Garcia, Fowler book epic Masters weekend

Garcia, who has never finished higher than eighth at Augusta and started the day six shots behind Hoffman, made an early surge with birdies at the first three holes before giving back a stroke at the par-three fourth. Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler eventually matched the pair in the clubhouse at 4 under.

The Northern Irishman needs a win this week to complete the collection of golf's four major titles. "I'm not long like I used to be on this kind of course, but it still plays where I can reach a lot of these greens with shorter clubs to make the ball stop around the hole".

Best of the rest: Garcia has had plenty of chances to snag that elusive major, but this may be his best in the last few years after a 3-under 69 gave him a share of the lead.

"Man, I love it", Mickelson said. "I feel like my age is still OK, because I can drive it far enough".

And whatever happens, at the very least, he'll be entertaining. He's through three holes.

Three bogeys followed either side of Garcia's next gain on the ninth, including a five at the par-four 10th that was wrongly reported as a seven on the official Masters leaderboard before a correction was issued.

"I actually controlled the ball really well yesterday, I didn't putt particularly well", Moore said. He ballooned to a 75 with five bogeys in a six-hole stretch. Garcia has had just one top-10 finish in his past 12 appearances. Was he now 1 under and falling back after sharing the lead just minutes ago? His third shot had gotten wet, and he missed a 4-footer to make bogey on a hole he thought he could birdie. It was soon announced that it was a scoring error and Garcia had merely made bogey on the hole, leaving him at 2-under par for the tournament.

"My game's fine. The frustrating thing is my game's fine and I missed the cut, and I'm not playing the weekend at Augusta". "I know there were some good ones".

But his entire Amen Corner would be a rollercoaster ride. Like McIlroy, Lowry entered the second round on level par. "I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself, but I'd be lying to say it's not a great feeling and a great spot to be". Does Jordan Spieth have a shot at winning his second Green Jacket?

"Obviously there were a couple moments out there where I could have lost it a little bit", Garcia said. He bounced back from a bogey behind the 13th green by firing a 3-iron across the water and into the wind to the 15th green for a two-putt birdie. There's also this thing about him being engaged, to former college golfer Angela Akins, with a wedding anticipated for later this year.

The Northern Irishman had an unfortunate end to his round when he looked to have hit a flawless approach into the par-four 18th, only to see his ball hit the flag and bounce back off the green. "Now I have a chance going into the weekend". While the 13th is often reachable in two shots, Hoffman was 240 yards from the hole and hitting into the wind.

  • Julie Sanders