Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Former world number one Dustin Johnson, South African debutant Jason Harding and Xander Schauffele were alongside Woods on six under, Schauffele carding the lowest score of the week with a superb 65.

Woods would go on to birdie the hole, so the effect of the slide wasn't immediate.

The guard clipped Woods' foot and ankle, leaving Woods hopping away in pain before making his way to the green - where he pulled off a long putt to ice a truly remarkable birdie.

McIlroy got his round under way with a flawless drive and an approach to 25 feet but left his birdie putt inches short and then strangely opted to hit a three wood off the tee on the par-five second.

"I was moping a little bit in the bath, and Ellie said, "It's the Masters, you need to suck it up". "Accidents happen, and we move on". "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff". The Italian played a bogey-free round, finishing with a 67.

Dustin Johnson (70) and Justin Harding (69) were a shot behind at 6-under, alongside four-time Masters victor Woods, who is sitting ominously just behind the leaders as he hunts a first major since the 2008 US Open.

U.S. left-hander Phil Mickelson, who at 48 would become the oldest major champion in golf history with a win, shot 73 in his 100th career Masters round to stand three off the lead.

That left him just shy of the biggest co-leader pack ever after 36 holes at the Masters, the five one more than in 2017 and 1973 - each time the eventual victor coming from the top foursome.

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But he feels he's getting closer.

At the par-5 15th, Woods curled in a 30-footer for birdie, punctuated with a right fist pump to put himself one stroke off the lead.

Woods was attempting to reach the 14th green with his second shot on Friday (Saturday NZ time) when the incident happened after the security staffer lost his footing. "I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing".

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A birdie on the 10th was immediately cancelled out on the next and another bogey looked on the cards after his drive on the 13th clipped a tree - but after pitching out on to the fairway McIlroy hit his approach to 13 feet and holed for birdie.

Mickelson stumbled to a 73 but still was only three shots behind. "I know I can play this golf course, just this week I have not played it well enough". Bryson DeChambeau, who shared the 18-hole lead with Koepka, went bogey-double bogey around the turn and shot 75.

Justin Hading, who surged to the top of the leaderboard for much of Round 1, was still in the hunt at six-under par.

The Queenslander, who received medical treatment on course beside the second hole on Thursday, came out firing on Friday with a round of 5-under par, rocketing him to seven under.

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