable lie after a tee shot found the woods. He had two double bogeys for the two rounds.
Mills’ best shot of the week came on Friday when he hit his tee shot with a pitching wedge on the 12th hole to within five feet of the hole. He then made the putt for a birdie. There are a lot of pros who would trade for that shot on Sunday afternoon.
“That had to be my best shot of the week,” Mills said. “I hit a pitching wedge and it was right on it.
“I made double bogey on the 13th hole, but when I walked up the 14th after hitting my drive (in the middle of the fairway), I said to Jordan (with a smile) at least I birdied 12. That was a shot I will remember for a long time.”
Mills did not get a break in the weather on Friday. He offered no excuses after his second round when he met with the media, saying, “I just didn’t hit it very well today.”
But, when Mills teed off early Friday morning it was 50 degrees, cloudy and winds gusting to 10-15 MPH. He shot four-over-par 40 on the front nine on Friday after shooting an even par 36 on the front nine in milder conditions on Thursday.
The sunshine finally came out when Mills was preparing to hit his tee shot on the 18th hole. Despite the cool temperatures, Mills took off his blue pull on the 14th hole and sported a Clemson orange golf shirt for the remaining holes.
Mills’ short game did not serve him well on Friday. On the par five 8th and par five 15th he was in good shape just 30 yards from the pin in two. But, he could not get up and down to make birdie.
However, Mills got up and down out of bunkers three times on Friday. He did it for the second consecutive day on the difficult seventh hole to make par. He also got up and down out of the bunker on the ninth hole and the 17th holes. His sand save percentage may end up among the best in the field after two rounds.