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Paul McGinley reflects on a second day of tough conditions at Augusta National and highlights the importance of bouncing back from inevitable mistakes at the Masters. Seth Curry Jersey . The most impressive thing for me about Rory McIlroys second round was his mental resilience. It was a war of attrition out there, and this years Masters is a very different test to 12 months ago.Last year turned into a shoot-out and we saw record scoring, birdies and eagles all over the place. The conditions were benign, and the course played softer than in previous years.But this week, the wind has got up and its gusting to 20mph, and the course is playing so much more difficult as a result because its much firmer and faster. Everybody is making bogeys, you cant get round Augusta without a couple of mistakes in these conditions. Rory McIlroy showed great mental resilience and birdied three of the last six holes So its a real test of resilience and your ability to bounce back from the bogeys and double-bogeys that every player in the field cannot avoid. Earlier in the week, I spoke about the importance of knowing when to attack and when to hold back. But when Augusta is playing this tough, finding that balance becomes even more vital as every mistake is accentuated.You can still attack 13 and 15 if you get a good drive away, and theres a few holes playing downwind. Players are going into the ninth with wedges, and 14, 17 and 18 are also playing reasonably short.But the first, fourth and fifth have been particularly brutal, and you can go through the whole course and find dangers. You have to accept you are not going to make many birdies, and the chances of making more bogeys than birdies are greater. McIlroy was able to bounce back from his double-bogey at the fourth Theres been a lot of talk about making courses longer because of how far the professionals are hitting it these days - putting a new tee in to lengthen the 13th here has been widely mentioned.But the biggest test for the pros is not length, it is getting to grips with firm greens and fairways. And when you add a swirling breeze like weve had here for two days, those three factors have combined to have a huge effect on the scoring. Thats why only seven players are under par after 36 holes.Rorys second round was all the more impressive considering the conditions and the overall scoring, and his 71 was the joint low round of the day and one of only four sub-par scores. The 13th at Augusta can still be attacked Arnold Palmer once said: The greatest gift you need mentally in this game is the ability to forget. Thats what Rory McIlroy did today. He was two over for his round after a bogey at 11, but he had the mental strength to bounce back with three birdies coming in.When Augusta is like this, you have to accept youre going to make bogeys and you need to go to the next tee with a clear head. Its a lot easier said than done, but having that ability is what separates the great players from the rest.With Rory playing with Jordan Spieth in the final group on Saturday were in for a great weekend, and we could see the course playing a little easier if the forecast is right. The wind is predicted to drop a little, and I would expect the set-up to be friendlier on Sunday in particular. They will probably soften the greens a little and choose pin positions that will yield more birdies and eagles, especially on the back nine. That will create atmosphere and the opportunity for someone to come out of the field and make a run.We should see some more aggressive golf this weekend, and you can catch all the action with myself, Ewen, Butch, Monty, Boxy and Rich Beem on Sky Sports. Also See: McIlroy: Best position in years Monty: Rory the favourite Steve Nash Jersey . -- Canadian ski cross star Marielle Thompson accomplished two goals in one race Saturday. Devin Harris Jersey . Although the deal cannot be made official until the free agent moratorium period is lifted on July 10, Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $18 million extension to remain in Toronto, sources confirm to TSN. http://www.nbamavericksauthority.com/yog...rsey-c-20/ .Y. - The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.PORTLAND, Ore. - Wesley Matthews got a chance to practice his bow-and-arrow 3-point celebration on Sunday night.Matthews made six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 101-79 victory over the short-handed New York Knicks.Matthews, around when the Blazers perfected the so-called 3 Goggles some four years ago, and then toyed with the 3 Holster gesture, now punctuates his 3-pointers by shooing an imaginary arrow.Matthews, who leads the NBA with 106 3-pointers this season, made five 3s in the first half against the Knicks. Teammate Nicolas Batum had five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.The Blazers went 16 for 36 from long range on the night. They have made at least 10 3s in five of their last six games.Its contagious. It was just a good vibe from the jump, Matthews said. I think I missed the first one, but then Nic hit one, Damian (Lillard) hit one and I think the floodgates really opened.It was the eighth straight loss for the Knicks, who had just nine available players to start the game, and then lost Carmelo Anthony for the second half because of a sore left knee.Cole Aldrich had 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for New York, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points.Portland, which led by as many as 27 points, has won eight of its last nine games. The Blazers are 25-7 and have the most wins in the NBA.But Portland was again without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who has missed three of the last four games with an upper respiratory illness, including the Blazers 114-93 victory over Philadelphia on Friday.The Knicks were without J.R. Smith, who is having ongoing issues with his left heel. Samuel Dalembert was sidelined by a sprained right ankle, and Amare Stoudemire missed the game with a sore right knee.To make matters worse, Anthony, who missed two games earlier this season because of his knee, did not return for the second half. Anthony had 36 points in a 135-129 overtime loss at Sacramento onn Saturday night. Jose Juan Barea Jersey. The high-scoring forward had 13 points in the first half, but grimaced at times in pain.Tonight it feels like fatigue, and not getting a chance to recover from last night, Anthony said. I felt this before the game, but I looked around the locker room and we have seven or eight guys ready to go — I really didnt have a choice but to go out there and attempt to play and see how much I could take.Batum hit a 3 to extend Portlands lead to 50-32 in the second. At that moment of the game, 30 of Portlands points were from 3-pointers by either Matthews or Batum.TIP-INSKnicks: It was the eighth of 20 back-to-backs for the Knicks this season. Among those, the Knicks have won just one of the second games. ... Aldrichs previous career high for rebounds was 13.Blazers: C Chris Kaman was back on the floor a day after he and his wife Emilie welcomed baby Barrett Christopher Kaman, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. ... Portland has won 14 of its first 15 games against Eastern Conference foes.BRITISH BULLDOGJoel Freeland had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. The British Olympian has been playing more at centre while Robin Lopez recovers from a broken hand.Joel has just been solid, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. He does what he does well, he plays very hard. He plays his minutes hard.SHELVING MELO?Knicks coach Derek Fisher was asked about sitting Anthony for an extended period to address the sore knee.Carmelo is Carmelo. We dont necessarily make decisions for him, Fisher said. Hes part of the conversation. So we have opinions that weve expressed to him. We talk about different things, but really it is a decision that he has to also want to make for himself and his career. Hes also conferenced about the team and his teammates, and so well continue to find a right balance of it all.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.Trail Blazers: Host Toronto on Tuesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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