No player from Austria has won a major championship on the PGA/European Tour, but Bernd Wiesberger is in contention at the 2021 Masters through his first two rounds at Augusta National. He was +30000 to win the green jacket entering play Thursday and +20000 following a first-round 2-over 74 that included five bogeys and no birdies on the back-nine. However, Wiesberger rallied big time on Friday with a 6-under 66 and is +3300 to win on the live odds to win at William Hill Sportsbook.
This story is being written with second-round play ongoing – thus odds to win will be constantly changing -- and still some players yet tee off at Augusta, but Wiesberger is tied for the lead at 4 under with Aussie Marc Leishman and first-round leader Justin Rose of England – Rose started Friday at 7 under.
Wiesberger's second round could have been even better, but he badly overhit an eagle putt on No. 15 into the water. He would then make a par putt, though, from the same spot. His lone bogey was on the par-3 12th – he also bogeyed it Thursday.
This is Wiesberger's sixth Masters appearance and he has never missed a cut – but also had never shot under 70 until Friday. He was 58th back in November and has a best result of T22 in 2015. He has played eight events on the PGA Tour this season with his lone Top 10 at the RSM Classic (T4) the week after the 2020 Masters. That remains his lone Top 5 in his PGA Tour career. His best finish in a major was a T16 at the 2017 U.S. Open.
The 35-year-old is probably the best male golfer in Austrian history with seven victories in seven different countries on the European Tour – he won three times in 2019, once in Italy, once in Denmark and once in Scotland.
As of this writing, Jordan Spieth is the +700 Masters favorite – he's at 2 under and about halfway through his second round. Spieth shot a 1-under 71 to finish the first round T8. It was the fifth time in Spieth's Masters career that he finished inside the Top 12 after the first round. Each of the previous four times, he either won or finished in the Top 3.
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