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The Masters: Hot breakfast had Yang fired up

The dietary habits of top class sportsmen may have changed over the years, but when you’ve got to eat, you’ve got to ea

And for Y.E. Yang at breakfast time yesterday, a cupboard that resembled Old Mother Hubbard’s meant that he went into the second day of play at the Masters with a belly-full of curry and rice.

It certainly didn’t hamper the Korean and his start was as hot as his morning meal, firing through the front nine with a two-under 34, but a poor putt on 10 took the spice out of his play and was left with level par and at the time, a share of fourth place.

“My confidence was a bit dwindling (after the putt on 10),” said Yang. “I couldn't gauge distances. The 10th hole cost me a lot today.”

Birdies at two, three, four and eight saw Yang take the early lead away from Alvaro Quiros and Rory McIlroy. But back-to-back bogeys on nine and 10 hampered his progress.

“I am a little disappointed compared to yesterday,” said Yang, who shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday. “But there is a lot of golf left.”

A poor drive on the 17th, similar to that the previous day sparked fears he would spiral down the leaderboard and when asked if his three-putt on the |par-3 16th affected his concentration on the next he said: “I don't think it affected me psychologically. I have had stiffness in my left shoulder that makes it tough toward the end of the round.”

Meanwhile, Zach Johnson may be a fan of the par-five 13th hole but it reaped a bogey for the American on his way to a second-round 73.

Johnson shot the same score on Thursday and stands close to failing to make the cut.

To carry on into the weekend players have to finish among the top 44 scores and ties or be within 10 shots of the lead.

“I just didn't putt well. I missed four putts inside eight feet,” he sighed.

“The pine placements were tough, tougher than in the first round.

“But the fairways are pretty generous out there and you had chances to play well. But I just didn't play well.”

Belfast Telegraph