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People watch the Intel Extreme Masters 2018 World Championships esports match of StarCraft II n Katowice, Poland, March 4, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski via REUTERS
People watch the Intel Extreme Masters 2018 World Championships esports match of StarCraft II in Katowice
People watch the Intel Extreme Masters 2018 World Championships esports match of StarCraft II n Katowice, Poland, March 4, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski via REUTERS
Ten years ago, the people showing up on our doorstep were young men. Now, it’s entire families fleeing extreme political violence
One Man's Lonely Fight to Protect Refugees Fleeing Central America
Ten years ago, the people showing up on our doorstep were young men. Now, it’s entire families fleeing extreme political violence
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
Will Power can't believe 'very dangerous' Barber IndyCar restart
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
Will Power can't believe 'very dangerous' Barber IndyCar restart
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
Will Power can't believe 'very dangerous' Barber IndyCar restart
Penske's Will Power says he could not believe IndyCar restarted the race at Barber Motorsports Park under the "very dangerous" extreme weather conditions
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
Barber IndyCar race postponed to Monday due to extreme weather
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
Barber IndyCar race postponed to Monday due to extreme weather
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
Barber IndyCar race postponed to Monday due to extreme weather
IndyCar's race at Barber has been pushed back until Monday, after running just 22 laps, almost half under yellow flag conditions due to heavy rain and wind.
Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system is gone after two successive heat waves
Extreme Heatwaves Killed Half of the Great Barrier Reef's Coral in 2 Years, Study Says
Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system is gone after two successive heat waves
Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system is gone after two successive heat waves
Extreme Heatwaves Killed Half of the Great Barrier Reef's Coral in 2 Years, Study Says
Nearly half of the coral in the northern, most pristine part of the reef system is gone after two successive heat waves
As much of the country has dealt with extreme, unpredictable and outright bizarre weather this April, MLB games keep getting postponed.
MLB Dealing With Absurd Amount of Weather-Related Postponements in April
As much of the country has dealt with extreme, unpredictable and outright bizarre weather this April, MLB games keep getting postponed.
The highs and lows have become more extreme for the Cavs this season, but the general rhythms remain the same. LeBron looks immortal, the team occasionally looks like a disaster, and we're all left guessing what's next.
The Peaks and Valleys of LeBron James in Cleveland
The highs and lows have become more extreme for the Cavs this season, but the general rhythms remain the same. LeBron looks immortal, the team occasionally looks like a disaster, and we're all left guessing what's next.
The highs and lows have become more extreme for the Cavs this season, but the general rhythms remain the same. LeBron looks immortal, the team occasionally looks like a disaster, and we're all left guessing what's next.
The Peaks and Valleys of LeBron James in Cleveland
The highs and lows have become more extreme for the Cavs this season, but the general rhythms remain the same. LeBron looks immortal, the team occasionally looks like a disaster, and we're all left guessing what's next.
Colorado is facing extreme wildfire conditions this week
This Map Shows Where All the Colorado Wildfires Are Burning
Colorado is facing extreme wildfire conditions this week
Comme Yannick Noah ou Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet n'est pas du tout emballé par la nouvelle formule annoncée de la Coupe Davis, qui devrait devenir une compétition d'une semaine à partir de 2019. Pour le Français, ce projet est "extrême".
Gasquet pas motivé par la nouvelle formule de la Coupe Davis: "Ça m’étonnerait que j’y aille"
Comme Yannick Noah ou Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet n'est pas du tout emballé par la nouvelle formule annoncée de la Coupe Davis, qui devrait devenir une compétition d'une semaine à partir de 2019. Pour le Français, ce projet est "extrême".
Comme Yannick Noah ou Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet n'est pas du tout emballé par la nouvelle formule annoncée de la Coupe Davis, qui devrait devenir une compétition d'une semaine à partir de 2019. Pour le Français, ce projet est "extrême".
Gasquet pas motivé par la nouvelle formule de la Coupe Davis: "Ça m’étonnerait que j’y aille"
Comme Yannick Noah ou Lucas Pouille, Richard Gasquet n'est pas du tout emballé par la nouvelle formule annoncée de la Coupe Davis, qui devrait devenir une compétition d'une semaine à partir de 2019. Pour le Français, ce projet est "extrême".
Governing bodies around the world will this week be buried under an avalanche of paperwork. The Independent Review Panel’s report into corruption in tennis dropped yesterday, and it’s a big one, as the timescale (27 months) and budget (not far short of £20m) might suggest. We are talking about 2000 pages of closely argued research, hedged around with non-disclosure agreements, because the public release of the document is not due until next Monday. Probably only a few dozen people will see it before then. The timescale on this behemoth has been flexible, in the extreme. It was originally supposed to have been completed by the end of 2016, the year that began with a joint investigation by the BBC and the Buzzfeed website causing panic around the game via headlines about “match-fixing evidence that tennis has kept secret for years”. Tennis’s very weakness was perhaps the most convincing argument against the theory of some grand conspiracy. When you look at the shocking mess that the authorities are making of the Davis Cup rebrand, it’s hard to conceive of them orchestrating a decade-long cover-up. Still, that’s not to say that the whole problem has been efficiently dealt with. One area that is known to have attracted the attention of Adam Lewis QC – the man in charge of the IRP investigation – is the choice that tennis made in 2008 between two alternative versions of the Tennis Integrity Unit. One might be described as the “belt and braces” approach, the other as a relatively limited service. As you have probably guessed, the authorities preferred the “light-touch” option. This decision is thought to have absorbed a good deal of the IRP’s time and criticism. Indeed, this is one reason why the whole process has taken so extraordinarily long. Secret Service | Evert part of Simon Briggs' weekly column Since the precedent of a 1969 enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry, any such report is legally obliged to give the targets of its censure the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as “Maxwellisation”, because the target of that 1969 investigation was the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. In the case of the IRP, the 2008 decision on staffing and operating style has sparked a veritable paperstorm of toing and froing, delaying the publication date by many months. The case can be argued either way. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s probably true that the TIU – which now has an operating staff of 17 – should have been instituted with six investigators rather than three. But the last ten years have developed everybody’s understanding of these issues. Those who were there can justifiably claim that, even if they made a poor call, they were acting in good faith at the time. Once the basic principle has been established that tennis did not collude in hushing up corruption, such ancient history becomes of largely academic interest. The real question is “Where do we go from here?” Lleyton Hewitt was the subject of some of the report's research Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Does the IRP accept the argument – common within the game – that tennis is better off co-operating with bookmakers than trying to ban gambling altogether on lower-tier tournaments (which is where the bulk of the corruption is found)? And how does it believe that the Transition Tour – the new circuit that will replace Futures from next year – should be policed? If you mention the Buzzfeed/BBC report now to anyone in tennis, they usually make a sour face. While it was deeply researched and cleverly packaged, some of its content has turned out to be questionable – including the headline claim that a grand-slam singles champion was often associated with irregular betting patterns. When this player turned out to be Lleyton Hewitt – a one-man anomaly who forged on into his mid-30s through sheer love of the game, despite a three-digit ranking and several bionic body parts – the report’s credibility took a hit. But never mind the detail. Look at the impact. That investigation forced a major sport to throw its records open to experts like Lewis, and invest almost £20m in an open-ended debate on what has gone wrong and what should be done about it. Kudos, then, to the original reporters. With any luck, the IRP will significantly enhance tennis’s understanding of this intractable issue. Perhaps a few other sports, which have thus far escaped such close scrutiny, might even pick up some tips.
IRP tennis corruption report could provide clarity on one of sport's murkiest issues
Governing bodies around the world will this week be buried under an avalanche of paperwork. The Independent Review Panel’s report into corruption in tennis dropped yesterday, and it’s a big one, as the timescale (27 months) and budget (not far short of £20m) might suggest. We are talking about 2000 pages of closely argued research, hedged around with non-disclosure agreements, because the public release of the document is not due until next Monday. Probably only a few dozen people will see it before then. The timescale on this behemoth has been flexible, in the extreme. It was originally supposed to have been completed by the end of 2016, the year that began with a joint investigation by the BBC and the Buzzfeed website causing panic around the game via headlines about “match-fixing evidence that tennis has kept secret for years”. Tennis’s very weakness was perhaps the most convincing argument against the theory of some grand conspiracy. When you look at the shocking mess that the authorities are making of the Davis Cup rebrand, it’s hard to conceive of them orchestrating a decade-long cover-up. Still, that’s not to say that the whole problem has been efficiently dealt with. One area that is known to have attracted the attention of Adam Lewis QC – the man in charge of the IRP investigation – is the choice that tennis made in 2008 between two alternative versions of the Tennis Integrity Unit. One might be described as the “belt and braces” approach, the other as a relatively limited service. As you have probably guessed, the authorities preferred the “light-touch” option. This decision is thought to have absorbed a good deal of the IRP’s time and criticism. Indeed, this is one reason why the whole process has taken so extraordinarily long. Secret Service | Evert part of Simon Briggs' weekly column Since the precedent of a 1969 enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry, any such report is legally obliged to give the targets of its censure the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as “Maxwellisation”, because the target of that 1969 investigation was the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. In the case of the IRP, the 2008 decision on staffing and operating style has sparked a veritable paperstorm of toing and froing, delaying the publication date by many months. The case can be argued either way. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s probably true that the TIU – which now has an operating staff of 17 – should have been instituted with six investigators rather than three. But the last ten years have developed everybody’s understanding of these issues. Those who were there can justifiably claim that, even if they made a poor call, they were acting in good faith at the time. Once the basic principle has been established that tennis did not collude in hushing up corruption, such ancient history becomes of largely academic interest. The real question is “Where do we go from here?” Lleyton Hewitt was the subject of some of the report's research Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Does the IRP accept the argument – common within the game – that tennis is better off co-operating with bookmakers than trying to ban gambling altogether on lower-tier tournaments (which is where the bulk of the corruption is found)? And how does it believe that the Transition Tour – the new circuit that will replace Futures from next year – should be policed? If you mention the Buzzfeed/BBC report now to anyone in tennis, they usually make a sour face. While it was deeply researched and cleverly packaged, some of its content has turned out to be questionable – including the headline claim that a grand-slam singles champion was often associated with irregular betting patterns. When this player turned out to be Lleyton Hewitt – a one-man anomaly who forged on into his mid-30s through sheer love of the game, despite a three-digit ranking and several bionic body parts – the report’s credibility took a hit. But never mind the detail. Look at the impact. That investigation forced a major sport to throw its records open to experts like Lewis, and invest almost £20m in an open-ended debate on what has gone wrong and what should be done about it. Kudos, then, to the original reporters. With any luck, the IRP will significantly enhance tennis’s understanding of this intractable issue. Perhaps a few other sports, which have thus far escaped such close scrutiny, might even pick up some tips.
Governing bodies around the world will this week be buried under an avalanche of paperwork. The Independent Review Panel’s report into corruption in tennis dropped yesterday, and it’s a big one, as the timescale (27 months) and budget (not far short of £20m) might suggest. We are talking about 2000 pages of closely argued research, hedged around with non-disclosure agreements, because the public release of the document is not due until next Monday. Probably only a few dozen people will see it before then. The timescale on this behemoth has been flexible, in the extreme. It was originally supposed to have been completed by the end of 2016, the year that began with a joint investigation by the BBC and the Buzzfeed website causing panic around the game via headlines about “match-fixing evidence that tennis has kept secret for years”. Tennis’s very weakness was perhaps the most convincing argument against the theory of some grand conspiracy. When you look at the shocking mess that the authorities are making of the Davis Cup rebrand, it’s hard to conceive of them orchestrating a decade-long cover-up. Still, that’s not to say that the whole problem has been efficiently dealt with. One area that is known to have attracted the attention of Adam Lewis QC – the man in charge of the IRP investigation – is the choice that tennis made in 2008 between two alternative versions of the Tennis Integrity Unit. One might be described as the “belt and braces” approach, the other as a relatively limited service. As you have probably guessed, the authorities preferred the “light-touch” option. This decision is thought to have absorbed a good deal of the IRP’s time and criticism. Indeed, this is one reason why the whole process has taken so extraordinarily long. Secret Service | Evert part of Simon Briggs' weekly column Since the precedent of a 1969 enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry, any such report is legally obliged to give the targets of its censure the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as “Maxwellisation”, because the target of that 1969 investigation was the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. In the case of the IRP, the 2008 decision on staffing and operating style has sparked a veritable paperstorm of toing and froing, delaying the publication date by many months. The case can be argued either way. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s probably true that the TIU – which now has an operating staff of 17 – should have been instituted with six investigators rather than three. But the last ten years have developed everybody’s understanding of these issues. Those who were there can justifiably claim that, even if they made a poor call, they were acting in good faith at the time. Once the basic principle has been established that tennis did not collude in hushing up corruption, such ancient history becomes of largely academic interest. The real question is “Where do we go from here?” Lleyton Hewitt was the subject of some of the report's research Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Does the IRP accept the argument – common within the game – that tennis is better off co-operating with bookmakers than trying to ban gambling altogether on lower-tier tournaments (which is where the bulk of the corruption is found)? And how does it believe that the Transition Tour – the new circuit that will replace Futures from next year – should be policed? If you mention the Buzzfeed/BBC report now to anyone in tennis, they usually make a sour face. While it was deeply researched and cleverly packaged, some of its content has turned out to be questionable – including the headline claim that a grand-slam singles champion was often associated with irregular betting patterns. When this player turned out to be Lleyton Hewitt – a one-man anomaly who forged on into his mid-30s through sheer love of the game, despite a three-digit ranking and several bionic body parts – the report’s credibility took a hit. But never mind the detail. Look at the impact. That investigation forced a major sport to throw its records open to experts like Lewis, and invest almost £20m in an open-ended debate on what has gone wrong and what should be done about it. Kudos, then, to the original reporters. With any luck, the IRP will significantly enhance tennis’s understanding of this intractable issue. Perhaps a few other sports, which have thus far escaped such close scrutiny, might even pick up some tips.
IRP tennis corruption report could provide clarity on one of sport's murkiest issues
Governing bodies around the world will this week be buried under an avalanche of paperwork. The Independent Review Panel’s report into corruption in tennis dropped yesterday, and it’s a big one, as the timescale (27 months) and budget (not far short of £20m) might suggest. We are talking about 2000 pages of closely argued research, hedged around with non-disclosure agreements, because the public release of the document is not due until next Monday. Probably only a few dozen people will see it before then. The timescale on this behemoth has been flexible, in the extreme. It was originally supposed to have been completed by the end of 2016, the year that began with a joint investigation by the BBC and the Buzzfeed website causing panic around the game via headlines about “match-fixing evidence that tennis has kept secret for years”. Tennis’s very weakness was perhaps the most convincing argument against the theory of some grand conspiracy. When you look at the shocking mess that the authorities are making of the Davis Cup rebrand, it’s hard to conceive of them orchestrating a decade-long cover-up. Still, that’s not to say that the whole problem has been efficiently dealt with. One area that is known to have attracted the attention of Adam Lewis QC – the man in charge of the IRP investigation – is the choice that tennis made in 2008 between two alternative versions of the Tennis Integrity Unit. One might be described as the “belt and braces” approach, the other as a relatively limited service. As you have probably guessed, the authorities preferred the “light-touch” option. This decision is thought to have absorbed a good deal of the IRP’s time and criticism. Indeed, this is one reason why the whole process has taken so extraordinarily long. Secret Service | Evert part of Simon Briggs' weekly column Since the precedent of a 1969 enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry, any such report is legally obliged to give the targets of its censure the opportunity to respond before publication – a process known as “Maxwellisation”, because the target of that 1969 investigation was the late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. In the case of the IRP, the 2008 decision on staffing and operating style has sparked a veritable paperstorm of toing and froing, delaying the publication date by many months. The case can be argued either way. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s probably true that the TIU – which now has an operating staff of 17 – should have been instituted with six investigators rather than three. But the last ten years have developed everybody’s understanding of these issues. Those who were there can justifiably claim that, even if they made a poor call, they were acting in good faith at the time. Once the basic principle has been established that tennis did not collude in hushing up corruption, such ancient history becomes of largely academic interest. The real question is “Where do we go from here?” Lleyton Hewitt was the subject of some of the report's research Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Does the IRP accept the argument – common within the game – that tennis is better off co-operating with bookmakers than trying to ban gambling altogether on lower-tier tournaments (which is where the bulk of the corruption is found)? And how does it believe that the Transition Tour – the new circuit that will replace Futures from next year – should be policed? If you mention the Buzzfeed/BBC report now to anyone in tennis, they usually make a sour face. While it was deeply researched and cleverly packaged, some of its content has turned out to be questionable – including the headline claim that a grand-slam singles champion was often associated with irregular betting patterns. When this player turned out to be Lleyton Hewitt – a one-man anomaly who forged on into his mid-30s through sheer love of the game, despite a three-digit ranking and several bionic body parts – the report’s credibility took a hit. But never mind the detail. Look at the impact. That investigation forced a major sport to throw its records open to experts like Lewis, and invest almost £20m in an open-ended debate on what has gone wrong and what should be done about it. Kudos, then, to the original reporters. With any luck, the IRP will significantly enhance tennis’s understanding of this intractable issue. Perhaps a few other sports, which have thus far escaped such close scrutiny, might even pick up some tips.
Le plongeon extrême, pour lequel un championnat du monde est désormais dédié, est toujours visuellement saisissant et esthétique, comme ici avec cette compilation dans laquelle on retrouve les meilleurs de la discipline.
Tous sports - Vidéo : une jolie compilation de plongeons extrêmes
Le plongeon extrême, pour lequel un championnat du monde est désormais dédié, est toujours visuellement saisissant et esthétique, comme ici avec cette compilation dans laquelle on retrouve les meilleurs de la discipline.
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
2019 Chevy Camaro SS Gets The Walkaround Treatment
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
2019 Chevy Camaro SS Gets The Walkaround Treatment
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
2019 Chevy Camaro SS Gets The Walkaround Treatment
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
2019 Chevy Camaro SS Gets The Walkaround Treatment
The stylistic changes don’t look as extreme on camera.
Guerlain Chicherit fait ce week-end à Barcelone ses premiers tours de roue en Mondial de rallycross au volant d'une Renault Megane préparée par Prodrive. L'écurie CGK de l'ancien skieur de l'extrême engage une deuxième voiture pour Jérôme Grosset-Janin.
Auto - Rallycross - Guerlain Chicherit : «C'est un vrai pari»
Guerlain Chicherit fait ce week-end à Barcelone ses premiers tours de roue en Mondial de rallycross au volant d'une Renault Megane préparée par Prodrive. L'écurie CGK de l'ancien skieur de l'extrême engage une deuxième voiture pour Jérôme Grosset-Janin.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Youths bring parkour to Syria's war-battered east Aleppo
Omar Kosha and his team of six have for years used the streets, gyms and public gardens of the western sector of the Syrian city of Aleppo to practise parkour ... now they have a whole new terrain for their extreme sport.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Titz: "Fahren eine extreme Achterbahn"
Drittes Spiel für Christian Titz als Trainer des Hamburger SV, zum dritten Mal geriet man in Rückstand. Allerdings drehten die Rothosen die Partie gegen den FC Schalke 04.
Patrick Reed races through the field and leads by two Tiger Woods struggles to 75 but makes the cut The Masters 2018 tee times for round three including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods​ Follow the live leaderboard Dustin Johnson finds momentum to fire his way into contention 'Fatigued' Ian Poulter struggles for rhythm with erratic display Patrick Reed has slipped the field, but such is the quality of the names in the chasing pack – including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson – that hopes remain high that all the hype of this being an all-time classic Masters will be justified. European Ryder Cup fans know all about Reed’s tenacity and will be concerned that this great team player will be difficult to see off in the individual arena after his startling second-round 66 which took him to nine-under and into a two-shot lead over the Australian Marc Leishman. The 27-year-old famously held his finger to his lips an told the galleries to “shush” in the heat of the Gleneagles match in 2014 and here he has threatened to mute the superstar roars. The young, belligerent Texan has a chequered history, with whispers of impropriety in his college days, but there can no doubting his candidature. Reed’s credentials were written all over a scorecard featuring nine birdies on a day when Augusta National bared its teeth. Leishman, the 2015 Open runner-up, was the only rival able to keep pace with his 67. Yet these are early days and the thought of Europe’s young four-time major champion, McIlroy, taking on America’s young three-time major champion, Spieth, is too delicious a thought to avoid. They are in a tie for fourth on four-under, one behind Henrik Stenson, the Swede who affords this leaderboard yet more lustre. The world No 1 and No 2, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, are one further back on three-under, while on two-under sit Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and two-time champion Bubba Watson. As Rose said after his 70, “wow, there are big names all over that scoreboard”. Tiger Woods is not one of these, but he did make the cut after a 75. On four-over, it will be a miracle if the 42-year-old wins, but then as he said earlier in the week “I am a walking miracle” and golf should simply to be happy to have him on show on a major weekend after his remarkable comeback from his crippling back problems. Of McIlroy and Spieth, the former obviously has the right to be the more content. The Ulsterman, seeking to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, fired a 71 with a back-nine 34. It was not been Tiger's day on Friday at Augusta Credit: Reuters “I was one over for the front nine so to shoot two under on the back nine, I would have taken that on the 10th tee,” McIlroy said. “But the way I played I hit some good shots and gave myself putts for birdies. It felt like I left a couple out there on 17 and 18 so I could have shot something in the 60s, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with how I played. I’m in a nice position.” Of course, McIlroy is painfully aware how quickly this revered course can taketh away having earlier been so generous and he will have understood Spieth’s predicament as well as eyeing Reed with intent. Better than anyone, Spieth sums up the duplicitous nature of this unique challenge. After 17 holes of his first round, the 2015 champion – who famously blew it a year later when five clear with nine remaining – was on seven-under and in apparent cruise-control, having reeled off five birdies in succession. And how did his next three holes pan out? Bogey, double bogey, bogey. Rory McIlroy winces as Adam Scott sends a tee-shot into the crowd Credit: Reuters After his five on the 18th the previous evening, Spieth looked nervous from the off, slicing his drive off the par-four first into the trees and making a six as a result. On the par-five second, he three-putted for another six and was seemingly in a spiral. Yet Spieth, Reed’s Ryder Cup partner, valiantly calmed himself and played the next 16 holes in two-under for a 74. “I got a little brain-dead to start but to still be in the tournament after two rounds, would I have taken being in this position three or four weeks ago? Absolutely,” Spieth said. “The wheels could have come off but I’ve taken a lot of punches on this course and I told Michael [Greller, his caddie] that I’m good for a double bogey or some bogeys here, so let’s make these the only ones. It was a nice rebound on the back nine.” For England, Rose made six birdies which negated the four bogeys and will still be confident of going one better than 12 months ago. Playing alongside Woods and Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood fared commendably with a second 72 to leave him on level par. Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey all made it through to the weekend, although only just on five-over. Masters 2018: Lee Westwood's Augusta course guide The big loser of this second day was Phil Mickelson who fired a 79 to topple back to five-over. After his first title in five years at last month’s WGC-Mexico, the 47-year-old had hope of becoming the Masters’ oldest ever champion. And when Mickelson moved to three-under with a birdie on the second, the galleries sensed history could indeed be afoot. Alas, it was to go badly awry for the three-time champion, as he took a triple-bogey on the ninth, after hitting a tree, and a double-bogey on the 12th. “There’s a fine line between wanting it so bad and then also letting it happen,” Mickelson said. “As you get older you feel a little bit more pressure each one because you don’t feel as though you have an unlimited number of events. I thought this was a great year, a great opportunity.” At least Mickelson made the cut, which was more than defending champion Sergio Garcia could boast. After his record-breaking 13 on the 15th in the first round, the Spaniard slumped to a 78 to finish on 15 under, with only two behind in the 87-man field. 12:45AM Route-66 for Reed Ball back in the stance, hands forward...very nicely done from Reed as he chips up to within a foot or so and secures a final par four. Patrick Reed leads the Masters at the halfway stage. Nine-under through two rounds is some going with only 17 players in red figures. Marc Leishman is his closest challenger at seven-under, but what a roll-call behind him: Spieth, McIlroy, Stenson, Dustin and Justin Thomas. Could be some Saturday. That's all from me, see you tomorrow for more of the same! 12:38AM Reed on 18 Reed shows no sign of blinking as he dispatches another iron shot straight at the target. But it comes up a little shy, and the 18th green's false front takes it off the front edge. There is a little bit of helping breeze at 18, but sometimes that can actually knock the ball down before it reaches the top of its flight and the ball ends up flying less distance - counterintuitively. 12:34AM Stenson will play with Rory tomorrow A big finish by Henrik Stenson after a wobble at the start of the back nine. He is in the hutch at five-under and will partner Rory McIlroy tomorrow by my calculations. 12:27AM Slow play still a problem There has been some great golf played today, particularly by Reed, but by god has it been slow. Reed's group have just cleaned up on the 17th and have been out there for five hours and 25 minutes. Ian Poulter had some words to say on the issue earlier today. 12:23AM Reed escapes More trouble for Reed, who hits a big hook off the 17th tee and finds himself up against a tree. Tries to sling another big draw to get it up near the green and it's not bad...pin high but off the green on the right. Runs up there and plays a lovely pitch to within a few feet. Should make his four. His playing partner Henrik Stenson birdies, moves to five-under. 12:20AM The weather could turn nasty tomorrow A little bit of magic from Justin Thomas at the last who uses the slope behind the pin to save his par. Looked like it might be a hole-out but from the fairway bunker he will take a four. Sergio Garcia signs for a 78. Despite missing the cut he will hang around for the weekend to present this year's winner with the green jacket. We're hearing rain and strong winds could be on the way tomorrow. 12:11AM Back to 16 Spoke to soon there...Reed misses his par putt so that's the lead back to nine-under. The players watching from their rented houses or hotel rooms will be hoping he drops a couple more over the last two holes. I should add that Marc Leishman got up and down from the left of 18, so he leads in the clubhouse at seven-under. 12:08AM Tiger Woods in for a 75 No birdie at 18 for Tiger as another putt slides by, finishes four-over for the tournament. But he is through to the weekend which did look in jeopardy for a while. Reed is the latest player to face that long up-hiller at 16...makes a fine job of it but comically runs up to mark his ball before it rolls back to his feet. 12:02AM Ovation for Woods at the last 12:01AM REED TO 10-UNDER Back at 16, that's a very good return putt from Stenson to keep him and four-under, while Justin Thomas has parred the 17th to stay at three-under. And Reed gets up and down from the back of 15 - another birdie and that moves him three clear at 10-under par. Leishman has semi-recovered at the last, sending an iron shot to the left of the green. Pitch and putt for his par. 162 left for Tiger, he is eyeing another iron shot up and down and it is a good one. For the first time this week he's looked comfortable out there over the last six holes or so. Will have around 15-feet for birdie. 11:54PM Off the 18th tee we go Marc Leishman loves to fade the ball which suits the shape of Augusta's 18th...but he has over cut this one and it drifts into the trees on the right. Tommy Fleetwood, even par for the week, hits a solid three-wood down the right hand side. Now Tiger...three-wood and that's another one right up the middle. The right decision to leave driver in the bag and take the bunker's out of play. He's hit the ball better than his score suggests on the back-nine. 11:50PM To the 15th Tiger's birdie putt at the 17th just slides by, but barring a disaster at 18 he should be around for the weekend. To Reed, who was in perfect position to attack the 15th in two. 204 yards remaining, but his iron shot travels a little too far and that will leave a tricky chip over the apron. 11:43PM Round-up Paul Casey taps-in at the 18th to finish at five-over but Hideki Matsuyama three-putts to drop back to even par. Justin Thomas lags a long birdie putt up that huge slope at the 16th and that's enough to stay at three-under. Up ahead at the 17th, Marc Leishman has missed the green right but Tommy Fleetwood is safely aboard. Now Tiger...and that's a beauty. Controlled his trajectory well with the wind whipping around and will have about 15 feet for birdie. 11:37PM More drama at the fifteenth Bubba Watson takes on the tight, front-right pin but cuts it a little too much and it drifts off the front edge and it finds the water. Tiger has hit a good drive down the seventeeth, while Patrick Reed squeezes a lovely little fade down the 15th to keep it away from the trees. 11:29PM The scene at the 16th green Good looking putt from the fringe at 16 by Tiger, but it runs past by a good eight-feet or so. Leishman's slippery birdie putt from above the hole drifts by too. In the battle to make the cut, not the battle Tiger had in mind at the start of the week, Tiger's putt slips past. Bat to four-over. So many iron shots have been bang on on-line today but have just flown a little long. 11:24PM Reed to nine-under Much like Spieth yesterday afternoon, this is flawless golf from Patrick Reed. Hits another short-iron stiff at the 14th and it is a kick-in birdie. 11:22PM To the 16th Tiger is eyeing up and down his tee shot on the 16th....not for the first time it flies a little long and comes to rest at the back edge. He is a couple of shots inside the cut-line as we stand though, so should make it to the weekend. 11:18PM Leishman makes his move This is grease lightning from the back of 15...Tiger has the putter on it from the fringe. Judges that well, will have about two-and-a-half-feet for another birdie. Leishman over that eagle putt after his majestic second....makes it! He will pick up some Augusta crystal. That moves him to within one of Reed. Tiger makes no mistake. Back to three-over. 11:14PM Stenson move Bubba goes close to another birdie at 14, but he stays at three-under. Henrik Stenson goes one better to move back to get back to four-under. Patrick Reed in good shape after another thumping drive down the same hole. 11:10PM REED BIRDIE The wedge shot from Reed was excellent and he converts for a four at 13. Back to eight-under. 11:09PM Tiger's turn A less extreme version of what Leishman played....and that is another excellent shot. Wraps his right hand over to get the ball moving left in the air, you can see the spin when it lands on the green. Releases out to the back fringe. 11:07PM Brilliant Leishman Quite brilliant from Marc Leishman at the 15th. His drive drifted a little left so he had to work his second around the trees with a slinging draw, a huge draw of more than 30 yards. Over water. What bravery, and it pays off as the ball makes the journey by a couple of feet and feeds down to inside 10 feet. Great eagle chance. 11:04PM Cut rules Just checking up on the rules regarding the cut: 'Following the second round, golfers with the low 50 scores, plus ties, plus any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead, advance to play the final two rounds.' 11:02PM Reed out of trouble Stenson unhappy at the 14th, the driver is dropped to the ground. Looks like he caught that out of the neck. Reed managed to advance his ball up the 13th from the right trees. Will have a wedge shot for his third on this par-five. 10:58PM Justin Thomas chips in - a few players making a move Tiger on the 15th tee...that's a much better drive than yesterday. Hugs the left side of the fairway a little but might be far enough up that the overhanging branches are not a problem. Bubba Watson picks up another birdie at 13 - the two time champion moves to three-under. And another man on the move is Justin Thomas who chips in from out the back of 14 for successive birdies. 10:54PM Phil the thrill Phil Mickelson's 79 was disappointing and surprising in equal measure. Read about his day here with Sam Dean, who we have kept very busy at Augusta this week. 10:52PM Reed pushes his tee shot at 13 Reed has blocked his drive on the 13th...not a good hole to lose your trusty right-to-left shape on. The ball comes to rest on the pine straw and he might be blocked out by the trees. 10:51PM Solid pars Pars on the card for Woods at 14, and Reed at 14. Woods' fate is linked to Reed's. Augusta operate a 10-shot rule meaning you must be within 10 shots of the lead to make it through to the weekend. Fleetwood had a great chance for a birdie at 14, but a gust of wind pushed him out of balance. 10:44PM Better from Woods Tiger flies his second shot at the 14th right over the pin, and will have 30-feet for birdie. That pin is guarded by a huge swale short, so an understandable shot. Justin Thomas birdies 15 to move into red figures. 10:43PM More trouble at 12 Hoffman's tee shot on 12 barely makes it half-way across Rae's Creek. Must have caught a gust of wind. That'll be his excuse anyway. What a hole this 150-odd yard little devil is. Credit: Reuters 10:37PM Driving exhibition at 14 Tiger stands up and smokes a driver down the 14th, that is in perfect position. Not much more than a wedge left for his second as he tries to work his way back into proceedings. Tommy Fleetwood has also nailed a lovely draw right down the middle. 10:34PM Nerves of steel Well done Patrick Reed, held his nerve over an eight-foot par putt. The lead stays at seven-under. 10:32PM Reed too bold as Tiger birdies Woods over his eagle putt at 13...and he judges it beautifully. That's a birdie - his first on the par-fives this week. Back to four-over. Leishman also makes a birdie four there to move to six-under. Stenson has been stymied at the 12th, and looks set to drop a shot. Reed is heavy-handed with his birdie putt at the 11th and has a tester coming up to save par and avoid back-to-back bogeys. 10:27PM No relation to young Patrick 10:25PM Smart Reed Leishman takes on the 13th in two and pulls it a little into the bowl Rory was in earlier thru the back of the green. Smart play on the 11th by Reed who finds the middle of the green. Stenson hits a horrible pull on the 12th and goes well long, but it bounces back from the bank into the bunker. Very nicely done from Woods on 13, finds the middle of the green with a seven iron from a hanging lie. It's not been all bad from Tiger, but you cannot make this many unforced errors at the majors. 10:17PM Henrik Stenson chips in Sergio Garcia, 14-over par, has found the back bunker at 12. In his battle to make the cut, Tiger bombs a driver over the corner on the par-five 13th. Looks in decent position. Lovely drive from Reed down the 11th into position A1. Down at the green Stenson chips-in from just shy of the front edge and that moves him to four-under. 10:14PM Brilliant Bubba How about that from Bubba Watson. Takes a leaf from Tiger's book and plays a magnificent recover around the trees. For him it's a draw rather than a slice as a left-hander, and he wraps his left hand over the shaft and works it fully 30-yards laterally through the air. He is still at two-under. Reed's par putt slips past, and he is back to seven-under. 10:09PM Nice splash out from Reed Very nice bunker shot from Patrick Reed back on the 10th, gets it past the hole and will have an uphill putt to save his par. 10:07PM Tiger steadies himself Patrick Reed turns with a three-shot lead, but blocks his second shot into the tenth and finished in the greenside bunker on the right. Give Woods his credit, after repeating the cardinal sin of yesterday and finding Rae's Creek on 12, plays a beautiful pitch after taking a drop and has a chance to save bogey. 10:03PM Tiger finds a watery grave Lovely shot from Leishman sets up a birdie chance at the 12th. Tiger up next...he's inside the cut line but needs to be careful. Was in the water here yesterday short...and DOES IT AGAIN! That's a terrible mistake with a nine iron, as soon as he hit it the hand was off the club. Pushed it well right. Gives it a 'f****** idiot', as he stands on the tee. 9:59PM The winds is swirling at the 12th Tiger couldn't quite manage the birdie at the 11th, but a four there is always a good score. Leishman and Fleetwood also made pars. Woods gets a standing ovation from the fans who have gathered on the 12th tee. 9:53PM Vintage Tiger For all Tiger's scruffy play, that is why he keeps us all watching. Was caught in the right-semi on the 11th and had overhanging tree trouble, meaning he had to aim at the water and hold on to a low fade with a three-iron. A quite magnificent shot, that bored through the wind and ran up to around 20 feet from the pin. 9:51PM Birdie Reed! The lead is now eight-under Not bad from Hoffman, he has a chance to save par. Zach Johnson bogey's the difficult 11 to drop back to the one-under. Adam Hadwin was fortunate to stay close to the ninth green where so many have fallen back down the slope. He should turn at three-under. On the same hole - Reed rolls in another birdie at the end of another mistake-free hole. The lead is now eight-under. 9:46PM The chasing pack Bubba Watson is in the picture at two-under through 10 holes. A surprising challenger is Charlie Hoffman at five-under but he is in the woods right at nine. Punches out to the left of the greenside bunkers and that will be a delicate third. Henrik Stenson is in the thick of things, and makes the turn at four-under. 9:35PM Reed rolls along Not to be for Justin Rose at 18, but that's an acceptable par and he is in the clubhouse at two-under. World No.1 Dustin Johnson goes one better by birdieing and finishes at three-under, and a 68 is some going in these conditions. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has made another birdie at the eighth. He extends his lead to two and is now seven-under. 9:33PM Justin and Dustin Justin Rose is making his way up the last, and he's a player you want to favour when conditions stiffen. An excellent approach leaves a 15-footer for birdie. Playing partner Dustin Johnson is ridiculously far down there, just a flick with a sand wedge leaves him inside Rose. Tiger lags his birdie putt down nicely at the 10th. 9:27PM Birdie for Stenson Not heard too much about Henrik Stenson, but that's an easy two-putt birdie on the eighth that moves him back to four-under. And Reed has found the middle of that par-five green in two. Tiger left his tee shot at 10 out to the right slightly, and it hangs up on the downslope rather than turning around the corner. Excellent shot in, right into the heart of the green. He needs to get past the 12th without dropping any more shots. There are chances on the way in. 9:22PM Catch up with Poulter Here's Sam Dean with latest on Ian Poulter who is fighting to make the cut. 9:19PM Dustin escapes You can doubt his distance control and wedge game, but you cannot doubt Tiger's heart. Rolls in lengthy par putt down the hill at nine and he turns in 39. Not what he needed. Dustin Johnson has escaped with a par at from the right trees - he is our man's Jamie Corrigan's tip for the week. 9:14PM Spieth in the house Jordan Spieth has tapped-in at 18 for a 74, which given he was three-over after two holes is an admirable effort. He is still firmly in contention at four-under for the tournament. That's only two back, currently. 9:09PM Tiger comes up short Tiger has hit plenty of good drives this week with the big stick, often his nemesis, and is in perfect position at the ninth. A perilous front pin position at the ninth, and he tries to punch one in to avoid backspin. The breeze knocks it down however, and that doesn't make it up the front back. That's in Greg Norman country. Partick Reed has birdied the seventh, and now leads on his own at six-under. 9:04PM Paul Hayward on Rory Rory McIlroy is finished for the day, so read Paul Hayward's assessment on a difficult second round but one which he will gain plenty of confidence from. His short-distance putting has been impressive, keeping the momentum with several significant par putts over the first few days. We know he can shoot the lights out when conditions favour, but McIlroy is now showing he can hang tough. 8:59PM Another par-five gone for Tiger My word, Dustin forgets what course he is playing for a second and bolts his putt past the hole and all the way down to the front section of the green. He had a 15-foot birdie putt, and now faces a 60-foot par putt. And would you believe it...he's drained it. Never in doubt, no pictures on the scorecard. Tiger played a delicious flop shot at the eight, but another putt misses. Six par-fives played, six pars for him this week. 8:55PM Rory in for a 71 A McIlroy club twirl is usually a good sign...but not on this occasion as his putt slides past at 18. A birdie would have been a bonus however, and dinner will taste good after a sound 71 in dicey conditions. 8:53PM Great second from Rory Tiger has put himself in a nasty little spot on the eighth after that crunching drive, his long iron second comes up short and left leaving him a pitch over a huge hillock. 'You're better than that', curses Spieth as his second runs off the right-hand side of 17. Aggressive tee shpt from Dustin Johnson at 16 finds the top level and rests against the back fringe - about 15 feet from the pin. McIlroy sends his second at 18 arrowing over the flag and it stops on the second bounce. Impeccable strike, but a bigger bounce forward and it might have rolled all the way back from the top of the slope. 8:46PM Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar finish up Just a par for McIlroy at 17 as his putt runs by, but that will do just fine for the man chasing a career Grand Slam. Dustin Johnson three-putted at the 15th to let a birdie put slip past. 2007 champions Zach Johnson scoots a wedge in close at the eighth and will move to three under. Back to Rory, you could not place his ball in a better position at 18. A towering power-fade off the teed has in him in the mayor's office with not much more than a wedge in. Disappointing day for Mickelson, who taps in at the last for a 79, fiver-over for the Championship. Kuchar fritters one away at the last - he's in at one-under. Rickie Fowler will sign for 72 that leaves him two-under for the tournament. 8:40PM Keep an eye on Dustin Johnson A huge roar echoed around the course just then, an Augusta trademark. Dustin Johnson is on the 15th in two, and a two-putt birdie would move the World No.1 to within two of the lead. Spieth has fought on admirably after a horrible start, and stays three-under for the championship. Tiger needs to get something going, and he pummels a drive down the par-five eighth that carries the bunker on the right. Really went after that one, you can always tell when he recoils and the club slams against his back at the finish. 8:36PM Superb up-and-down by Leishman Leishman was in among the patrons and the pines ar seven, but hit a huge slice around the timber to get his ball back in play. Used the slope behind the hole to leave himself an eight-footer for par, which he makes...that's some escape. Justin Rose has found the difficult 11th in regulation. Now Rory at 17, another drive dispatched down the fairway and his second with a wedge is pin high. Another birdie chance coming up. Mickelson is playing the last and is five-over. Woods was unlucky his second at seven was not a kick-in birdie, but he cleans up for par. 8:32PM Solid for Rory at 16 Very solid lag-putt from Rory, a safe par three at 16. Patrick Reed has dropped a shot at four so he and Leishman are our leaders at five-under. Tiger's second and the seventh was inches away from spinning back down towards the pin but it stayed up in the fringe. Justin Thomas is going along quietly at at one-under, while Vijay Singh is defying his advancing years at two under for the tournament. Here's that tricky pin at 16, what you cannot see is the significant ridge that runs through the green. 8:21PM The 16th is trick today It's the week's hardest pin position on the 16th, perched on the ledge in the back portion of the green. Rory plays it safe and finds the middle of the green, and will back himself to two-putt from the lower tier. There is no future past this pin. 8:19PM Just a par for Rory Marvellous touch from Woods - should escape with a par at the sixth. Lovely hands on that pitch shot. Just a apar at 15 for Rory, but could easily have been in the water long so that is acceptable. His patience today has been admirable, keeping himself in the mix on a tough day. Leishman makes par at six, but Reed has work to do for a par three at the tough fourth. 8:12PM Tiger on the cut-line as things stand Woods did get up and down from sand to salvage a six, but that moves him back to four-over over for the tournament. Is a little bold with his tee-shot at the par-three six and faces another chip. Rory flipped his second shot into the par-five 15th, and understandably leaves his pitch back on the fringe with the water awaiting an over hit attempt. 8:06PM Full coverage under way Patrick Reed is on the charge...three birdies right out of the gate moves him into the lead at six-under par. Back to Tiger, he took a drop in the trees at five and punched into a greenside bunker. Up and down for a double bogey. Jordan Spieth has steadied the ship and birdied the 13th. After a par at 14, he is three-under for the tournament - very much still in this. Dustin Johnson birdies the 13th also, he is stalking the field and moves to two-under. 7:54PM RORY BIRDIE Woods did make his par at four, but is now in all kinds of trouble at the fifth after his second shot finds a bush through the back of the green. McIlroy birdies the 14th to move to four-under, likely to be the new tournament favourite. 7:40PM RORY BIRDIE Another good stroke from McIlroy, and he slides in a trick birdie putt at the 13th. He moves to three-under, well positioned only two off the lead. Tiger does well to give himself a chance of a par, he was in a treacherous spot. He was four off the lead on the first tee, but has that to stay within seven. 7:35PM Round-up Well-judged chip at the 13th from Rory leaves about 10 feet for birdie. Henrik Stenson birdies the par-five second to make an early move to four-under. More Tiger trouble at the fourth, he pulls his tee shot, de-lofting the club sending it long - almost on the fifth tee-shot. Tough up and down from there. 7:26PM Doing things the hard way Tommy Fleetwood has gone under the radar here, two birdies in his first three holes moves him to two-under. Rory has been a little bold with his second into the 13th, find that devilish little bowl through the back of the green. A quick chip awaits back towards Rae's Creek. Leishman picks up another birdie at the third, and he leads on his own at five-under. 7:21PM Another par for Woods Tiger hits a nifty little pitch on the third, and it rolls around six feet past the hole. A great chance to get one back. But a nasty little left-to-right putt slips past the cup and Tiger stays at two-over. Rory McIlroy blasts a drive over the corner at the 13th, and will have only a mid-iron for his second on the par-five. Patrick Reed has birdied the first - he joins Leishman and Cabrera Bello at four-under. 7:12PM Rose on the move Long-hitting Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello has birdied to 10th to join Leishman at four-under. And fireworks on the same hole as Justin Rose holes his third from the greenside bunker for a birdie, two in three holes for the 2013 US Open champ and he moves to two-under. 7:06PM New leader... Marc Leishman rolls in a birdie four at the second, and he hits the front at four-under. Not cigar for Tiger, and that's a fifth straight par at the par-fives. But positive developments at the third, absolutley smokes a drive down there and nearly drives the green. 7:02PM Sloppy wedge-play with Tiger Tiger had just 75 yards for his third, but it does not spin back after he throws it past the pin. That is not a realistic birdie putt, more like two for a par. 6:54PM Leishman birdies, Mickelson bogeys Tiger's tee-shot at the second finds the fairway via one of the pine trees on the left. Phil Mickelson has dropped another shot at the 11th to sink back to one-over. Another par for Kuchar and he stays at three-under alongside Weisberger, Cabrera-Bello and Leishman who birdied the first. And a host of others. Tiger's shot was 330 yards from the green, but he hits a big draw down there to leave himself a wedge for his third. 6:49PM Rory staying in touch A seventh successive par for Rory McIlroy after a four at the 10th. This is good stuff from him - showing a patience he has sometimes been accused of lacking in tough conditions, stays two-under 6:44PM Spieth out in four-over Jordan Spieth turns in 40, two-under for the tournament. That is the first time in his Masters career he has played the front-side without a birdie. Tiger stubs his chip, barely getting it to the green, and settles for a two-putt bogey. 22nd career bogey/worse on 1st hole for Woods, tying his 2nd-most on any hole at Augusta. He's made 24 on the 4th hole.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 6:39PM Loose second by Tiger Woods misses the first green with little more than a sand wedge in his hand, will have a delicate chip to save par. Mickelson, like the great champion he is, bounces back from a seven at the ninth with birdie at the 10th. Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Cabrera-Bello all birdie the eighth. They are one-under, one-under and three-under respectively. 6:32PM Tiger Woods is on the course Woods has a history of bad tee shots at Augusta's first, but that's more like it. Finds the fairway with driver after missing left with three-wood yesterday. Mark Leishman is in Woods' group and he played some great stuff yesterday. Take a par four an run to the next. Although a three would be nice... Interestingly, his mother followed him round yesterday - as she used to do when he was a wee boy in junior golf. That's either lovely and warming or ever so slightly over-bearing depending on your perspective. 6:25PM Rory turns for home Rory McIlroy has reached the turn in 37, two-under for the tournament. Given the tricky pin positions and increasing breeze, that's no catastrophe. Two reachable par-fives coming home for him to reassert himself. Matt Kuchar has also just played the ninth and turns at three-under. 6:19PM Mickelson disaster Bogey for Ricky Fowler at the ninth, and he falls back to two-under, but that's nothing on Phil Mickelson who has taken a triple-bogey seven at the ninth. What a kick in the guts that is. His tee-shot finished in an unplayable spot and he was forced to take a drop under penalty. 6:13PM In less than 15 minutes... Credit: AP 6:09PM More woe for Spieth Just a par at eight for McIlroy to stay at two-under, but Jordan Spieth has dropped another shot at the seventh to join Rory on that score. A missed green in regulation for Spieth but this time his majestic short-game failed to get him out of jail. 6:03PM We have a new leader That man Weisberger has backed up his birdie at the second with another at the third, and he leads on his own at four-under. Did anyone pick him out at the start of the week? 5:57PM A new name emerges Birdie for Rickie Fowler at the par-five eighth and he joins the huddle of players sharing the lead at three-under, who are also joined by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger after his birdie at the second. Kuchar only manages a par at the eighth, and Mickelson also makes five to stay at two-under. 5:53PM Par at seven for Rory - stays two-under Nervous times for Rory after that bogey at the sixth, and he has to scramble for par at the seventh. Found the left trees from the tee, bunted it out but pitched and putted for a par four. Stays at two-under. A survival mission at the moment. 5:50PM Better from Spieth Jordan Spieth seems to have got his act together, and puts another par on the card at the sixth. The 2015 champion remains at three-under. On another note trying walking into your local wearing a pair of these tonight...you'll be as brave a man as Yuta Ikeda. Credit: Getty Images 5:42PM The main group reach the eighth Mickelson has found the bunker from the tee at the par five but Fowler and Kuchar are in-play. The projected cut is at seven-over currently. 5:29PM Who said tour players don't care about the crowd? Credit: AP Professionals are frequently criticised (rightly) for not shouting FORE after errant shots, and McIlroy looks genuinely concerned about the damage this wayward Adam Scott effort could do. In Rory news, he has dropped a shot at the par-three sixth to drop back to two-under. 5:23PM Rock solid Rory A solid four at the fifth from Rory to stay at three under. In the fairway, on the green and two putts. Holes four thru 12 are the toughest stretch at Augusta National. Play those in par and you can feel satisfied. 5:20PM A good omen for Tiger? Tiger Woods as a pro in #TheMasters: 1st round: 71.9 scoring average, -1 2nd round: 70.3 scoring average, -30— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 5:18PM Dustin on the move Dustin Johnson bogeyed the par-five second yesterday, but has EAGLED it today. That jumps him up to one-under and only two shots back. Justin Rose is plodding along in Johnson's group at even-par. Mickelson is in perfect position at seven after a 326-yard drive but Kucar may have found the left pine needles. 5:14PM There are eight players tied for the lead at three-under They are: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Henrik Stenson, Charlie Hoffman, Adam Hadwin and Patrick Reed. The final three names are yet to tee off. A jam-packed Masters leaderboard. 5:05PM Ian Poulter at risk of missing the cut Amen Corner has been unkind to Ian Poulter, a double bogey at the 11th sees the Englishman fall back to to five-over. A reminder that the halfway cut at Augusta is decided by the 'ten-shot' rule - so if you are within 10 shots (inclusive) of the leader after two rounds you're through to the weekend. 'Poults' won in dramatic fashion last week to earn a place at the Masters Credit: Reuters 4:57PM It seems tough out there A few of those players around even-par or one-over, *cough* Tiger Woods, might be encouraged that the leaders are coming back to them. McIlroy drops a shot at the fourth, and Kuchar does a same at the fifth meaning the pair are tied for the lead at three-under. More escapology from Mickelson who goes from bunker to bunker on five but splashes out superbly to save his par. Vintage Phil and he is now only one shot back. Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also well placed at two-under. 4:53PM Those bunkers at the fifth I was talking about... Credit: AP 4:50PM A settler Spieth responds with a safe par four at the third. Mickelson has found one of those hellish bunkers on the left corner of the fifth, but playing partners Kuchar and Fowler are on the cut stuff. 4:47PM Mickelson back to two-under Mickelson drops a shot at the brutal par-three fourth, but he will not be the last player to so at the 240-yard hole. Imagine trying to stop a three-iron on the deck of an aircraft carrier from a tee placed more than 20 feet above the surface. Yeah, it's like that. Good start for Jon Rahm who is two-under thru three - back to one-over for the championship. 4:38PM More trouble for Spieth Hooks his drive into the pines left on the par-five second and the putter failed to get the American out of trouble, missing a five-footer for par. That's a bogey six on one of the easier holes on the course. In real terms he has dropped 1.5 shots on the field. Back to three-under. Nobody, except the golfing gods, would have predicted this. Spieth looked sublime yesterday. 4:34PM RORY BIRDIE Not much happening for Ian Poulter, he reaches the turn at three over for the tournament. After last week's heroics at the Houston Open, just being at Augusta is an almighty bonus. Haotong Li has gone backwards - four-over thru seven holes. Tony Finau is also off to a slow start, falling back to two-under for the tournament - two-over for round two. Steady as she goes for three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson who is one-under thru three. And there's a birdie three for Rory at the short-par four third! Has a share of the lead with Spieth and Kuchar. That's what Iain Dowie would call bouncebackability. Rory bounced back from a bad start Credit: AP 4:22PM Rory bounce back McIlroy gets that shot straight back with a birdie at the par-five second. He should be targetting three-under per round on the four 'five-pars' as they call them across the pond. 4:19PM Hope for the rest? Dan Zeqiri here, back for day two of the Masters where the leaderboard looks appetising. Early drama to sweep up before we go further. Rory McIlroy bogeyed the first to drop back to three-under, but more importantly Jordan Spieth took six down the opener. The first at Augusta always ranks in the top five hardest holes off the week - a 445-yard par four that is a stiff examination particularly with breeze against. 4:05PM Tip coming in... @CharlieFelix if @henrikstenson keeps the putter hot he’ll definitely be in the mix come Sunday afternoon. His iron shots were Odin-esque yesterday the Norse warrior has the game for Augusta he just needs the rub of the green on the greens & he’ll be in green!— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) April 6, 2018 Stenson's second round begins at 6.49pm BST. He's in the penultimate grouping with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. 3:30PM Tony Finau ...has dropped a shot. He bogied the first and has dropped to -3. Credit: Getty Images 3:08PM Two-shot swing Jimmy Walker sinks a second consecutive birdie as Ian Poulter drops back to par for the day with a bogey at the par-three fourth. 2:52PM Tuning up Nice insight here on Jordan Spieth's warm-up routine. 57 putts. 4 drives. Go inside the warm-up of first-round leader, @JordanSpieth. pic.twitter.com/p02cXQIW7Z— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 6, 2018 2:36PM Up and down Very eventful Friday morning for US amateur Doug Ghim thus far. He has backed up a double bogey on the first with back-to-back birdies on the second and third. Ghim finished yesterday's round with an eagle at the 18th. 2:33PM Strong start for Ian Poulter He's birdied the par five second and is back to one over for the Championship. 2:29PM Gallery What a perch, just overlooking the ninth green. Credit: AP 2:06PM Not just a bad dream No prizes for guessing whose entry this is. Credit: Getty Images 1:58PM Interested observers The fans are filing in at Augusta. Credit: AP 1:52PM Tracking Tiger Tiger Woods begins today on one over, but that could have easily been far rosier. Take a look through the highlights of his first round. Watch @TigerWoods' first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/wB1vc9KDq2— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 If you missed these goodies earlier this week, he's a graphic on how the 42 year-old has remodeled his swing: Tiger Woods' remodelled swing And here is James Corrigan's piece on his resurgence: The inside story of Tiger Woods' astonishing comeback 1:42PM Man of the people Another nice shot from the opening day, here. Tony Finau will never forget his first appearance at the Masters. His ankle stood up well enough for him to card a 68 yesterday. Credit: REUTERS 1:30PM Round two pin placement Pin placement information for the second round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/qCDuNFbwgq— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 1:14PM Classy An excellent response from Sergio Garcia. What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man!�� https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 6, 2018 12:53PM Omen? Jordan Spieth will, obviously, be hoping to defy this trend. This is the 11th time in the last 40 years that a past champion of #TheMasters has led/co-led after the 1st round. None of the previous 10 went on to win. Last to do it: Jack Nicklaus in 1972.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 6, 2018 12:47PM Golden oldies A lovely image from yesterday. Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus (78) and Gary Player (82) share a joke. Credit: REUTERS Just the 27 majors between them. 12:38PM What a shot This was a freakishly good putt by Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th yesterday. This is the best putt you'll see today. #theMasterspic.twitter.com/C7A5MbVp5k— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 5, 2018 The South African, who tied for second back in 2012, recorded a one-under round. 12:17PM Back to it A champion in 2015, Jordan Spieth starts day two at Augusta with a two-shot lead courtesy of a six-under round to start the tournament. This is a helpful round-up of that strong opening from Spieth. He eagled the eighth and fired five birdies in succession on the back nine to card a 66 and end up two shots ahead of Tony Finau, remarkably fit enough to compete a day after dislocating his ankle, and Matt Kuchar. Watch @JordanSpieth's first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/4wji7Vnsoh— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 Just as Spieth excelled, Sergio Garcia sank to a disastrous round of 81 that featured a 13 (THIRTEEN) on the par five 15th hole. He put five balls in the water. You can read the view of golf correspondent James Corrigan right here. "From green jacket to straitjacket" is an exceptional line. Credit: AP This is a lovely, interactive illustration of the hole - named 'Firethorn' - that hosted the Spaniard's capitulation. Not that Garcia will be too keen to examine it. Augusta hole 15 We are about an hour and a half away from the the start of day two. England's Ian Poulter is in one of the earliest groupings, going off at 1.52pm BST. Tiger Woods begins his second round, all being well, at 6.27pm. Let the Masters video team gee you up. Welcome to Friday at #themasters. pic.twitter.com/4jO8YzknxL— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018
Patrick Reed surges into Masters lead with blistering 66 but Rory McIlroy stays in the hunt
Patrick Reed races through the field and leads by two Tiger Woods struggles to 75 but makes the cut The Masters 2018 tee times for round three including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods​ Follow the live leaderboard Dustin Johnson finds momentum to fire his way into contention 'Fatigued' Ian Poulter struggles for rhythm with erratic display Patrick Reed has slipped the field, but such is the quality of the names in the chasing pack – including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson – that hopes remain high that all the hype of this being an all-time classic Masters will be justified. European Ryder Cup fans know all about Reed’s tenacity and will be concerned that this great team player will be difficult to see off in the individual arena after his startling second-round 66 which took him to nine-under and into a two-shot lead over the Australian Marc Leishman. The 27-year-old famously held his finger to his lips an told the galleries to “shush” in the heat of the Gleneagles match in 2014 and here he has threatened to mute the superstar roars. The young, belligerent Texan has a chequered history, with whispers of impropriety in his college days, but there can no doubting his candidature. Reed’s credentials were written all over a scorecard featuring nine birdies on a day when Augusta National bared its teeth. Leishman, the 2015 Open runner-up, was the only rival able to keep pace with his 67. Yet these are early days and the thought of Europe’s young four-time major champion, McIlroy, taking on America’s young three-time major champion, Spieth, is too delicious a thought to avoid. They are in a tie for fourth on four-under, one behind Henrik Stenson, the Swede who affords this leaderboard yet more lustre. The world No 1 and No 2, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, are one further back on three-under, while on two-under sit Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and two-time champion Bubba Watson. As Rose said after his 70, “wow, there are big names all over that scoreboard”. Tiger Woods is not one of these, but he did make the cut after a 75. On four-over, it will be a miracle if the 42-year-old wins, but then as he said earlier in the week “I am a walking miracle” and golf should simply to be happy to have him on show on a major weekend after his remarkable comeback from his crippling back problems. Of McIlroy and Spieth, the former obviously has the right to be the more content. The Ulsterman, seeking to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, fired a 71 with a back-nine 34. It was not been Tiger's day on Friday at Augusta Credit: Reuters “I was one over for the front nine so to shoot two under on the back nine, I would have taken that on the 10th tee,” McIlroy said. “But the way I played I hit some good shots and gave myself putts for birdies. It felt like I left a couple out there on 17 and 18 so I could have shot something in the 60s, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with how I played. I’m in a nice position.” Of course, McIlroy is painfully aware how quickly this revered course can taketh away having earlier been so generous and he will have understood Spieth’s predicament as well as eyeing Reed with intent. Better than anyone, Spieth sums up the duplicitous nature of this unique challenge. After 17 holes of his first round, the 2015 champion – who famously blew it a year later when five clear with nine remaining – was on seven-under and in apparent cruise-control, having reeled off five birdies in succession. And how did his next three holes pan out? Bogey, double bogey, bogey. Rory McIlroy winces as Adam Scott sends a tee-shot into the crowd Credit: Reuters After his five on the 18th the previous evening, Spieth looked nervous from the off, slicing his drive off the par-four first into the trees and making a six as a result. On the par-five second, he three-putted for another six and was seemingly in a spiral. Yet Spieth, Reed’s Ryder Cup partner, valiantly calmed himself and played the next 16 holes in two-under for a 74. “I got a little brain-dead to start but to still be in the tournament after two rounds, would I have taken being in this position three or four weeks ago? Absolutely,” Spieth said. “The wheels could have come off but I’ve taken a lot of punches on this course and I told Michael [Greller, his caddie] that I’m good for a double bogey or some bogeys here, so let’s make these the only ones. It was a nice rebound on the back nine.” For England, Rose made six birdies which negated the four bogeys and will still be confident of going one better than 12 months ago. Playing alongside Woods and Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood fared commendably with a second 72 to leave him on level par. Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey all made it through to the weekend, although only just on five-over. Masters 2018: Lee Westwood's Augusta course guide The big loser of this second day was Phil Mickelson who fired a 79 to topple back to five-over. After his first title in five years at last month’s WGC-Mexico, the 47-year-old had hope of becoming the Masters’ oldest ever champion. And when Mickelson moved to three-under with a birdie on the second, the galleries sensed history could indeed be afoot. Alas, it was to go badly awry for the three-time champion, as he took a triple-bogey on the ninth, after hitting a tree, and a double-bogey on the 12th. “There’s a fine line between wanting it so bad and then also letting it happen,” Mickelson said. “As you get older you feel a little bit more pressure each one because you don’t feel as though you have an unlimited number of events. I thought this was a great year, a great opportunity.” At least Mickelson made the cut, which was more than defending champion Sergio Garcia could boast. After his record-breaking 13 on the 15th in the first round, the Spaniard slumped to a 78 to finish on 15 under, with only two behind in the 87-man field. 12:45AM Route-66 for Reed Ball back in the stance, hands forward...very nicely done from Reed as he chips up to within a foot or so and secures a final par four. Patrick Reed leads the Masters at the halfway stage. Nine-under through two rounds is some going with only 17 players in red figures. Marc Leishman is his closest challenger at seven-under, but what a roll-call behind him: Spieth, McIlroy, Stenson, Dustin and Justin Thomas. Could be some Saturday. That's all from me, see you tomorrow for more of the same! 12:38AM Reed on 18 Reed shows no sign of blinking as he dispatches another iron shot straight at the target. But it comes up a little shy, and the 18th green's false front takes it off the front edge. There is a little bit of helping breeze at 18, but sometimes that can actually knock the ball down before it reaches the top of its flight and the ball ends up flying less distance - counterintuitively. 12:34AM Stenson will play with Rory tomorrow A big finish by Henrik Stenson after a wobble at the start of the back nine. He is in the hutch at five-under and will partner Rory McIlroy tomorrow by my calculations. 12:27AM Slow play still a problem There has been some great golf played today, particularly by Reed, but by god has it been slow. Reed's group have just cleaned up on the 17th and have been out there for five hours and 25 minutes. Ian Poulter had some words to say on the issue earlier today. 12:23AM Reed escapes More trouble for Reed, who hits a big hook off the 17th tee and finds himself up against a tree. Tries to sling another big draw to get it up near the green and it's not bad...pin high but off the green on the right. Runs up there and plays a lovely pitch to within a few feet. Should make his four. His playing partner Henrik Stenson birdies, moves to five-under. 12:20AM The weather could turn nasty tomorrow A little bit of magic from Justin Thomas at the last who uses the slope behind the pin to save his par. Looked like it might be a hole-out but from the fairway bunker he will take a four. Sergio Garcia signs for a 78. Despite missing the cut he will hang around for the weekend to present this year's winner with the green jacket. We're hearing rain and strong winds could be on the way tomorrow. 12:11AM Back to 16 Spoke to soon there...Reed misses his par putt so that's the lead back to nine-under. The players watching from their rented houses or hotel rooms will be hoping he drops a couple more over the last two holes. I should add that Marc Leishman got up and down from the left of 18, so he leads in the clubhouse at seven-under. 12:08AM Tiger Woods in for a 75 No birdie at 18 for Tiger as another putt slides by, finishes four-over for the tournament. But he is through to the weekend which did look in jeopardy for a while. Reed is the latest player to face that long up-hiller at 16...makes a fine job of it but comically runs up to mark his ball before it rolls back to his feet. 12:02AM Ovation for Woods at the last 12:01AM REED TO 10-UNDER Back at 16, that's a very good return putt from Stenson to keep him and four-under, while Justin Thomas has parred the 17th to stay at three-under. And Reed gets up and down from the back of 15 - another birdie and that moves him three clear at 10-under par. Leishman has semi-recovered at the last, sending an iron shot to the left of the green. Pitch and putt for his par. 162 left for Tiger, he is eyeing another iron shot up and down and it is a good one. For the first time this week he's looked comfortable out there over the last six holes or so. Will have around 15-feet for birdie. 11:54PM Off the 18th tee we go Marc Leishman loves to fade the ball which suits the shape of Augusta's 18th...but he has over cut this one and it drifts into the trees on the right. Tommy Fleetwood, even par for the week, hits a solid three-wood down the right hand side. Now Tiger...three-wood and that's another one right up the middle. The right decision to leave driver in the bag and take the bunker's out of play. He's hit the ball better than his score suggests on the back-nine. 11:50PM To the 15th Tiger's birdie putt at the 17th just slides by, but barring a disaster at 18 he should be around for the weekend. To Reed, who was in perfect position to attack the 15th in two. 204 yards remaining, but his iron shot travels a little too far and that will leave a tricky chip over the apron. 11:43PM Round-up Paul Casey taps-in at the 18th to finish at five-over but Hideki Matsuyama three-putts to drop back to even par. Justin Thomas lags a long birdie putt up that huge slope at the 16th and that's enough to stay at three-under. Up ahead at the 17th, Marc Leishman has missed the green right but Tommy Fleetwood is safely aboard. Now Tiger...and that's a beauty. Controlled his trajectory well with the wind whipping around and will have about 15 feet for birdie. 11:37PM More drama at the fifteenth Bubba Watson takes on the tight, front-right pin but cuts it a little too much and it drifts off the front edge and it finds the water. Tiger has hit a good drive down the seventeeth, while Patrick Reed squeezes a lovely little fade down the 15th to keep it away from the trees. 11:29PM The scene at the 16th green Good looking putt from the fringe at 16 by Tiger, but it runs past by a good eight-feet or so. Leishman's slippery birdie putt from above the hole drifts by too. In the battle to make the cut, not the battle Tiger had in mind at the start of the week, Tiger's putt slips past. Bat to four-over. So many iron shots have been bang on on-line today but have just flown a little long. 11:24PM Reed to nine-under Much like Spieth yesterday afternoon, this is flawless golf from Patrick Reed. Hits another short-iron stiff at the 14th and it is a kick-in birdie. 11:22PM To the 16th Tiger is eyeing up and down his tee shot on the 16th....not for the first time it flies a little long and comes to rest at the back edge. He is a couple of shots inside the cut-line as we stand though, so should make it to the weekend. 11:18PM Leishman makes his move This is grease lightning from the back of 15...Tiger has the putter on it from the fringe. Judges that well, will have about two-and-a-half-feet for another birdie. Leishman over that eagle putt after his majestic second....makes it! He will pick up some Augusta crystal. That moves him to within one of Reed. Tiger makes no mistake. Back to three-over. 11:14PM Stenson move Bubba goes close to another birdie at 14, but he stays at three-under. Henrik Stenson goes one better to move back to get back to four-under. Patrick Reed in good shape after another thumping drive down the same hole. 11:10PM REED BIRDIE The wedge shot from Reed was excellent and he converts for a four at 13. Back to eight-under. 11:09PM Tiger's turn A less extreme version of what Leishman played....and that is another excellent shot. Wraps his right hand over to get the ball moving left in the air, you can see the spin when it lands on the green. Releases out to the back fringe. 11:07PM Brilliant Leishman Quite brilliant from Marc Leishman at the 15th. His drive drifted a little left so he had to work his second around the trees with a slinging draw, a huge draw of more than 30 yards. Over water. What bravery, and it pays off as the ball makes the journey by a couple of feet and feeds down to inside 10 feet. Great eagle chance. 11:04PM Cut rules Just checking up on the rules regarding the cut: 'Following the second round, golfers with the low 50 scores, plus ties, plus any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead, advance to play the final two rounds.' 11:02PM Reed out of trouble Stenson unhappy at the 14th, the driver is dropped to the ground. Looks like he caught that out of the neck. Reed managed to advance his ball up the 13th from the right trees. Will have a wedge shot for his third on this par-five. 10:58PM Justin Thomas chips in - a few players making a move Tiger on the 15th tee...that's a much better drive than yesterday. Hugs the left side of the fairway a little but might be far enough up that the overhanging branches are not a problem. Bubba Watson picks up another birdie at 13 - the two time champion moves to three-under. And another man on the move is Justin Thomas who chips in from out the back of 14 for successive birdies. 10:54PM Phil the thrill Phil Mickelson's 79 was disappointing and surprising in equal measure. Read about his day here with Sam Dean, who we have kept very busy at Augusta this week. 10:52PM Reed pushes his tee shot at 13 Reed has blocked his drive on the 13th...not a good hole to lose your trusty right-to-left shape on. The ball comes to rest on the pine straw and he might be blocked out by the trees. 10:51PM Solid pars Pars on the card for Woods at 14, and Reed at 14. Woods' fate is linked to Reed's. Augusta operate a 10-shot rule meaning you must be within 10 shots of the lead to make it through to the weekend. Fleetwood had a great chance for a birdie at 14, but a gust of wind pushed him out of balance. 10:44PM Better from Woods Tiger flies his second shot at the 14th right over the pin, and will have 30-feet for birdie. That pin is guarded by a huge swale short, so an understandable shot. Justin Thomas birdies 15 to move into red figures. 10:43PM More trouble at 12 Hoffman's tee shot on 12 barely makes it half-way across Rae's Creek. Must have caught a gust of wind. That'll be his excuse anyway. What a hole this 150-odd yard little devil is. Credit: Reuters 10:37PM Driving exhibition at 14 Tiger stands up and smokes a driver down the 14th, that is in perfect position. Not much more than a wedge left for his second as he tries to work his way back into proceedings. Tommy Fleetwood has also nailed a lovely draw right down the middle. 10:34PM Nerves of steel Well done Patrick Reed, held his nerve over an eight-foot par putt. The lead stays at seven-under. 10:32PM Reed too bold as Tiger birdies Woods over his eagle putt at 13...and he judges it beautifully. That's a birdie - his first on the par-fives this week. Back to four-over. Leishman also makes a birdie four there to move to six-under. Stenson has been stymied at the 12th, and looks set to drop a shot. Reed is heavy-handed with his birdie putt at the 11th and has a tester coming up to save par and avoid back-to-back bogeys. 10:27PM No relation to young Patrick 10:25PM Smart Reed Leishman takes on the 13th in two and pulls it a little into the bowl Rory was in earlier thru the back of the green. Smart play on the 11th by Reed who finds the middle of the green. Stenson hits a horrible pull on the 12th and goes well long, but it bounces back from the bank into the bunker. Very nicely done from Woods on 13, finds the middle of the green with a seven iron from a hanging lie. It's not been all bad from Tiger, but you cannot make this many unforced errors at the majors. 10:17PM Henrik Stenson chips in Sergio Garcia, 14-over par, has found the back bunker at 12. In his battle to make the cut, Tiger bombs a driver over the corner on the par-five 13th. Looks in decent position. Lovely drive from Reed down the 11th into position A1. Down at the green Stenson chips-in from just shy of the front edge and that moves him to four-under. 10:14PM Brilliant Bubba How about that from Bubba Watson. Takes a leaf from Tiger's book and plays a magnificent recover around the trees. For him it's a draw rather than a slice as a left-hander, and he wraps his left hand over the shaft and works it fully 30-yards laterally through the air. He is still at two-under. Reed's par putt slips past, and he is back to seven-under. 10:09PM Nice splash out from Reed Very nice bunker shot from Patrick Reed back on the 10th, gets it past the hole and will have an uphill putt to save his par. 10:07PM Tiger steadies himself Patrick Reed turns with a three-shot lead, but blocks his second shot into the tenth and finished in the greenside bunker on the right. Give Woods his credit, after repeating the cardinal sin of yesterday and finding Rae's Creek on 12, plays a beautiful pitch after taking a drop and has a chance to save bogey. 10:03PM Tiger finds a watery grave Lovely shot from Leishman sets up a birdie chance at the 12th. Tiger up next...he's inside the cut line but needs to be careful. Was in the water here yesterday short...and DOES IT AGAIN! That's a terrible mistake with a nine iron, as soon as he hit it the hand was off the club. Pushed it well right. Gives it a 'f****** idiot', as he stands on the tee. 9:59PM The winds is swirling at the 12th Tiger couldn't quite manage the birdie at the 11th, but a four there is always a good score. Leishman and Fleetwood also made pars. Woods gets a standing ovation from the fans who have gathered on the 12th tee. 9:53PM Vintage Tiger For all Tiger's scruffy play, that is why he keeps us all watching. Was caught in the right-semi on the 11th and had overhanging tree trouble, meaning he had to aim at the water and hold on to a low fade with a three-iron. A quite magnificent shot, that bored through the wind and ran up to around 20 feet from the pin. 9:51PM Birdie Reed! The lead is now eight-under Not bad from Hoffman, he has a chance to save par. Zach Johnson bogey's the difficult 11 to drop back to the one-under. Adam Hadwin was fortunate to stay close to the ninth green where so many have fallen back down the slope. He should turn at three-under. On the same hole - Reed rolls in another birdie at the end of another mistake-free hole. The lead is now eight-under. 9:46PM The chasing pack Bubba Watson is in the picture at two-under through 10 holes. A surprising challenger is Charlie Hoffman at five-under but he is in the woods right at nine. Punches out to the left of the greenside bunkers and that will be a delicate third. Henrik Stenson is in the thick of things, and makes the turn at four-under. 9:35PM Reed rolls along Not to be for Justin Rose at 18, but that's an acceptable par and he is in the clubhouse at two-under. World No.1 Dustin Johnson goes one better by birdieing and finishes at three-under, and a 68 is some going in these conditions. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has made another birdie at the eighth. He extends his lead to two and is now seven-under. 9:33PM Justin and Dustin Justin Rose is making his way up the last, and he's a player you want to favour when conditions stiffen. An excellent approach leaves a 15-footer for birdie. Playing partner Dustin Johnson is ridiculously far down there, just a flick with a sand wedge leaves him inside Rose. Tiger lags his birdie putt down nicely at the 10th. 9:27PM Birdie for Stenson Not heard too much about Henrik Stenson, but that's an easy two-putt birdie on the eighth that moves him back to four-under. And Reed has found the middle of that par-five green in two. Tiger left his tee shot at 10 out to the right slightly, and it hangs up on the downslope rather than turning around the corner. Excellent shot in, right into the heart of the green. He needs to get past the 12th without dropping any more shots. There are chances on the way in. 9:22PM Catch up with Poulter Here's Sam Dean with latest on Ian Poulter who is fighting to make the cut. 9:19PM Dustin escapes You can doubt his distance control and wedge game, but you cannot doubt Tiger's heart. Rolls in lengthy par putt down the hill at nine and he turns in 39. Not what he needed. Dustin Johnson has escaped with a par at from the right trees - he is our man's Jamie Corrigan's tip for the week. 9:14PM Spieth in the house Jordan Spieth has tapped-in at 18 for a 74, which given he was three-over after two holes is an admirable effort. He is still firmly in contention at four-under for the tournament. That's only two back, currently. 9:09PM Tiger comes up short Tiger has hit plenty of good drives this week with the big stick, often his nemesis, and is in perfect position at the ninth. A perilous front pin position at the ninth, and he tries to punch one in to avoid backspin. The breeze knocks it down however, and that doesn't make it up the front back. That's in Greg Norman country. Partick Reed has birdied the seventh, and now leads on his own at six-under. 9:04PM Paul Hayward on Rory Rory McIlroy is finished for the day, so read Paul Hayward's assessment on a difficult second round but one which he will gain plenty of confidence from. His short-distance putting has been impressive, keeping the momentum with several significant par putts over the first few days. We know he can shoot the lights out when conditions favour, but McIlroy is now showing he can hang tough. 8:59PM Another par-five gone for Tiger My word, Dustin forgets what course he is playing for a second and bolts his putt past the hole and all the way down to the front section of the green. He had a 15-foot birdie putt, and now faces a 60-foot par putt. And would you believe it...he's drained it. Never in doubt, no pictures on the scorecard. Tiger played a delicious flop shot at the eight, but another putt misses. Six par-fives played, six pars for him this week. 8:55PM Rory in for a 71 A McIlroy club twirl is usually a good sign...but not on this occasion as his putt slides past at 18. A birdie would have been a bonus however, and dinner will taste good after a sound 71 in dicey conditions. 8:53PM Great second from Rory Tiger has put himself in a nasty little spot on the eighth after that crunching drive, his long iron second comes up short and left leaving him a pitch over a huge hillock. 'You're better than that', curses Spieth as his second runs off the right-hand side of 17. Aggressive tee shpt from Dustin Johnson at 16 finds the top level and rests against the back fringe - about 15 feet from the pin. McIlroy sends his second at 18 arrowing over the flag and it stops on the second bounce. Impeccable strike, but a bigger bounce forward and it might have rolled all the way back from the top of the slope. 8:46PM Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar finish up Just a par for McIlroy at 17 as his putt runs by, but that will do just fine for the man chasing a career Grand Slam. Dustin Johnson three-putted at the 15th to let a birdie put slip past. 2007 champions Zach Johnson scoots a wedge in close at the eighth and will move to three under. Back to Rory, you could not place his ball in a better position at 18. A towering power-fade off the teed has in him in the mayor's office with not much more than a wedge in. Disappointing day for Mickelson, who taps in at the last for a 79, fiver-over for the Championship. Kuchar fritters one away at the last - he's in at one-under. Rickie Fowler will sign for 72 that leaves him two-under for the tournament. 8:40PM Keep an eye on Dustin Johnson A huge roar echoed around the course just then, an Augusta trademark. Dustin Johnson is on the 15th in two, and a two-putt birdie would move the World No.1 to within two of the lead. Spieth has fought on admirably after a horrible start, and stays three-under for the championship. Tiger needs to get something going, and he pummels a drive down the par-five eighth that carries the bunker on the right. Really went after that one, you can always tell when he recoils and the club slams against his back at the finish. 8:36PM Superb up-and-down by Leishman Leishman was in among the patrons and the pines ar seven, but hit a huge slice around the timber to get his ball back in play. Used the slope behind the hole to leave himself an eight-footer for par, which he makes...that's some escape. Justin Rose has found the difficult 11th in regulation. Now Rory at 17, another drive dispatched down the fairway and his second with a wedge is pin high. Another birdie chance coming up. Mickelson is playing the last and is five-over. Woods was unlucky his second at seven was not a kick-in birdie, but he cleans up for par. 8:32PM Solid for Rory at 16 Very solid lag-putt from Rory, a safe par three at 16. Patrick Reed has dropped a shot at four so he and Leishman are our leaders at five-under. Tiger's second and the seventh was inches away from spinning back down towards the pin but it stayed up in the fringe. Justin Thomas is going along quietly at at one-under, while Vijay Singh is defying his advancing years at two under for the tournament. Here's that tricky pin at 16, what you cannot see is the significant ridge that runs through the green. 8:21PM The 16th is trick today It's the week's hardest pin position on the 16th, perched on the ledge in the back portion of the green. Rory plays it safe and finds the middle of the green, and will back himself to two-putt from the lower tier. There is no future past this pin. 8:19PM Just a par for Rory Marvellous touch from Woods - should escape with a par at the sixth. Lovely hands on that pitch shot. Just a apar at 15 for Rory, but could easily have been in the water long so that is acceptable. His patience today has been admirable, keeping himself in the mix on a tough day. Leishman makes par at six, but Reed has work to do for a par three at the tough fourth. 8:12PM Tiger on the cut-line as things stand Woods did get up and down from sand to salvage a six, but that moves him back to four-over over for the tournament. Is a little bold with his tee-shot at the par-three six and faces another chip. Rory flipped his second shot into the par-five 15th, and understandably leaves his pitch back on the fringe with the water awaiting an over hit attempt. 8:06PM Full coverage under way Patrick Reed is on the charge...three birdies right out of the gate moves him into the lead at six-under par. Back to Tiger, he took a drop in the trees at five and punched into a greenside bunker. Up and down for a double bogey. Jordan Spieth has steadied the ship and birdied the 13th. After a par at 14, he is three-under for the tournament - very much still in this. Dustin Johnson birdies the 13th also, he is stalking the field and moves to two-under. 7:54PM RORY BIRDIE Woods did make his par at four, but is now in all kinds of trouble at the fifth after his second shot finds a bush through the back of the green. McIlroy birdies the 14th to move to four-under, likely to be the new tournament favourite. 7:40PM RORY BIRDIE Another good stroke from McIlroy, and he slides in a trick birdie putt at the 13th. He moves to three-under, well positioned only two off the lead. Tiger does well to give himself a chance of a par, he was in a treacherous spot. He was four off the lead on the first tee, but has that to stay within seven. 7:35PM Round-up Well-judged chip at the 13th from Rory leaves about 10 feet for birdie. Henrik Stenson birdies the par-five second to make an early move to four-under. More Tiger trouble at the fourth, he pulls his tee shot, de-lofting the club sending it long - almost on the fifth tee-shot. Tough up and down from there. 7:26PM Doing things the hard way Tommy Fleetwood has gone under the radar here, two birdies in his first three holes moves him to two-under. Rory has been a little bold with his second into the 13th, find that devilish little bowl through the back of the green. A quick chip awaits back towards Rae's Creek. Leishman picks up another birdie at the third, and he leads on his own at five-under. 7:21PM Another par for Woods Tiger hits a nifty little pitch on the third, and it rolls around six feet past the hole. A great chance to get one back. But a nasty little left-to-right putt slips past the cup and Tiger stays at two-over. Rory McIlroy blasts a drive over the corner at the 13th, and will have only a mid-iron for his second on the par-five. Patrick Reed has birdied the first - he joins Leishman and Cabrera Bello at four-under. 7:12PM Rose on the move Long-hitting Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello has birdied to 10th to join Leishman at four-under. And fireworks on the same hole as Justin Rose holes his third from the greenside bunker for a birdie, two in three holes for the 2013 US Open champ and he moves to two-under. 7:06PM New leader... Marc Leishman rolls in a birdie four at the second, and he hits the front at four-under. Not cigar for Tiger, and that's a fifth straight par at the par-fives. But positive developments at the third, absolutley smokes a drive down there and nearly drives the green. 7:02PM Sloppy wedge-play with Tiger Tiger had just 75 yards for his third, but it does not spin back after he throws it past the pin. That is not a realistic birdie putt, more like two for a par. 6:54PM Leishman birdies, Mickelson bogeys Tiger's tee-shot at the second finds the fairway via one of the pine trees on the left. Phil Mickelson has dropped another shot at the 11th to sink back to one-over. Another par for Kuchar and he stays at three-under alongside Weisberger, Cabrera-Bello and Leishman who birdied the first. And a host of others. Tiger's shot was 330 yards from the green, but he hits a big draw down there to leave himself a wedge for his third. 6:49PM Rory staying in touch A seventh successive par for Rory McIlroy after a four at the 10th. This is good stuff from him - showing a patience he has sometimes been accused of lacking in tough conditions, stays two-under 6:44PM Spieth out in four-over Jordan Spieth turns in 40, two-under for the tournament. That is the first time in his Masters career he has played the front-side without a birdie. Tiger stubs his chip, barely getting it to the green, and settles for a two-putt bogey. 22nd career bogey/worse on 1st hole for Woods, tying his 2nd-most on any hole at Augusta. He's made 24 on the 4th hole.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 6:39PM Loose second by Tiger Woods misses the first green with little more than a sand wedge in his hand, will have a delicate chip to save par. Mickelson, like the great champion he is, bounces back from a seven at the ninth with birdie at the 10th. Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Cabrera-Bello all birdie the eighth. They are one-under, one-under and three-under respectively. 6:32PM Tiger Woods is on the course Woods has a history of bad tee shots at Augusta's first, but that's more like it. Finds the fairway with driver after missing left with three-wood yesterday. Mark Leishman is in Woods' group and he played some great stuff yesterday. Take a par four an run to the next. Although a three would be nice... Interestingly, his mother followed him round yesterday - as she used to do when he was a wee boy in junior golf. That's either lovely and warming or ever so slightly over-bearing depending on your perspective. 6:25PM Rory turns for home Rory McIlroy has reached the turn in 37, two-under for the tournament. Given the tricky pin positions and increasing breeze, that's no catastrophe. Two reachable par-fives coming home for him to reassert himself. Matt Kuchar has also just played the ninth and turns at three-under. 6:19PM Mickelson disaster Bogey for Ricky Fowler at the ninth, and he falls back to two-under, but that's nothing on Phil Mickelson who has taken a triple-bogey seven at the ninth. What a kick in the guts that is. His tee-shot finished in an unplayable spot and he was forced to take a drop under penalty. 6:13PM In less than 15 minutes... Credit: AP 6:09PM More woe for Spieth Just a par at eight for McIlroy to stay at two-under, but Jordan Spieth has dropped another shot at the seventh to join Rory on that score. A missed green in regulation for Spieth but this time his majestic short-game failed to get him out of jail. 6:03PM We have a new leader That man Weisberger has backed up his birdie at the second with another at the third, and he leads on his own at four-under. Did anyone pick him out at the start of the week? 5:57PM A new name emerges Birdie for Rickie Fowler at the par-five eighth and he joins the huddle of players sharing the lead at three-under, who are also joined by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger after his birdie at the second. Kuchar only manages a par at the eighth, and Mickelson also makes five to stay at two-under. 5:53PM Par at seven for Rory - stays two-under Nervous times for Rory after that bogey at the sixth, and he has to scramble for par at the seventh. Found the left trees from the tee, bunted it out but pitched and putted for a par four. Stays at two-under. A survival mission at the moment. 5:50PM Better from Spieth Jordan Spieth seems to have got his act together, and puts another par on the card at the sixth. The 2015 champion remains at three-under. On another note trying walking into your local wearing a pair of these tonight...you'll be as brave a man as Yuta Ikeda. Credit: Getty Images 5:42PM The main group reach the eighth Mickelson has found the bunker from the tee at the par five but Fowler and Kuchar are in-play. The projected cut is at seven-over currently. 5:29PM Who said tour players don't care about the crowd? Credit: AP Professionals are frequently criticised (rightly) for not shouting FORE after errant shots, and McIlroy looks genuinely concerned about the damage this wayward Adam Scott effort could do. In Rory news, he has dropped a shot at the par-three sixth to drop back to two-under. 5:23PM Rock solid Rory A solid four at the fifth from Rory to stay at three under. In the fairway, on the green and two putts. Holes four thru 12 are the toughest stretch at Augusta National. Play those in par and you can feel satisfied. 5:20PM A good omen for Tiger? Tiger Woods as a pro in #TheMasters: 1st round: 71.9 scoring average, -1 2nd round: 70.3 scoring average, -30— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 5:18PM Dustin on the move Dustin Johnson bogeyed the par-five second yesterday, but has EAGLED it today. That jumps him up to one-under and only two shots back. Justin Rose is plodding along in Johnson's group at even-par. Mickelson is in perfect position at seven after a 326-yard drive but Kucar may have found the left pine needles. 5:14PM There are eight players tied for the lead at three-under They are: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Henrik Stenson, Charlie Hoffman, Adam Hadwin and Patrick Reed. The final three names are yet to tee off. A jam-packed Masters leaderboard. 5:05PM Ian Poulter at risk of missing the cut Amen Corner has been unkind to Ian Poulter, a double bogey at the 11th sees the Englishman fall back to to five-over. A reminder that the halfway cut at Augusta is decided by the 'ten-shot' rule - so if you are within 10 shots (inclusive) of the leader after two rounds you're through to the weekend. 'Poults' won in dramatic fashion last week to earn a place at the Masters Credit: Reuters 4:57PM It seems tough out there A few of those players around even-par or one-over, *cough* Tiger Woods, might be encouraged that the leaders are coming back to them. McIlroy drops a shot at the fourth, and Kuchar does a same at the fifth meaning the pair are tied for the lead at three-under. More escapology from Mickelson who goes from bunker to bunker on five but splashes out superbly to save his par. Vintage Phil and he is now only one shot back. Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also well placed at two-under. 4:53PM Those bunkers at the fifth I was talking about... Credit: AP 4:50PM A settler Spieth responds with a safe par four at the third. Mickelson has found one of those hellish bunkers on the left corner of the fifth, but playing partners Kuchar and Fowler are on the cut stuff. 4:47PM Mickelson back to two-under Mickelson drops a shot at the brutal par-three fourth, but he will not be the last player to so at the 240-yard hole. Imagine trying to stop a three-iron on the deck of an aircraft carrier from a tee placed more than 20 feet above the surface. Yeah, it's like that. Good start for Jon Rahm who is two-under thru three - back to one-over for the championship. 4:38PM More trouble for Spieth Hooks his drive into the pines left on the par-five second and the putter failed to get the American out of trouble, missing a five-footer for par. That's a bogey six on one of the easier holes on the course. In real terms he has dropped 1.5 shots on the field. Back to three-under. Nobody, except the golfing gods, would have predicted this. Spieth looked sublime yesterday. 4:34PM RORY BIRDIE Not much happening for Ian Poulter, he reaches the turn at three over for the tournament. After last week's heroics at the Houston Open, just being at Augusta is an almighty bonus. Haotong Li has gone backwards - four-over thru seven holes. Tony Finau is also off to a slow start, falling back to two-under for the tournament - two-over for round two. Steady as she goes for three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson who is one-under thru three. And there's a birdie three for Rory at the short-par four third! Has a share of the lead with Spieth and Kuchar. That's what Iain Dowie would call bouncebackability. Rory bounced back from a bad start Credit: AP 4:22PM Rory bounce back McIlroy gets that shot straight back with a birdie at the par-five second. He should be targetting three-under per round on the four 'five-pars' as they call them across the pond. 4:19PM Hope for the rest? Dan Zeqiri here, back for day two of the Masters where the leaderboard looks appetising. Early drama to sweep up before we go further. Rory McIlroy bogeyed the first to drop back to three-under, but more importantly Jordan Spieth took six down the opener. The first at Augusta always ranks in the top five hardest holes off the week - a 445-yard par four that is a stiff examination particularly with breeze against. 4:05PM Tip coming in... @CharlieFelix if @henrikstenson keeps the putter hot he’ll definitely be in the mix come Sunday afternoon. His iron shots were Odin-esque yesterday the Norse warrior has the game for Augusta he just needs the rub of the green on the greens & he’ll be in green!— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) April 6, 2018 Stenson's second round begins at 6.49pm BST. He's in the penultimate grouping with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. 3:30PM Tony Finau ...has dropped a shot. He bogied the first and has dropped to -3. Credit: Getty Images 3:08PM Two-shot swing Jimmy Walker sinks a second consecutive birdie as Ian Poulter drops back to par for the day with a bogey at the par-three fourth. 2:52PM Tuning up Nice insight here on Jordan Spieth's warm-up routine. 57 putts. 4 drives. Go inside the warm-up of first-round leader, @JordanSpieth. pic.twitter.com/p02cXQIW7Z— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 6, 2018 2:36PM Up and down Very eventful Friday morning for US amateur Doug Ghim thus far. He has backed up a double bogey on the first with back-to-back birdies on the second and third. Ghim finished yesterday's round with an eagle at the 18th. 2:33PM Strong start for Ian Poulter He's birdied the par five second and is back to one over for the Championship. 2:29PM Gallery What a perch, just overlooking the ninth green. Credit: AP 2:06PM Not just a bad dream No prizes for guessing whose entry this is. Credit: Getty Images 1:58PM Interested observers The fans are filing in at Augusta. Credit: AP 1:52PM Tracking Tiger Tiger Woods begins today on one over, but that could have easily been far rosier. Take a look through the highlights of his first round. Watch @TigerWoods' first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/wB1vc9KDq2— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 If you missed these goodies earlier this week, he's a graphic on how the 42 year-old has remodeled his swing: Tiger Woods' remodelled swing And here is James Corrigan's piece on his resurgence: The inside story of Tiger Woods' astonishing comeback 1:42PM Man of the people Another nice shot from the opening day, here. Tony Finau will never forget his first appearance at the Masters. His ankle stood up well enough for him to card a 68 yesterday. Credit: REUTERS 1:30PM Round two pin placement Pin placement information for the second round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/qCDuNFbwgq— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 1:14PM Classy An excellent response from Sergio Garcia. What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man!�� https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 6, 2018 12:53PM Omen? Jordan Spieth will, obviously, be hoping to defy this trend. This is the 11th time in the last 40 years that a past champion of #TheMasters has led/co-led after the 1st round. None of the previous 10 went on to win. Last to do it: Jack Nicklaus in 1972.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 6, 2018 12:47PM Golden oldies A lovely image from yesterday. Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus (78) and Gary Player (82) share a joke. Credit: REUTERS Just the 27 majors between them. 12:38PM What a shot This was a freakishly good putt by Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th yesterday. This is the best putt you'll see today. #theMasterspic.twitter.com/C7A5MbVp5k— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 5, 2018 The South African, who tied for second back in 2012, recorded a one-under round. 12:17PM Back to it A champion in 2015, Jordan Spieth starts day two at Augusta with a two-shot lead courtesy of a six-under round to start the tournament. This is a helpful round-up of that strong opening from Spieth. He eagled the eighth and fired five birdies in succession on the back nine to card a 66 and end up two shots ahead of Tony Finau, remarkably fit enough to compete a day after dislocating his ankle, and Matt Kuchar. Watch @JordanSpieth's first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/4wji7Vnsoh— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 Just as Spieth excelled, Sergio Garcia sank to a disastrous round of 81 that featured a 13 (THIRTEEN) on the par five 15th hole. He put five balls in the water. You can read the view of golf correspondent James Corrigan right here. "From green jacket to straitjacket" is an exceptional line. Credit: AP This is a lovely, interactive illustration of the hole - named 'Firethorn' - that hosted the Spaniard's capitulation. Not that Garcia will be too keen to examine it. Augusta hole 15 We are about an hour and a half away from the the start of day two. England's Ian Poulter is in one of the earliest groupings, going off at 1.52pm BST. Tiger Woods begins his second round, all being well, at 6.27pm. Let the Masters video team gee you up. Welcome to Friday at #themasters. pic.twitter.com/4jO8YzknxL— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018
Patrick Reed races through the field and leads by two Tiger Woods struggles to 75 but makes the cut The Masters 2018 tee times for round three including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods​ Follow the live leaderboard Dustin Johnson finds momentum to fire his way into contention 'Fatigued' Ian Poulter struggles for rhythm with erratic display Patrick Reed has slipped the field, but such is the quality of the names in the chasing pack – including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson – that hopes remain high that all the hype of this being an all-time classic Masters will be justified. European Ryder Cup fans know all about Reed’s tenacity and will be concerned that this great team player will be difficult to see off in the individual arena after his startling second-round 66 which took him to nine-under and into a two-shot lead over the Australian Marc Leishman. The 27-year-old famously held his finger to his lips an told the galleries to “shush” in the heat of the Gleneagles match in 2014 and here he has threatened to mute the superstar roars. The young, belligerent Texan has a chequered history, with whispers of impropriety in his college days, but there can no doubting his candidature. Reed’s credentials were written all over a scorecard featuring nine birdies on a day when Augusta National bared its teeth. Leishman, the 2015 Open runner-up, was the only rival able to keep pace with his 67. Yet these are early days and the thought of Europe’s young four-time major champion, McIlroy, taking on America’s young three-time major champion, Spieth, is too delicious a thought to avoid. They are in a tie for fourth on four-under, one behind Henrik Stenson, the Swede who affords this leaderboard yet more lustre. The world No 1 and No 2, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, are one further back on three-under, while on two-under sit Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and two-time champion Bubba Watson. As Rose said after his 70, “wow, there are big names all over that scoreboard”. Tiger Woods is not one of these, but he did make the cut after a 75. On four-over, it will be a miracle if the 42-year-old wins, but then as he said earlier in the week “I am a walking miracle” and golf should simply to be happy to have him on show on a major weekend after his remarkable comeback from his crippling back problems. Of McIlroy and Spieth, the former obviously has the right to be the more content. The Ulsterman, seeking to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, fired a 71 with a back-nine 34. It was not been Tiger's day on Friday at Augusta Credit: Reuters “I was one over for the front nine so to shoot two under on the back nine, I would have taken that on the 10th tee,” McIlroy said. “But the way I played I hit some good shots and gave myself putts for birdies. It felt like I left a couple out there on 17 and 18 so I could have shot something in the 60s, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with how I played. I’m in a nice position.” Of course, McIlroy is painfully aware how quickly this revered course can taketh away having earlier been so generous and he will have understood Spieth’s predicament as well as eyeing Reed with intent. Better than anyone, Spieth sums up the duplicitous nature of this unique challenge. After 17 holes of his first round, the 2015 champion – who famously blew it a year later when five clear with nine remaining – was on seven-under and in apparent cruise-control, having reeled off five birdies in succession. And how did his next three holes pan out? Bogey, double bogey, bogey. Rory McIlroy winces as Adam Scott sends a tee-shot into the crowd Credit: Reuters After his five on the 18th the previous evening, Spieth looked nervous from the off, slicing his drive off the par-four first into the trees and making a six as a result. On the par-five second, he three-putted for another six and was seemingly in a spiral. Yet Spieth, Reed’s Ryder Cup partner, valiantly calmed himself and played the next 16 holes in two-under for a 74. “I got a little brain-dead to start but to still be in the tournament after two rounds, would I have taken being in this position three or four weeks ago? Absolutely,” Spieth said. “The wheels could have come off but I’ve taken a lot of punches on this course and I told Michael [Greller, his caddie] that I’m good for a double bogey or some bogeys here, so let’s make these the only ones. It was a nice rebound on the back nine.” For England, Rose made six birdies which negated the four bogeys and will still be confident of going one better than 12 months ago. Playing alongside Woods and Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood fared commendably with a second 72 to leave him on level par. Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey all made it through to the weekend, although only just on five-over. Masters 2018: Lee Westwood's Augusta course guide The big loser of this second day was Phil Mickelson who fired a 79 to topple back to five-over. After his first title in five years at last month’s WGC-Mexico, the 47-year-old had hope of becoming the Masters’ oldest ever champion. And when Mickelson moved to three-under with a birdie on the second, the galleries sensed history could indeed be afoot. Alas, it was to go badly awry for the three-time champion, as he took a triple-bogey on the ninth, after hitting a tree, and a double-bogey on the 12th. “There’s a fine line between wanting it so bad and then also letting it happen,” Mickelson said. “As you get older you feel a little bit more pressure each one because you don’t feel as though you have an unlimited number of events. I thought this was a great year, a great opportunity.” At least Mickelson made the cut, which was more than defending champion Sergio Garcia could boast. After his record-breaking 13 on the 15th in the first round, the Spaniard slumped to a 78 to finish on 15 under, with only two behind in the 87-man field. 12:45AM Route-66 for Reed Ball back in the stance, hands forward...very nicely done from Reed as he chips up to within a foot or so and secures a final par four. Patrick Reed leads the Masters at the halfway stage. Nine-under through two rounds is some going with only 17 players in red figures. Marc Leishman is his closest challenger at seven-under, but what a roll-call behind him: Spieth, McIlroy, Stenson, Dustin and Justin Thomas. Could be some Saturday. That's all from me, see you tomorrow for more of the same! 12:38AM Reed on 18 Reed shows no sign of blinking as he dispatches another iron shot straight at the target. But it comes up a little shy, and the 18th green's false front takes it off the front edge. There is a little bit of helping breeze at 18, but sometimes that can actually knock the ball down before it reaches the top of its flight and the ball ends up flying less distance - counterintuitively. 12:34AM Stenson will play with Rory tomorrow A big finish by Henrik Stenson after a wobble at the start of the back nine. He is in the hutch at five-under and will partner Rory McIlroy tomorrow by my calculations. 12:27AM Slow play still a problem There has been some great golf played today, particularly by Reed, but by god has it been slow. Reed's group have just cleaned up on the 17th and have been out there for five hours and 25 minutes. Ian Poulter had some words to say on the issue earlier today. 12:23AM Reed escapes More trouble for Reed, who hits a big hook off the 17th tee and finds himself up against a tree. Tries to sling another big draw to get it up near the green and it's not bad...pin high but off the green on the right. Runs up there and plays a lovely pitch to within a few feet. Should make his four. His playing partner Henrik Stenson birdies, moves to five-under. 12:20AM The weather could turn nasty tomorrow A little bit of magic from Justin Thomas at the last who uses the slope behind the pin to save his par. Looked like it might be a hole-out but from the fairway bunker he will take a four. Sergio Garcia signs for a 78. Despite missing the cut he will hang around for the weekend to present this year's winner with the green jacket. We're hearing rain and strong winds could be on the way tomorrow. 12:11AM Back to 16 Spoke to soon there...Reed misses his par putt so that's the lead back to nine-under. The players watching from their rented houses or hotel rooms will be hoping he drops a couple more over the last two holes. I should add that Marc Leishman got up and down from the left of 18, so he leads in the clubhouse at seven-under. 12:08AM Tiger Woods in for a 75 No birdie at 18 for Tiger as another putt slides by, finishes four-over for the tournament. But he is through to the weekend which did look in jeopardy for a while. Reed is the latest player to face that long up-hiller at 16...makes a fine job of it but comically runs up to mark his ball before it rolls back to his feet. 12:02AM Ovation for Woods at the last 12:01AM REED TO 10-UNDER Back at 16, that's a very good return putt from Stenson to keep him and four-under, while Justin Thomas has parred the 17th to stay at three-under. And Reed gets up and down from the back of 15 - another birdie and that moves him three clear at 10-under par. Leishman has semi-recovered at the last, sending an iron shot to the left of the green. Pitch and putt for his par. 162 left for Tiger, he is eyeing another iron shot up and down and it is a good one. For the first time this week he's looked comfortable out there over the last six holes or so. Will have around 15-feet for birdie. 11:54PM Off the 18th tee we go Marc Leishman loves to fade the ball which suits the shape of Augusta's 18th...but he has over cut this one and it drifts into the trees on the right. Tommy Fleetwood, even par for the week, hits a solid three-wood down the right hand side. Now Tiger...three-wood and that's another one right up the middle. The right decision to leave driver in the bag and take the bunker's out of play. He's hit the ball better than his score suggests on the back-nine. 11:50PM To the 15th Tiger's birdie putt at the 17th just slides by, but barring a disaster at 18 he should be around for the weekend. To Reed, who was in perfect position to attack the 15th in two. 204 yards remaining, but his iron shot travels a little too far and that will leave a tricky chip over the apron. 11:43PM Round-up Paul Casey taps-in at the 18th to finish at five-over but Hideki Matsuyama three-putts to drop back to even par. Justin Thomas lags a long birdie putt up that huge slope at the 16th and that's enough to stay at three-under. Up ahead at the 17th, Marc Leishman has missed the green right but Tommy Fleetwood is safely aboard. Now Tiger...and that's a beauty. Controlled his trajectory well with the wind whipping around and will have about 15 feet for birdie. 11:37PM More drama at the fifteenth Bubba Watson takes on the tight, front-right pin but cuts it a little too much and it drifts off the front edge and it finds the water. Tiger has hit a good drive down the seventeeth, while Patrick Reed squeezes a lovely little fade down the 15th to keep it away from the trees. 11:29PM The scene at the 16th green Good looking putt from the fringe at 16 by Tiger, but it runs past by a good eight-feet or so. Leishman's slippery birdie putt from above the hole drifts by too. In the battle to make the cut, not the battle Tiger had in mind at the start of the week, Tiger's putt slips past. Bat to four-over. So many iron shots have been bang on on-line today but have just flown a little long. 11:24PM Reed to nine-under Much like Spieth yesterday afternoon, this is flawless golf from Patrick Reed. Hits another short-iron stiff at the 14th and it is a kick-in birdie. 11:22PM To the 16th Tiger is eyeing up and down his tee shot on the 16th....not for the first time it flies a little long and comes to rest at the back edge. He is a couple of shots inside the cut-line as we stand though, so should make it to the weekend. 11:18PM Leishman makes his move This is grease lightning from the back of 15...Tiger has the putter on it from the fringe. Judges that well, will have about two-and-a-half-feet for another birdie. Leishman over that eagle putt after his majestic second....makes it! He will pick up some Augusta crystal. That moves him to within one of Reed. Tiger makes no mistake. Back to three-over. 11:14PM Stenson move Bubba goes close to another birdie at 14, but he stays at three-under. Henrik Stenson goes one better to move back to get back to four-under. Patrick Reed in good shape after another thumping drive down the same hole. 11:10PM REED BIRDIE The wedge shot from Reed was excellent and he converts for a four at 13. Back to eight-under. 11:09PM Tiger's turn A less extreme version of what Leishman played....and that is another excellent shot. Wraps his right hand over to get the ball moving left in the air, you can see the spin when it lands on the green. Releases out to the back fringe. 11:07PM Brilliant Leishman Quite brilliant from Marc Leishman at the 15th. His drive drifted a little left so he had to work his second around the trees with a slinging draw, a huge draw of more than 30 yards. Over water. What bravery, and it pays off as the ball makes the journey by a couple of feet and feeds down to inside 10 feet. Great eagle chance. 11:04PM Cut rules Just checking up on the rules regarding the cut: 'Following the second round, golfers with the low 50 scores, plus ties, plus any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead, advance to play the final two rounds.' 11:02PM Reed out of trouble Stenson unhappy at the 14th, the driver is dropped to the ground. Looks like he caught that out of the neck. Reed managed to advance his ball up the 13th from the right trees. Will have a wedge shot for his third on this par-five. 10:58PM Justin Thomas chips in - a few players making a move Tiger on the 15th tee...that's a much better drive than yesterday. Hugs the left side of the fairway a little but might be far enough up that the overhanging branches are not a problem. Bubba Watson picks up another birdie at 13 - the two time champion moves to three-under. And another man on the move is Justin Thomas who chips in from out the back of 14 for successive birdies. 10:54PM Phil the thrill Phil Mickelson's 79 was disappointing and surprising in equal measure. Read about his day here with Sam Dean, who we have kept very busy at Augusta this week. 10:52PM Reed pushes his tee shot at 13 Reed has blocked his drive on the 13th...not a good hole to lose your trusty right-to-left shape on. The ball comes to rest on the pine straw and he might be blocked out by the trees. 10:51PM Solid pars Pars on the card for Woods at 14, and Reed at 14. Woods' fate is linked to Reed's. Augusta operate a 10-shot rule meaning you must be within 10 shots of the lead to make it through to the weekend. Fleetwood had a great chance for a birdie at 14, but a gust of wind pushed him out of balance. 10:44PM Better from Woods Tiger flies his second shot at the 14th right over the pin, and will have 30-feet for birdie. That pin is guarded by a huge swale short, so an understandable shot. Justin Thomas birdies 15 to move into red figures. 10:43PM More trouble at 12 Hoffman's tee shot on 12 barely makes it half-way across Rae's Creek. Must have caught a gust of wind. That'll be his excuse anyway. What a hole this 150-odd yard little devil is. Credit: Reuters 10:37PM Driving exhibition at 14 Tiger stands up and smokes a driver down the 14th, that is in perfect position. Not much more than a wedge left for his second as he tries to work his way back into proceedings. Tommy Fleetwood has also nailed a lovely draw right down the middle. 10:34PM Nerves of steel Well done Patrick Reed, held his nerve over an eight-foot par putt. The lead stays at seven-under. 10:32PM Reed too bold as Tiger birdies Woods over his eagle putt at 13...and he judges it beautifully. That's a birdie - his first on the par-fives this week. Back to four-over. Leishman also makes a birdie four there to move to six-under. Stenson has been stymied at the 12th, and looks set to drop a shot. Reed is heavy-handed with his birdie putt at the 11th and has a tester coming up to save par and avoid back-to-back bogeys. 10:27PM No relation to young Patrick 10:25PM Smart Reed Leishman takes on the 13th in two and pulls it a little into the bowl Rory was in earlier thru the back of the green. Smart play on the 11th by Reed who finds the middle of the green. Stenson hits a horrible pull on the 12th and goes well long, but it bounces back from the bank into the bunker. Very nicely done from Woods on 13, finds the middle of the green with a seven iron from a hanging lie. It's not been all bad from Tiger, but you cannot make this many unforced errors at the majors. 10:17PM Henrik Stenson chips in Sergio Garcia, 14-over par, has found the back bunker at 12. In his battle to make the cut, Tiger bombs a driver over the corner on the par-five 13th. Looks in decent position. Lovely drive from Reed down the 11th into position A1. Down at the green Stenson chips-in from just shy of the front edge and that moves him to four-under. 10:14PM Brilliant Bubba How about that from Bubba Watson. Takes a leaf from Tiger's book and plays a magnificent recover around the trees. For him it's a draw rather than a slice as a left-hander, and he wraps his left hand over the shaft and works it fully 30-yards laterally through the air. He is still at two-under. Reed's par putt slips past, and he is back to seven-under. 10:09PM Nice splash out from Reed Very nice bunker shot from Patrick Reed back on the 10th, gets it past the hole and will have an uphill putt to save his par. 10:07PM Tiger steadies himself Patrick Reed turns with a three-shot lead, but blocks his second shot into the tenth and finished in the greenside bunker on the right. Give Woods his credit, after repeating the cardinal sin of yesterday and finding Rae's Creek on 12, plays a beautiful pitch after taking a drop and has a chance to save bogey. 10:03PM Tiger finds a watery grave Lovely shot from Leishman sets up a birdie chance at the 12th. Tiger up next...he's inside the cut line but needs to be careful. Was in the water here yesterday short...and DOES IT AGAIN! That's a terrible mistake with a nine iron, as soon as he hit it the hand was off the club. Pushed it well right. Gives it a 'f****** idiot', as he stands on the tee. 9:59PM The winds is swirling at the 12th Tiger couldn't quite manage the birdie at the 11th, but a four there is always a good score. Leishman and Fleetwood also made pars. Woods gets a standing ovation from the fans who have gathered on the 12th tee. 9:53PM Vintage Tiger For all Tiger's scruffy play, that is why he keeps us all watching. Was caught in the right-semi on the 11th and had overhanging tree trouble, meaning he had to aim at the water and hold on to a low fade with a three-iron. A quite magnificent shot, that bored through the wind and ran up to around 20 feet from the pin. 9:51PM Birdie Reed! The lead is now eight-under Not bad from Hoffman, he has a chance to save par. Zach Johnson bogey's the difficult 11 to drop back to the one-under. Adam Hadwin was fortunate to stay close to the ninth green where so many have fallen back down the slope. He should turn at three-under. On the same hole - Reed rolls in another birdie at the end of another mistake-free hole. The lead is now eight-under. 9:46PM The chasing pack Bubba Watson is in the picture at two-under through 10 holes. A surprising challenger is Charlie Hoffman at five-under but he is in the woods right at nine. Punches out to the left of the greenside bunkers and that will be a delicate third. Henrik Stenson is in the thick of things, and makes the turn at four-under. 9:35PM Reed rolls along Not to be for Justin Rose at 18, but that's an acceptable par and he is in the clubhouse at two-under. World No.1 Dustin Johnson goes one better by birdieing and finishes at three-under, and a 68 is some going in these conditions. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has made another birdie at the eighth. He extends his lead to two and is now seven-under. 9:33PM Justin and Dustin Justin Rose is making his way up the last, and he's a player you want to favour when conditions stiffen. An excellent approach leaves a 15-footer for birdie. Playing partner Dustin Johnson is ridiculously far down there, just a flick with a sand wedge leaves him inside Rose. Tiger lags his birdie putt down nicely at the 10th. 9:27PM Birdie for Stenson Not heard too much about Henrik Stenson, but that's an easy two-putt birdie on the eighth that moves him back to four-under. And Reed has found the middle of that par-five green in two. Tiger left his tee shot at 10 out to the right slightly, and it hangs up on the downslope rather than turning around the corner. Excellent shot in, right into the heart of the green. He needs to get past the 12th without dropping any more shots. There are chances on the way in. 9:22PM Catch up with Poulter Here's Sam Dean with latest on Ian Poulter who is fighting to make the cut. 9:19PM Dustin escapes You can doubt his distance control and wedge game, but you cannot doubt Tiger's heart. Rolls in lengthy par putt down the hill at nine and he turns in 39. Not what he needed. Dustin Johnson has escaped with a par at from the right trees - he is our man's Jamie Corrigan's tip for the week. 9:14PM Spieth in the house Jordan Spieth has tapped-in at 18 for a 74, which given he was three-over after two holes is an admirable effort. He is still firmly in contention at four-under for the tournament. That's only two back, currently. 9:09PM Tiger comes up short Tiger has hit plenty of good drives this week with the big stick, often his nemesis, and is in perfect position at the ninth. A perilous front pin position at the ninth, and he tries to punch one in to avoid backspin. The breeze knocks it down however, and that doesn't make it up the front back. That's in Greg Norman country. Partick Reed has birdied the seventh, and now leads on his own at six-under. 9:04PM Paul Hayward on Rory Rory McIlroy is finished for the day, so read Paul Hayward's assessment on a difficult second round but one which he will gain plenty of confidence from. His short-distance putting has been impressive, keeping the momentum with several significant par putts over the first few days. We know he can shoot the lights out when conditions favour, but McIlroy is now showing he can hang tough. 8:59PM Another par-five gone for Tiger My word, Dustin forgets what course he is playing for a second and bolts his putt past the hole and all the way down to the front section of the green. He had a 15-foot birdie putt, and now faces a 60-foot par putt. And would you believe it...he's drained it. Never in doubt, no pictures on the scorecard. Tiger played a delicious flop shot at the eight, but another putt misses. Six par-fives played, six pars for him this week. 8:55PM Rory in for a 71 A McIlroy club twirl is usually a good sign...but not on this occasion as his putt slides past at 18. A birdie would have been a bonus however, and dinner will taste good after a sound 71 in dicey conditions. 8:53PM Great second from Rory Tiger has put himself in a nasty little spot on the eighth after that crunching drive, his long iron second comes up short and left leaving him a pitch over a huge hillock. 'You're better than that', curses Spieth as his second runs off the right-hand side of 17. Aggressive tee shpt from Dustin Johnson at 16 finds the top level and rests against the back fringe - about 15 feet from the pin. McIlroy sends his second at 18 arrowing over the flag and it stops on the second bounce. Impeccable strike, but a bigger bounce forward and it might have rolled all the way back from the top of the slope. 8:46PM Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar finish up Just a par for McIlroy at 17 as his putt runs by, but that will do just fine for the man chasing a career Grand Slam. Dustin Johnson three-putted at the 15th to let a birdie put slip past. 2007 champions Zach Johnson scoots a wedge in close at the eighth and will move to three under. Back to Rory, you could not place his ball in a better position at 18. A towering power-fade off the teed has in him in the mayor's office with not much more than a wedge in. Disappointing day for Mickelson, who taps in at the last for a 79, fiver-over for the Championship. Kuchar fritters one away at the last - he's in at one-under. Rickie Fowler will sign for 72 that leaves him two-under for the tournament. 8:40PM Keep an eye on Dustin Johnson A huge roar echoed around the course just then, an Augusta trademark. Dustin Johnson is on the 15th in two, and a two-putt birdie would move the World No.1 to within two of the lead. Spieth has fought on admirably after a horrible start, and stays three-under for the championship. Tiger needs to get something going, and he pummels a drive down the par-five eighth that carries the bunker on the right. Really went after that one, you can always tell when he recoils and the club slams against his back at the finish. 8:36PM Superb up-and-down by Leishman Leishman was in among the patrons and the pines ar seven, but hit a huge slice around the timber to get his ball back in play. Used the slope behind the hole to leave himself an eight-footer for par, which he makes...that's some escape. Justin Rose has found the difficult 11th in regulation. Now Rory at 17, another drive dispatched down the fairway and his second with a wedge is pin high. Another birdie chance coming up. Mickelson is playing the last and is five-over. Woods was unlucky his second at seven was not a kick-in birdie, but he cleans up for par. 8:32PM Solid for Rory at 16 Very solid lag-putt from Rory, a safe par three at 16. Patrick Reed has dropped a shot at four so he and Leishman are our leaders at five-under. Tiger's second and the seventh was inches away from spinning back down towards the pin but it stayed up in the fringe. Justin Thomas is going along quietly at at one-under, while Vijay Singh is defying his advancing years at two under for the tournament. Here's that tricky pin at 16, what you cannot see is the significant ridge that runs through the green. 8:21PM The 16th is trick today It's the week's hardest pin position on the 16th, perched on the ledge in the back portion of the green. Rory plays it safe and finds the middle of the green, and will back himself to two-putt from the lower tier. There is no future past this pin. 8:19PM Just a par for Rory Marvellous touch from Woods - should escape with a par at the sixth. Lovely hands on that pitch shot. Just a apar at 15 for Rory, but could easily have been in the water long so that is acceptable. His patience today has been admirable, keeping himself in the mix on a tough day. Leishman makes par at six, but Reed has work to do for a par three at the tough fourth. 8:12PM Tiger on the cut-line as things stand Woods did get up and down from sand to salvage a six, but that moves him back to four-over over for the tournament. Is a little bold with his tee-shot at the par-three six and faces another chip. Rory flipped his second shot into the par-five 15th, and understandably leaves his pitch back on the fringe with the water awaiting an over hit attempt. 8:06PM Full coverage under way Patrick Reed is on the charge...three birdies right out of the gate moves him into the lead at six-under par. Back to Tiger, he took a drop in the trees at five and punched into a greenside bunker. Up and down for a double bogey. Jordan Spieth has steadied the ship and birdied the 13th. After a par at 14, he is three-under for the tournament - very much still in this. Dustin Johnson birdies the 13th also, he is stalking the field and moves to two-under. 7:54PM RORY BIRDIE Woods did make his par at four, but is now in all kinds of trouble at the fifth after his second shot finds a bush through the back of the green. McIlroy birdies the 14th to move to four-under, likely to be the new tournament favourite. 7:40PM RORY BIRDIE Another good stroke from McIlroy, and he slides in a trick birdie putt at the 13th. He moves to three-under, well positioned only two off the lead. Tiger does well to give himself a chance of a par, he was in a treacherous spot. He was four off the lead on the first tee, but has that to stay within seven. 7:35PM Round-up Well-judged chip at the 13th from Rory leaves about 10 feet for birdie. Henrik Stenson birdies the par-five second to make an early move to four-under. More Tiger trouble at the fourth, he pulls his tee shot, de-lofting the club sending it long - almost on the fifth tee-shot. Tough up and down from there. 7:26PM Doing things the hard way Tommy Fleetwood has gone under the radar here, two birdies in his first three holes moves him to two-under. Rory has been a little bold with his second into the 13th, find that devilish little bowl through the back of the green. A quick chip awaits back towards Rae's Creek. Leishman picks up another birdie at the third, and he leads on his own at five-under. 7:21PM Another par for Woods Tiger hits a nifty little pitch on the third, and it rolls around six feet past the hole. A great chance to get one back. But a nasty little left-to-right putt slips past the cup and Tiger stays at two-over. Rory McIlroy blasts a drive over the corner at the 13th, and will have only a mid-iron for his second on the par-five. Patrick Reed has birdied the first - he joins Leishman and Cabrera Bello at four-under. 7:12PM Rose on the move Long-hitting Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello has birdied to 10th to join Leishman at four-under. And fireworks on the same hole as Justin Rose holes his third from the greenside bunker for a birdie, two in three holes for the 2013 US Open champ and he moves to two-under. 7:06PM New leader... Marc Leishman rolls in a birdie four at the second, and he hits the front at four-under. Not cigar for Tiger, and that's a fifth straight par at the par-fives. But positive developments at the third, absolutley smokes a drive down there and nearly drives the green. 7:02PM Sloppy wedge-play with Tiger Tiger had just 75 yards for his third, but it does not spin back after he throws it past the pin. That is not a realistic birdie putt, more like two for a par. 6:54PM Leishman birdies, Mickelson bogeys Tiger's tee-shot at the second finds the fairway via one of the pine trees on the left. Phil Mickelson has dropped another shot at the 11th to sink back to one-over. Another par for Kuchar and he stays at three-under alongside Weisberger, Cabrera-Bello and Leishman who birdied the first. And a host of others. Tiger's shot was 330 yards from the green, but he hits a big draw down there to leave himself a wedge for his third. 6:49PM Rory staying in touch A seventh successive par for Rory McIlroy after a four at the 10th. This is good stuff from him - showing a patience he has sometimes been accused of lacking in tough conditions, stays two-under 6:44PM Spieth out in four-over Jordan Spieth turns in 40, two-under for the tournament. That is the first time in his Masters career he has played the front-side without a birdie. Tiger stubs his chip, barely getting it to the green, and settles for a two-putt bogey. 22nd career bogey/worse on 1st hole for Woods, tying his 2nd-most on any hole at Augusta. He's made 24 on the 4th hole.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 6:39PM Loose second by Tiger Woods misses the first green with little more than a sand wedge in his hand, will have a delicate chip to save par. Mickelson, like the great champion he is, bounces back from a seven at the ninth with birdie at the 10th. Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Cabrera-Bello all birdie the eighth. They are one-under, one-under and three-under respectively. 6:32PM Tiger Woods is on the course Woods has a history of bad tee shots at Augusta's first, but that's more like it. Finds the fairway with driver after missing left with three-wood yesterday. Mark Leishman is in Woods' group and he played some great stuff yesterday. Take a par four an run to the next. Although a three would be nice... Interestingly, his mother followed him round yesterday - as she used to do when he was a wee boy in junior golf. That's either lovely and warming or ever so slightly over-bearing depending on your perspective. 6:25PM Rory turns for home Rory McIlroy has reached the turn in 37, two-under for the tournament. Given the tricky pin positions and increasing breeze, that's no catastrophe. Two reachable par-fives coming home for him to reassert himself. Matt Kuchar has also just played the ninth and turns at three-under. 6:19PM Mickelson disaster Bogey for Ricky Fowler at the ninth, and he falls back to two-under, but that's nothing on Phil Mickelson who has taken a triple-bogey seven at the ninth. What a kick in the guts that is. His tee-shot finished in an unplayable spot and he was forced to take a drop under penalty. 6:13PM In less than 15 minutes... Credit: AP 6:09PM More woe for Spieth Just a par at eight for McIlroy to stay at two-under, but Jordan Spieth has dropped another shot at the seventh to join Rory on that score. A missed green in regulation for Spieth but this time his majestic short-game failed to get him out of jail. 6:03PM We have a new leader That man Weisberger has backed up his birdie at the second with another at the third, and he leads on his own at four-under. Did anyone pick him out at the start of the week? 5:57PM A new name emerges Birdie for Rickie Fowler at the par-five eighth and he joins the huddle of players sharing the lead at three-under, who are also joined by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger after his birdie at the second. Kuchar only manages a par at the eighth, and Mickelson also makes five to stay at two-under. 5:53PM Par at seven for Rory - stays two-under Nervous times for Rory after that bogey at the sixth, and he has to scramble for par at the seventh. Found the left trees from the tee, bunted it out but pitched and putted for a par four. Stays at two-under. A survival mission at the moment. 5:50PM Better from Spieth Jordan Spieth seems to have got his act together, and puts another par on the card at the sixth. The 2015 champion remains at three-under. On another note trying walking into your local wearing a pair of these tonight...you'll be as brave a man as Yuta Ikeda. Credit: Getty Images 5:42PM The main group reach the eighth Mickelson has found the bunker from the tee at the par five but Fowler and Kuchar are in-play. The projected cut is at seven-over currently. 5:29PM Who said tour players don't care about the crowd? Credit: AP Professionals are frequently criticised (rightly) for not shouting FORE after errant shots, and McIlroy looks genuinely concerned about the damage this wayward Adam Scott effort could do. In Rory news, he has dropped a shot at the par-three sixth to drop back to two-under. 5:23PM Rock solid Rory A solid four at the fifth from Rory to stay at three under. In the fairway, on the green and two putts. Holes four thru 12 are the toughest stretch at Augusta National. Play those in par and you can feel satisfied. 5:20PM A good omen for Tiger? Tiger Woods as a pro in #TheMasters: 1st round: 71.9 scoring average, -1 2nd round: 70.3 scoring average, -30— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 5:18PM Dustin on the move Dustin Johnson bogeyed the par-five second yesterday, but has EAGLED it today. That jumps him up to one-under and only two shots back. Justin Rose is plodding along in Johnson's group at even-par. Mickelson is in perfect position at seven after a 326-yard drive but Kucar may have found the left pine needles. 5:14PM There are eight players tied for the lead at three-under They are: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Henrik Stenson, Charlie Hoffman, Adam Hadwin and Patrick Reed. The final three names are yet to tee off. A jam-packed Masters leaderboard. 5:05PM Ian Poulter at risk of missing the cut Amen Corner has been unkind to Ian Poulter, a double bogey at the 11th sees the Englishman fall back to to five-over. A reminder that the halfway cut at Augusta is decided by the 'ten-shot' rule - so if you are within 10 shots (inclusive) of the leader after two rounds you're through to the weekend. 'Poults' won in dramatic fashion last week to earn a place at the Masters Credit: Reuters 4:57PM It seems tough out there A few of those players around even-par or one-over, *cough* Tiger Woods, might be encouraged that the leaders are coming back to them. McIlroy drops a shot at the fourth, and Kuchar does a same at the fifth meaning the pair are tied for the lead at three-under. More escapology from Mickelson who goes from bunker to bunker on five but splashes out superbly to save his par. Vintage Phil and he is now only one shot back. Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also well placed at two-under. 4:53PM Those bunkers at the fifth I was talking about... Credit: AP 4:50PM A settler Spieth responds with a safe par four at the third. Mickelson has found one of those hellish bunkers on the left corner of the fifth, but playing partners Kuchar and Fowler are on the cut stuff. 4:47PM Mickelson back to two-under Mickelson drops a shot at the brutal par-three fourth, but he will not be the last player to so at the 240-yard hole. Imagine trying to stop a three-iron on the deck of an aircraft carrier from a tee placed more than 20 feet above the surface. Yeah, it's like that. Good start for Jon Rahm who is two-under thru three - back to one-over for the championship. 4:38PM More trouble for Spieth Hooks his drive into the pines left on the par-five second and the putter failed to get the American out of trouble, missing a five-footer for par. That's a bogey six on one of the easier holes on the course. In real terms he has dropped 1.5 shots on the field. Back to three-under. Nobody, except the golfing gods, would have predicted this. Spieth looked sublime yesterday. 4:34PM RORY BIRDIE Not much happening for Ian Poulter, he reaches the turn at three over for the tournament. After last week's heroics at the Houston Open, just being at Augusta is an almighty bonus. Haotong Li has gone backwards - four-over thru seven holes. Tony Finau is also off to a slow start, falling back to two-under for the tournament - two-over for round two. Steady as she goes for three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson who is one-under thru three. And there's a birdie three for Rory at the short-par four third! Has a share of the lead with Spieth and Kuchar. That's what Iain Dowie would call bouncebackability. Rory bounced back from a bad start Credit: AP 4:22PM Rory bounce back McIlroy gets that shot straight back with a birdie at the par-five second. He should be targetting three-under per round on the four 'five-pars' as they call them across the pond. 4:19PM Hope for the rest? Dan Zeqiri here, back for day two of the Masters where the leaderboard looks appetising. Early drama to sweep up before we go further. Rory McIlroy bogeyed the first to drop back to three-under, but more importantly Jordan Spieth took six down the opener. The first at Augusta always ranks in the top five hardest holes off the week - a 445-yard par four that is a stiff examination particularly with breeze against. 4:05PM Tip coming in... @CharlieFelix if @henrikstenson keeps the putter hot he’ll definitely be in the mix come Sunday afternoon. His iron shots were Odin-esque yesterday the Norse warrior has the game for Augusta he just needs the rub of the green on the greens & he’ll be in green!— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) April 6, 2018 Stenson's second round begins at 6.49pm BST. He's in the penultimate grouping with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. 3:30PM Tony Finau ...has dropped a shot. He bogied the first and has dropped to -3. Credit: Getty Images 3:08PM Two-shot swing Jimmy Walker sinks a second consecutive birdie as Ian Poulter drops back to par for the day with a bogey at the par-three fourth. 2:52PM Tuning up Nice insight here on Jordan Spieth's warm-up routine. 57 putts. 4 drives. Go inside the warm-up of first-round leader, @JordanSpieth. pic.twitter.com/p02cXQIW7Z— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 6, 2018 2:36PM Up and down Very eventful Friday morning for US amateur Doug Ghim thus far. He has backed up a double bogey on the first with back-to-back birdies on the second and third. Ghim finished yesterday's round with an eagle at the 18th. 2:33PM Strong start for Ian Poulter He's birdied the par five second and is back to one over for the Championship. 2:29PM Gallery What a perch, just overlooking the ninth green. Credit: AP 2:06PM Not just a bad dream No prizes for guessing whose entry this is. Credit: Getty Images 1:58PM Interested observers The fans are filing in at Augusta. Credit: AP 1:52PM Tracking Tiger Tiger Woods begins today on one over, but that could have easily been far rosier. Take a look through the highlights of his first round. Watch @TigerWoods' first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/wB1vc9KDq2— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 If you missed these goodies earlier this week, he's a graphic on how the 42 year-old has remodeled his swing: Tiger Woods' remodelled swing And here is James Corrigan's piece on his resurgence: The inside story of Tiger Woods' astonishing comeback 1:42PM Man of the people Another nice shot from the opening day, here. Tony Finau will never forget his first appearance at the Masters. His ankle stood up well enough for him to card a 68 yesterday. Credit: REUTERS 1:30PM Round two pin placement Pin placement information for the second round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/qCDuNFbwgq— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 1:14PM Classy An excellent response from Sergio Garcia. What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man!�� https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 6, 2018 12:53PM Omen? Jordan Spieth will, obviously, be hoping to defy this trend. This is the 11th time in the last 40 years that a past champion of #TheMasters has led/co-led after the 1st round. None of the previous 10 went on to win. Last to do it: Jack Nicklaus in 1972.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 6, 2018 12:47PM Golden oldies A lovely image from yesterday. Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus (78) and Gary Player (82) share a joke. Credit: REUTERS Just the 27 majors between them. 12:38PM What a shot This was a freakishly good putt by Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th yesterday. This is the best putt you'll see today. #theMasterspic.twitter.com/C7A5MbVp5k— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 5, 2018 The South African, who tied for second back in 2012, recorded a one-under round. 12:17PM Back to it A champion in 2015, Jordan Spieth starts day two at Augusta with a two-shot lead courtesy of a six-under round to start the tournament. This is a helpful round-up of that strong opening from Spieth. He eagled the eighth and fired five birdies in succession on the back nine to card a 66 and end up two shots ahead of Tony Finau, remarkably fit enough to compete a day after dislocating his ankle, and Matt Kuchar. Watch @JordanSpieth's first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/4wji7Vnsoh— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 Just as Spieth excelled, Sergio Garcia sank to a disastrous round of 81 that featured a 13 (THIRTEEN) on the par five 15th hole. He put five balls in the water. You can read the view of golf correspondent James Corrigan right here. "From green jacket to straitjacket" is an exceptional line. Credit: AP This is a lovely, interactive illustration of the hole - named 'Firethorn' - that hosted the Spaniard's capitulation. Not that Garcia will be too keen to examine it. Augusta hole 15 We are about an hour and a half away from the the start of day two. England's Ian Poulter is in one of the earliest groupings, going off at 1.52pm BST. Tiger Woods begins his second round, all being well, at 6.27pm. Let the Masters video team gee you up. Welcome to Friday at #themasters. pic.twitter.com/4jO8YzknxL— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018
Patrick Reed surges into Masters lead with blistering 66 but Rory McIlroy stays in the hunt
Patrick Reed races through the field and leads by two Tiger Woods struggles to 75 but makes the cut The Masters 2018 tee times for round three including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods​ Follow the live leaderboard Dustin Johnson finds momentum to fire his way into contention 'Fatigued' Ian Poulter struggles for rhythm with erratic display Patrick Reed has slipped the field, but such is the quality of the names in the chasing pack – including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson – that hopes remain high that all the hype of this being an all-time classic Masters will be justified. European Ryder Cup fans know all about Reed’s tenacity and will be concerned that this great team player will be difficult to see off in the individual arena after his startling second-round 66 which took him to nine-under and into a two-shot lead over the Australian Marc Leishman. The 27-year-old famously held his finger to his lips an told the galleries to “shush” in the heat of the Gleneagles match in 2014 and here he has threatened to mute the superstar roars. The young, belligerent Texan has a chequered history, with whispers of impropriety in his college days, but there can no doubting his candidature. Reed’s credentials were written all over a scorecard featuring nine birdies on a day when Augusta National bared its teeth. Leishman, the 2015 Open runner-up, was the only rival able to keep pace with his 67. Yet these are early days and the thought of Europe’s young four-time major champion, McIlroy, taking on America’s young three-time major champion, Spieth, is too delicious a thought to avoid. They are in a tie for fourth on four-under, one behind Henrik Stenson, the Swede who affords this leaderboard yet more lustre. The world No 1 and No 2, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, are one further back on three-under, while on two-under sit Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and two-time champion Bubba Watson. As Rose said after his 70, “wow, there are big names all over that scoreboard”. Tiger Woods is not one of these, but he did make the cut after a 75. On four-over, it will be a miracle if the 42-year-old wins, but then as he said earlier in the week “I am a walking miracle” and golf should simply to be happy to have him on show on a major weekend after his remarkable comeback from his crippling back problems. Of McIlroy and Spieth, the former obviously has the right to be the more content. The Ulsterman, seeking to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, fired a 71 with a back-nine 34. It was not been Tiger's day on Friday at Augusta Credit: Reuters “I was one over for the front nine so to shoot two under on the back nine, I would have taken that on the 10th tee,” McIlroy said. “But the way I played I hit some good shots and gave myself putts for birdies. It felt like I left a couple out there on 17 and 18 so I could have shot something in the 60s, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with how I played. I’m in a nice position.” Of course, McIlroy is painfully aware how quickly this revered course can taketh away having earlier been so generous and he will have understood Spieth’s predicament as well as eyeing Reed with intent. Better than anyone, Spieth sums up the duplicitous nature of this unique challenge. After 17 holes of his first round, the 2015 champion – who famously blew it a year later when five clear with nine remaining – was on seven-under and in apparent cruise-control, having reeled off five birdies in succession. And how did his next three holes pan out? Bogey, double bogey, bogey. Rory McIlroy winces as Adam Scott sends a tee-shot into the crowd Credit: Reuters After his five on the 18th the previous evening, Spieth looked nervous from the off, slicing his drive off the par-four first into the trees and making a six as a result. On the par-five second, he three-putted for another six and was seemingly in a spiral. Yet Spieth, Reed’s Ryder Cup partner, valiantly calmed himself and played the next 16 holes in two-under for a 74. “I got a little brain-dead to start but to still be in the tournament after two rounds, would I have taken being in this position three or four weeks ago? Absolutely,” Spieth said. “The wheels could have come off but I’ve taken a lot of punches on this course and I told Michael [Greller, his caddie] that I’m good for a double bogey or some bogeys here, so let’s make these the only ones. It was a nice rebound on the back nine.” For England, Rose made six birdies which negated the four bogeys and will still be confident of going one better than 12 months ago. Playing alongside Woods and Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood fared commendably with a second 72 to leave him on level par. Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey all made it through to the weekend, although only just on five-over. Masters 2018: Lee Westwood's Augusta course guide The big loser of this second day was Phil Mickelson who fired a 79 to topple back to five-over. After his first title in five years at last month’s WGC-Mexico, the 47-year-old had hope of becoming the Masters’ oldest ever champion. And when Mickelson moved to three-under with a birdie on the second, the galleries sensed history could indeed be afoot. Alas, it was to go badly awry for the three-time champion, as he took a triple-bogey on the ninth, after hitting a tree, and a double-bogey on the 12th. “There’s a fine line between wanting it so bad and then also letting it happen,” Mickelson said. “As you get older you feel a little bit more pressure each one because you don’t feel as though you have an unlimited number of events. I thought this was a great year, a great opportunity.” At least Mickelson made the cut, which was more than defending champion Sergio Garcia could boast. After his record-breaking 13 on the 15th in the first round, the Spaniard slumped to a 78 to finish on 15 under, with only two behind in the 87-man field. 12:45AM Route-66 for Reed Ball back in the stance, hands forward...very nicely done from Reed as he chips up to within a foot or so and secures a final par four. Patrick Reed leads the Masters at the halfway stage. Nine-under through two rounds is some going with only 17 players in red figures. Marc Leishman is his closest challenger at seven-under, but what a roll-call behind him: Spieth, McIlroy, Stenson, Dustin and Justin Thomas. Could be some Saturday. That's all from me, see you tomorrow for more of the same! 12:38AM Reed on 18 Reed shows no sign of blinking as he dispatches another iron shot straight at the target. But it comes up a little shy, and the 18th green's false front takes it off the front edge. There is a little bit of helping breeze at 18, but sometimes that can actually knock the ball down before it reaches the top of its flight and the ball ends up flying less distance - counterintuitively. 12:34AM Stenson will play with Rory tomorrow A big finish by Henrik Stenson after a wobble at the start of the back nine. He is in the hutch at five-under and will partner Rory McIlroy tomorrow by my calculations. 12:27AM Slow play still a problem There has been some great golf played today, particularly by Reed, but by god has it been slow. Reed's group have just cleaned up on the 17th and have been out there for five hours and 25 minutes. Ian Poulter had some words to say on the issue earlier today. 12:23AM Reed escapes More trouble for Reed, who hits a big hook off the 17th tee and finds himself up against a tree. Tries to sling another big draw to get it up near the green and it's not bad...pin high but off the green on the right. Runs up there and plays a lovely pitch to within a few feet. Should make his four. His playing partner Henrik Stenson birdies, moves to five-under. 12:20AM The weather could turn nasty tomorrow A little bit of magic from Justin Thomas at the last who uses the slope behind the pin to save his par. Looked like it might be a hole-out but from the fairway bunker he will take a four. Sergio Garcia signs for a 78. Despite missing the cut he will hang around for the weekend to present this year's winner with the green jacket. We're hearing rain and strong winds could be on the way tomorrow. 12:11AM Back to 16 Spoke to soon there...Reed misses his par putt so that's the lead back to nine-under. The players watching from their rented houses or hotel rooms will be hoping he drops a couple more over the last two holes. I should add that Marc Leishman got up and down from the left of 18, so he leads in the clubhouse at seven-under. 12:08AM Tiger Woods in for a 75 No birdie at 18 for Tiger as another putt slides by, finishes four-over for the tournament. But he is through to the weekend which did look in jeopardy for a while. Reed is the latest player to face that long up-hiller at 16...makes a fine job of it but comically runs up to mark his ball before it rolls back to his feet. 12:02AM Ovation for Woods at the last 12:01AM REED TO 10-UNDER Back at 16, that's a very good return putt from Stenson to keep him and four-under, while Justin Thomas has parred the 17th to stay at three-under. And Reed gets up and down from the back of 15 - another birdie and that moves him three clear at 10-under par. Leishman has semi-recovered at the last, sending an iron shot to the left of the green. Pitch and putt for his par. 162 left for Tiger, he is eyeing another iron shot up and down and it is a good one. For the first time this week he's looked comfortable out there over the last six holes or so. Will have around 15-feet for birdie. 11:54PM Off the 18th tee we go Marc Leishman loves to fade the ball which suits the shape of Augusta's 18th...but he has over cut this one and it drifts into the trees on the right. Tommy Fleetwood, even par for the week, hits a solid three-wood down the right hand side. Now Tiger...three-wood and that's another one right up the middle. The right decision to leave driver in the bag and take the bunker's out of play. He's hit the ball better than his score suggests on the back-nine. 11:50PM To the 15th Tiger's birdie putt at the 17th just slides by, but barring a disaster at 18 he should be around for the weekend. To Reed, who was in perfect position to attack the 15th in two. 204 yards remaining, but his iron shot travels a little too far and that will leave a tricky chip over the apron. 11:43PM Round-up Paul Casey taps-in at the 18th to finish at five-over but Hideki Matsuyama three-putts to drop back to even par. Justin Thomas lags a long birdie putt up that huge slope at the 16th and that's enough to stay at three-under. Up ahead at the 17th, Marc Leishman has missed the green right but Tommy Fleetwood is safely aboard. Now Tiger...and that's a beauty. Controlled his trajectory well with the wind whipping around and will have about 15 feet for birdie. 11:37PM More drama at the fifteenth Bubba Watson takes on the tight, front-right pin but cuts it a little too much and it drifts off the front edge and it finds the water. Tiger has hit a good drive down the seventeeth, while Patrick Reed squeezes a lovely little fade down the 15th to keep it away from the trees. 11:29PM The scene at the 16th green Good looking putt from the fringe at 16 by Tiger, but it runs past by a good eight-feet or so. Leishman's slippery birdie putt from above the hole drifts by too. In the battle to make the cut, not the battle Tiger had in mind at the start of the week, Tiger's putt slips past. Bat to four-over. So many iron shots have been bang on on-line today but have just flown a little long. 11:24PM Reed to nine-under Much like Spieth yesterday afternoon, this is flawless golf from Patrick Reed. Hits another short-iron stiff at the 14th and it is a kick-in birdie. 11:22PM To the 16th Tiger is eyeing up and down his tee shot on the 16th....not for the first time it flies a little long and comes to rest at the back edge. He is a couple of shots inside the cut-line as we stand though, so should make it to the weekend. 11:18PM Leishman makes his move This is grease lightning from the back of 15...Tiger has the putter on it from the fringe. Judges that well, will have about two-and-a-half-feet for another birdie. Leishman over that eagle putt after his majestic second....makes it! He will pick up some Augusta crystal. That moves him to within one of Reed. Tiger makes no mistake. Back to three-over. 11:14PM Stenson move Bubba goes close to another birdie at 14, but he stays at three-under. Henrik Stenson goes one better to move back to get back to four-under. Patrick Reed in good shape after another thumping drive down the same hole. 11:10PM REED BIRDIE The wedge shot from Reed was excellent and he converts for a four at 13. Back to eight-under. 11:09PM Tiger's turn A less extreme version of what Leishman played....and that is another excellent shot. Wraps his right hand over to get the ball moving left in the air, you can see the spin when it lands on the green. Releases out to the back fringe. 11:07PM Brilliant Leishman Quite brilliant from Marc Leishman at the 15th. His drive drifted a little left so he had to work his second around the trees with a slinging draw, a huge draw of more than 30 yards. Over water. What bravery, and it pays off as the ball makes the journey by a couple of feet and feeds down to inside 10 feet. Great eagle chance. 11:04PM Cut rules Just checking up on the rules regarding the cut: 'Following the second round, golfers with the low 50 scores, plus ties, plus any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead, advance to play the final two rounds.' 11:02PM Reed out of trouble Stenson unhappy at the 14th, the driver is dropped to the ground. Looks like he caught that out of the neck. Reed managed to advance his ball up the 13th from the right trees. Will have a wedge shot for his third on this par-five. 10:58PM Justin Thomas chips in - a few players making a move Tiger on the 15th tee...that's a much better drive than yesterday. Hugs the left side of the fairway a little but might be far enough up that the overhanging branches are not a problem. Bubba Watson picks up another birdie at 13 - the two time champion moves to three-under. And another man on the move is Justin Thomas who chips in from out the back of 14 for successive birdies. 10:54PM Phil the thrill Phil Mickelson's 79 was disappointing and surprising in equal measure. Read about his day here with Sam Dean, who we have kept very busy at Augusta this week. 10:52PM Reed pushes his tee shot at 13 Reed has blocked his drive on the 13th...not a good hole to lose your trusty right-to-left shape on. The ball comes to rest on the pine straw and he might be blocked out by the trees. 10:51PM Solid pars Pars on the card for Woods at 14, and Reed at 14. Woods' fate is linked to Reed's. Augusta operate a 10-shot rule meaning you must be within 10 shots of the lead to make it through to the weekend. Fleetwood had a great chance for a birdie at 14, but a gust of wind pushed him out of balance. 10:44PM Better from Woods Tiger flies his second shot at the 14th right over the pin, and will have 30-feet for birdie. That pin is guarded by a huge swale short, so an understandable shot. Justin Thomas birdies 15 to move into red figures. 10:43PM More trouble at 12 Hoffman's tee shot on 12 barely makes it half-way across Rae's Creek. Must have caught a gust of wind. That'll be his excuse anyway. What a hole this 150-odd yard little devil is. Credit: Reuters 10:37PM Driving exhibition at 14 Tiger stands up and smokes a driver down the 14th, that is in perfect position. Not much more than a wedge left for his second as he tries to work his way back into proceedings. Tommy Fleetwood has also nailed a lovely draw right down the middle. 10:34PM Nerves of steel Well done Patrick Reed, held his nerve over an eight-foot par putt. The lead stays at seven-under. 10:32PM Reed too bold as Tiger birdies Woods over his eagle putt at 13...and he judges it beautifully. That's a birdie - his first on the par-fives this week. Back to four-over. Leishman also makes a birdie four there to move to six-under. Stenson has been stymied at the 12th, and looks set to drop a shot. Reed is heavy-handed with his birdie putt at the 11th and has a tester coming up to save par and avoid back-to-back bogeys. 10:27PM No relation to young Patrick 10:25PM Smart Reed Leishman takes on the 13th in two and pulls it a little into the bowl Rory was in earlier thru the back of the green. Smart play on the 11th by Reed who finds the middle of the green. Stenson hits a horrible pull on the 12th and goes well long, but it bounces back from the bank into the bunker. Very nicely done from Woods on 13, finds the middle of the green with a seven iron from a hanging lie. It's not been all bad from Tiger, but you cannot make this many unforced errors at the majors. 10:17PM Henrik Stenson chips in Sergio Garcia, 14-over par, has found the back bunker at 12. In his battle to make the cut, Tiger bombs a driver over the corner on the par-five 13th. Looks in decent position. Lovely drive from Reed down the 11th into position A1. Down at the green Stenson chips-in from just shy of the front edge and that moves him to four-under. 10:14PM Brilliant Bubba How about that from Bubba Watson. Takes a leaf from Tiger's book and plays a magnificent recover around the trees. For him it's a draw rather than a slice as a left-hander, and he wraps his left hand over the shaft and works it fully 30-yards laterally through the air. He is still at two-under. Reed's par putt slips past, and he is back to seven-under. 10:09PM Nice splash out from Reed Very nice bunker shot from Patrick Reed back on the 10th, gets it past the hole and will have an uphill putt to save his par. 10:07PM Tiger steadies himself Patrick Reed turns with a three-shot lead, but blocks his second shot into the tenth and finished in the greenside bunker on the right. Give Woods his credit, after repeating the cardinal sin of yesterday and finding Rae's Creek on 12, plays a beautiful pitch after taking a drop and has a chance to save bogey. 10:03PM Tiger finds a watery grave Lovely shot from Leishman sets up a birdie chance at the 12th. Tiger up next...he's inside the cut line but needs to be careful. Was in the water here yesterday short...and DOES IT AGAIN! That's a terrible mistake with a nine iron, as soon as he hit it the hand was off the club. Pushed it well right. Gives it a 'f****** idiot', as he stands on the tee. 9:59PM The winds is swirling at the 12th Tiger couldn't quite manage the birdie at the 11th, but a four there is always a good score. Leishman and Fleetwood also made pars. Woods gets a standing ovation from the fans who have gathered on the 12th tee. 9:53PM Vintage Tiger For all Tiger's scruffy play, that is why he keeps us all watching. Was caught in the right-semi on the 11th and had overhanging tree trouble, meaning he had to aim at the water and hold on to a low fade with a three-iron. A quite magnificent shot, that bored through the wind and ran up to around 20 feet from the pin. 9:51PM Birdie Reed! The lead is now eight-under Not bad from Hoffman, he has a chance to save par. Zach Johnson bogey's the difficult 11 to drop back to the one-under. Adam Hadwin was fortunate to stay close to the ninth green where so many have fallen back down the slope. He should turn at three-under. On the same hole - Reed rolls in another birdie at the end of another mistake-free hole. The lead is now eight-under. 9:46PM The chasing pack Bubba Watson is in the picture at two-under through 10 holes. A surprising challenger is Charlie Hoffman at five-under but he is in the woods right at nine. Punches out to the left of the greenside bunkers and that will be a delicate third. Henrik Stenson is in the thick of things, and makes the turn at four-under. 9:35PM Reed rolls along Not to be for Justin Rose at 18, but that's an acceptable par and he is in the clubhouse at two-under. World No.1 Dustin Johnson goes one better by birdieing and finishes at three-under, and a 68 is some going in these conditions. Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has made another birdie at the eighth. He extends his lead to two and is now seven-under. 9:33PM Justin and Dustin Justin Rose is making his way up the last, and he's a player you want to favour when conditions stiffen. An excellent approach leaves a 15-footer for birdie. Playing partner Dustin Johnson is ridiculously far down there, just a flick with a sand wedge leaves him inside Rose. Tiger lags his birdie putt down nicely at the 10th. 9:27PM Birdie for Stenson Not heard too much about Henrik Stenson, but that's an easy two-putt birdie on the eighth that moves him back to four-under. And Reed has found the middle of that par-five green in two. Tiger left his tee shot at 10 out to the right slightly, and it hangs up on the downslope rather than turning around the corner. Excellent shot in, right into the heart of the green. He needs to get past the 12th without dropping any more shots. There are chances on the way in. 9:22PM Catch up with Poulter Here's Sam Dean with latest on Ian Poulter who is fighting to make the cut. 9:19PM Dustin escapes You can doubt his distance control and wedge game, but you cannot doubt Tiger's heart. Rolls in lengthy par putt down the hill at nine and he turns in 39. Not what he needed. Dustin Johnson has escaped with a par at from the right trees - he is our man's Jamie Corrigan's tip for the week. 9:14PM Spieth in the house Jordan Spieth has tapped-in at 18 for a 74, which given he was three-over after two holes is an admirable effort. He is still firmly in contention at four-under for the tournament. That's only two back, currently. 9:09PM Tiger comes up short Tiger has hit plenty of good drives this week with the big stick, often his nemesis, and is in perfect position at the ninth. A perilous front pin position at the ninth, and he tries to punch one in to avoid backspin. The breeze knocks it down however, and that doesn't make it up the front back. That's in Greg Norman country. Partick Reed has birdied the seventh, and now leads on his own at six-under. 9:04PM Paul Hayward on Rory Rory McIlroy is finished for the day, so read Paul Hayward's assessment on a difficult second round but one which he will gain plenty of confidence from. His short-distance putting has been impressive, keeping the momentum with several significant par putts over the first few days. We know he can shoot the lights out when conditions favour, but McIlroy is now showing he can hang tough. 8:59PM Another par-five gone for Tiger My word, Dustin forgets what course he is playing for a second and bolts his putt past the hole and all the way down to the front section of the green. He had a 15-foot birdie putt, and now faces a 60-foot par putt. And would you believe it...he's drained it. Never in doubt, no pictures on the scorecard. Tiger played a delicious flop shot at the eight, but another putt misses. Six par-fives played, six pars for him this week. 8:55PM Rory in for a 71 A McIlroy club twirl is usually a good sign...but not on this occasion as his putt slides past at 18. A birdie would have been a bonus however, and dinner will taste good after a sound 71 in dicey conditions. 8:53PM Great second from Rory Tiger has put himself in a nasty little spot on the eighth after that crunching drive, his long iron second comes up short and left leaving him a pitch over a huge hillock. 'You're better than that', curses Spieth as his second runs off the right-hand side of 17. Aggressive tee shpt from Dustin Johnson at 16 finds the top level and rests against the back fringe - about 15 feet from the pin. McIlroy sends his second at 18 arrowing over the flag and it stops on the second bounce. Impeccable strike, but a bigger bounce forward and it might have rolled all the way back from the top of the slope. 8:46PM Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar finish up Just a par for McIlroy at 17 as his putt runs by, but that will do just fine for the man chasing a career Grand Slam. Dustin Johnson three-putted at the 15th to let a birdie put slip past. 2007 champions Zach Johnson scoots a wedge in close at the eighth and will move to three under. Back to Rory, you could not place his ball in a better position at 18. A towering power-fade off the teed has in him in the mayor's office with not much more than a wedge in. Disappointing day for Mickelson, who taps in at the last for a 79, fiver-over for the Championship. Kuchar fritters one away at the last - he's in at one-under. Rickie Fowler will sign for 72 that leaves him two-under for the tournament. 8:40PM Keep an eye on Dustin Johnson A huge roar echoed around the course just then, an Augusta trademark. Dustin Johnson is on the 15th in two, and a two-putt birdie would move the World No.1 to within two of the lead. Spieth has fought on admirably after a horrible start, and stays three-under for the championship. Tiger needs to get something going, and he pummels a drive down the par-five eighth that carries the bunker on the right. Really went after that one, you can always tell when he recoils and the club slams against his back at the finish. 8:36PM Superb up-and-down by Leishman Leishman was in among the patrons and the pines ar seven, but hit a huge slice around the timber to get his ball back in play. Used the slope behind the hole to leave himself an eight-footer for par, which he makes...that's some escape. Justin Rose has found the difficult 11th in regulation. Now Rory at 17, another drive dispatched down the fairway and his second with a wedge is pin high. Another birdie chance coming up. Mickelson is playing the last and is five-over. Woods was unlucky his second at seven was not a kick-in birdie, but he cleans up for par. 8:32PM Solid for Rory at 16 Very solid lag-putt from Rory, a safe par three at 16. Patrick Reed has dropped a shot at four so he and Leishman are our leaders at five-under. Tiger's second and the seventh was inches away from spinning back down towards the pin but it stayed up in the fringe. Justin Thomas is going along quietly at at one-under, while Vijay Singh is defying his advancing years at two under for the tournament. Here's that tricky pin at 16, what you cannot see is the significant ridge that runs through the green. 8:21PM The 16th is trick today It's the week's hardest pin position on the 16th, perched on the ledge in the back portion of the green. Rory plays it safe and finds the middle of the green, and will back himself to two-putt from the lower tier. There is no future past this pin. 8:19PM Just a par for Rory Marvellous touch from Woods - should escape with a par at the sixth. Lovely hands on that pitch shot. Just a apar at 15 for Rory, but could easily have been in the water long so that is acceptable. His patience today has been admirable, keeping himself in the mix on a tough day. Leishman makes par at six, but Reed has work to do for a par three at the tough fourth. 8:12PM Tiger on the cut-line as things stand Woods did get up and down from sand to salvage a six, but that moves him back to four-over over for the tournament. Is a little bold with his tee-shot at the par-three six and faces another chip. Rory flipped his second shot into the par-five 15th, and understandably leaves his pitch back on the fringe with the water awaiting an over hit attempt. 8:06PM Full coverage under way Patrick Reed is on the charge...three birdies right out of the gate moves him into the lead at six-under par. Back to Tiger, he took a drop in the trees at five and punched into a greenside bunker. Up and down for a double bogey. Jordan Spieth has steadied the ship and birdied the 13th. After a par at 14, he is three-under for the tournament - very much still in this. Dustin Johnson birdies the 13th also, he is stalking the field and moves to two-under. 7:54PM RORY BIRDIE Woods did make his par at four, but is now in all kinds of trouble at the fifth after his second shot finds a bush through the back of the green. McIlroy birdies the 14th to move to four-under, likely to be the new tournament favourite. 7:40PM RORY BIRDIE Another good stroke from McIlroy, and he slides in a trick birdie putt at the 13th. He moves to three-under, well positioned only two off the lead. Tiger does well to give himself a chance of a par, he was in a treacherous spot. He was four off the lead on the first tee, but has that to stay within seven. 7:35PM Round-up Well-judged chip at the 13th from Rory leaves about 10 feet for birdie. Henrik Stenson birdies the par-five second to make an early move to four-under. More Tiger trouble at the fourth, he pulls his tee shot, de-lofting the club sending it long - almost on the fifth tee-shot. Tough up and down from there. 7:26PM Doing things the hard way Tommy Fleetwood has gone under the radar here, two birdies in his first three holes moves him to two-under. Rory has been a little bold with his second into the 13th, find that devilish little bowl through the back of the green. A quick chip awaits back towards Rae's Creek. Leishman picks up another birdie at the third, and he leads on his own at five-under. 7:21PM Another par for Woods Tiger hits a nifty little pitch on the third, and it rolls around six feet past the hole. A great chance to get one back. But a nasty little left-to-right putt slips past the cup and Tiger stays at two-over. Rory McIlroy blasts a drive over the corner at the 13th, and will have only a mid-iron for his second on the par-five. Patrick Reed has birdied the first - he joins Leishman and Cabrera Bello at four-under. 7:12PM Rose on the move Long-hitting Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello has birdied to 10th to join Leishman at four-under. And fireworks on the same hole as Justin Rose holes his third from the greenside bunker for a birdie, two in three holes for the 2013 US Open champ and he moves to two-under. 7:06PM New leader... Marc Leishman rolls in a birdie four at the second, and he hits the front at four-under. Not cigar for Tiger, and that's a fifth straight par at the par-fives. But positive developments at the third, absolutley smokes a drive down there and nearly drives the green. 7:02PM Sloppy wedge-play with Tiger Tiger had just 75 yards for his third, but it does not spin back after he throws it past the pin. That is not a realistic birdie putt, more like two for a par. 6:54PM Leishman birdies, Mickelson bogeys Tiger's tee-shot at the second finds the fairway via one of the pine trees on the left. Phil Mickelson has dropped another shot at the 11th to sink back to one-over. Another par for Kuchar and he stays at three-under alongside Weisberger, Cabrera-Bello and Leishman who birdied the first. And a host of others. Tiger's shot was 330 yards from the green, but he hits a big draw down there to leave himself a wedge for his third. 6:49PM Rory staying in touch A seventh successive par for Rory McIlroy after a four at the 10th. This is good stuff from him - showing a patience he has sometimes been accused of lacking in tough conditions, stays two-under 6:44PM Spieth out in four-over Jordan Spieth turns in 40, two-under for the tournament. That is the first time in his Masters career he has played the front-side without a birdie. Tiger stubs his chip, barely getting it to the green, and settles for a two-putt bogey. 22nd career bogey/worse on 1st hole for Woods, tying his 2nd-most on any hole at Augusta. He's made 24 on the 4th hole.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 6:39PM Loose second by Tiger Woods misses the first green with little more than a sand wedge in his hand, will have a delicate chip to save par. Mickelson, like the great champion he is, bounces back from a seven at the ninth with birdie at the 10th. Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, and Cabrera-Bello all birdie the eighth. They are one-under, one-under and three-under respectively. 6:32PM Tiger Woods is on the course Woods has a history of bad tee shots at Augusta's first, but that's more like it. Finds the fairway with driver after missing left with three-wood yesterday. Mark Leishman is in Woods' group and he played some great stuff yesterday. Take a par four an run to the next. Although a three would be nice... Interestingly, his mother followed him round yesterday - as she used to do when he was a wee boy in junior golf. That's either lovely and warming or ever so slightly over-bearing depending on your perspective. 6:25PM Rory turns for home Rory McIlroy has reached the turn in 37, two-under for the tournament. Given the tricky pin positions and increasing breeze, that's no catastrophe. Two reachable par-fives coming home for him to reassert himself. Matt Kuchar has also just played the ninth and turns at three-under. 6:19PM Mickelson disaster Bogey for Ricky Fowler at the ninth, and he falls back to two-under, but that's nothing on Phil Mickelson who has taken a triple-bogey seven at the ninth. What a kick in the guts that is. His tee-shot finished in an unplayable spot and he was forced to take a drop under penalty. 6:13PM In less than 15 minutes... Credit: AP 6:09PM More woe for Spieth Just a par at eight for McIlroy to stay at two-under, but Jordan Spieth has dropped another shot at the seventh to join Rory on that score. A missed green in regulation for Spieth but this time his majestic short-game failed to get him out of jail. 6:03PM We have a new leader That man Weisberger has backed up his birdie at the second with another at the third, and he leads on his own at four-under. Did anyone pick him out at the start of the week? 5:57PM A new name emerges Birdie for Rickie Fowler at the par-five eighth and he joins the huddle of players sharing the lead at three-under, who are also joined by Austrian Bernd Wiesberger after his birdie at the second. Kuchar only manages a par at the eighth, and Mickelson also makes five to stay at two-under. 5:53PM Par at seven for Rory - stays two-under Nervous times for Rory after that bogey at the sixth, and he has to scramble for par at the seventh. Found the left trees from the tee, bunted it out but pitched and putted for a par four. Stays at two-under. A survival mission at the moment. 5:50PM Better from Spieth Jordan Spieth seems to have got his act together, and puts another par on the card at the sixth. The 2015 champion remains at three-under. On another note trying walking into your local wearing a pair of these tonight...you'll be as brave a man as Yuta Ikeda. Credit: Getty Images 5:42PM The main group reach the eighth Mickelson has found the bunker from the tee at the par five but Fowler and Kuchar are in-play. The projected cut is at seven-over currently. 5:29PM Who said tour players don't care about the crowd? Credit: AP Professionals are frequently criticised (rightly) for not shouting FORE after errant shots, and McIlroy looks genuinely concerned about the damage this wayward Adam Scott effort could do. In Rory news, he has dropped a shot at the par-three sixth to drop back to two-under. 5:23PM Rock solid Rory A solid four at the fifth from Rory to stay at three under. In the fairway, on the green and two putts. Holes four thru 12 are the toughest stretch at Augusta National. Play those in par and you can feel satisfied. 5:20PM A good omen for Tiger? Tiger Woods as a pro in #TheMasters: 1st round: 71.9 scoring average, -1 2nd round: 70.3 scoring average, -30— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) 6 April 2018 5:18PM Dustin on the move Dustin Johnson bogeyed the par-five second yesterday, but has EAGLED it today. That jumps him up to one-under and only two shots back. Justin Rose is plodding along in Johnson's group at even-par. Mickelson is in perfect position at seven after a 326-yard drive but Kucar may have found the left pine needles. 5:14PM There are eight players tied for the lead at three-under They are: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Henrik Stenson, Charlie Hoffman, Adam Hadwin and Patrick Reed. The final three names are yet to tee off. A jam-packed Masters leaderboard. 5:05PM Ian Poulter at risk of missing the cut Amen Corner has been unkind to Ian Poulter, a double bogey at the 11th sees the Englishman fall back to to five-over. A reminder that the halfway cut at Augusta is decided by the 'ten-shot' rule - so if you are within 10 shots (inclusive) of the leader after two rounds you're through to the weekend. 'Poults' won in dramatic fashion last week to earn a place at the Masters Credit: Reuters 4:57PM It seems tough out there A few of those players around even-par or one-over, *cough* Tiger Woods, might be encouraged that the leaders are coming back to them. McIlroy drops a shot at the fourth, and Kuchar does a same at the fifth meaning the pair are tied for the lead at three-under. More escapology from Mickelson who goes from bunker to bunker on five but splashes out superbly to save his par. Vintage Phil and he is now only one shot back. Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are also well placed at two-under. 4:53PM Those bunkers at the fifth I was talking about... Credit: AP 4:50PM A settler Spieth responds with a safe par four at the third. Mickelson has found one of those hellish bunkers on the left corner of the fifth, but playing partners Kuchar and Fowler are on the cut stuff. 4:47PM Mickelson back to two-under Mickelson drops a shot at the brutal par-three fourth, but he will not be the last player to so at the 240-yard hole. Imagine trying to stop a three-iron on the deck of an aircraft carrier from a tee placed more than 20 feet above the surface. Yeah, it's like that. Good start for Jon Rahm who is two-under thru three - back to one-over for the championship. 4:38PM More trouble for Spieth Hooks his drive into the pines left on the par-five second and the putter failed to get the American out of trouble, missing a five-footer for par. That's a bogey six on one of the easier holes on the course. In real terms he has dropped 1.5 shots on the field. Back to three-under. Nobody, except the golfing gods, would have predicted this. Spieth looked sublime yesterday. 4:34PM RORY BIRDIE Not much happening for Ian Poulter, he reaches the turn at three over for the tournament. After last week's heroics at the Houston Open, just being at Augusta is an almighty bonus. Haotong Li has gone backwards - four-over thru seven holes. Tony Finau is also off to a slow start, falling back to two-under for the tournament - two-over for round two. Steady as she goes for three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson who is one-under thru three. And there's a birdie three for Rory at the short-par four third! Has a share of the lead with Spieth and Kuchar. That's what Iain Dowie would call bouncebackability. Rory bounced back from a bad start Credit: AP 4:22PM Rory bounce back McIlroy gets that shot straight back with a birdie at the par-five second. He should be targetting three-under per round on the four 'five-pars' as they call them across the pond. 4:19PM Hope for the rest? Dan Zeqiri here, back for day two of the Masters where the leaderboard looks appetising. Early drama to sweep up before we go further. Rory McIlroy bogeyed the first to drop back to three-under, but more importantly Jordan Spieth took six down the opener. The first at Augusta always ranks in the top five hardest holes off the week - a 445-yard par four that is a stiff examination particularly with breeze against. 4:05PM Tip coming in... @CharlieFelix if @henrikstenson keeps the putter hot he’ll definitely be in the mix come Sunday afternoon. His iron shots were Odin-esque yesterday the Norse warrior has the game for Augusta he just needs the rub of the green on the greens & he’ll be in green!— John McEnerney (@MackerOnTheMed) April 6, 2018 Stenson's second round begins at 6.49pm BST. He's in the penultimate grouping with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. 3:30PM Tony Finau ...has dropped a shot. He bogied the first and has dropped to -3. Credit: Getty Images 3:08PM Two-shot swing Jimmy Walker sinks a second consecutive birdie as Ian Poulter drops back to par for the day with a bogey at the par-three fourth. 2:52PM Tuning up Nice insight here on Jordan Spieth's warm-up routine. 57 putts. 4 drives. Go inside the warm-up of first-round leader, @JordanSpieth. pic.twitter.com/p02cXQIW7Z— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 6, 2018 2:36PM Up and down Very eventful Friday morning for US amateur Doug Ghim thus far. He has backed up a double bogey on the first with back-to-back birdies on the second and third. Ghim finished yesterday's round with an eagle at the 18th. 2:33PM Strong start for Ian Poulter He's birdied the par five second and is back to one over for the Championship. 2:29PM Gallery What a perch, just overlooking the ninth green. Credit: AP 2:06PM Not just a bad dream No prizes for guessing whose entry this is. Credit: Getty Images 1:58PM Interested observers The fans are filing in at Augusta. Credit: AP 1:52PM Tracking Tiger Tiger Woods begins today on one over, but that could have easily been far rosier. Take a look through the highlights of his first round. Watch @TigerWoods' first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/wB1vc9KDq2— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 If you missed these goodies earlier this week, he's a graphic on how the 42 year-old has remodeled his swing: Tiger Woods' remodelled swing And here is James Corrigan's piece on his resurgence: The inside story of Tiger Woods' astonishing comeback 1:42PM Man of the people Another nice shot from the opening day, here. Tony Finau will never forget his first appearance at the Masters. His ankle stood up well enough for him to card a 68 yesterday. Credit: REUTERS 1:30PM Round two pin placement Pin placement information for the second round of #themasters. pic.twitter.com/qCDuNFbwgq— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 1:14PM Classy An excellent response from Sergio Garcia. What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man!�� https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 6, 2018 12:53PM Omen? Jordan Spieth will, obviously, be hoping to defy this trend. This is the 11th time in the last 40 years that a past champion of #TheMasters has led/co-led after the 1st round. None of the previous 10 went on to win. Last to do it: Jack Nicklaus in 1972.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 6, 2018 12:47PM Golden oldies A lovely image from yesterday. Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus (78) and Gary Player (82) share a joke. Credit: REUTERS Just the 27 majors between them. 12:38PM What a shot This was a freakishly good putt by Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th yesterday. This is the best putt you'll see today. #theMasterspic.twitter.com/C7A5MbVp5k— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 5, 2018 The South African, who tied for second back in 2012, recorded a one-under round. 12:17PM Back to it A champion in 2015, Jordan Spieth starts day two at Augusta with a two-shot lead courtesy of a six-under round to start the tournament. This is a helpful round-up of that strong opening from Spieth. He eagled the eighth and fired five birdies in succession on the back nine to card a 66 and end up two shots ahead of Tony Finau, remarkably fit enough to compete a day after dislocating his ankle, and Matt Kuchar. Watch @JordanSpieth's first round in under three minutes. #themasterspic.twitter.com/4wji7Vnsoh— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018 Just as Spieth excelled, Sergio Garcia sank to a disastrous round of 81 that featured a 13 (THIRTEEN) on the par five 15th hole. He put five balls in the water. You can read the view of golf correspondent James Corrigan right here. "From green jacket to straitjacket" is an exceptional line. Credit: AP This is a lovely, interactive illustration of the hole - named 'Firethorn' - that hosted the Spaniard's capitulation. Not that Garcia will be too keen to examine it. Augusta hole 15 We are about an hour and a half away from the the start of day two. England's Ian Poulter is in one of the earliest groupings, going off at 1.52pm BST. Tiger Woods begins his second round, all being well, at 6.27pm. Let the Masters video team gee you up. Welcome to Friday at #themasters. pic.twitter.com/4jO8YzknxL— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2018

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