Branden Grace's huge turnaround in Masters second round

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After opening the 78th Masters with a 12-over 84, Branden Grace bounced back with a 3-under 69 on Friday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 | 1:45 p.m.

South Africa's Branden Grace tied for 18th in his first Masters start a year ago.

Because of that, the 25-year-old, four-time European Tour winner should have had some confidence this week as he made his second Masters appearance.

Whatever confidence there was probably vanished for Grace after a nightmare round of 12-over 84 on Thursday -- the highest score recorded in the first round.

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What a difference a day makes, though. On Friday, Grace was an entirely different player. He had an amazing 15-shot turnaround, bouncing back from Thursday's 84 with a 3-under 69 in the second round.

At 9 over total, Grace will most likely miss the cut at this Masters, but it doesn't make his one-day turnaround any less remarkable.

On Friday, Grace recorded four birdies and just one bogey compared to Thursday's one birdie, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.

Believe it or not, Grace's 15-shot turnaround isn't the most in Masters history. That distinction belongs to Craig Wood, who was 21 shots better from round one to round two, with scores of 88-67 in 1936.

Wood went on to win the 1941 Masters and U.S. Open. We'll see what the Golf Gods have in store for Grace going forward.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.