Former world No. 1 Jason Day 1st off

Spieth admitted it wouldn't have been such a bad idea, noting that in the previous two years he had gotten up and down for birdie to that same hole location.

Watson had plenty of company.

The Australian world No. 3, whose career is closely followed by many Filipinos because of his parental roots in Leyte, couldn't get his game going in Day 2 of the Masters on Friday, finishing with 5 bogeys and a double bogey for a 76, and barely hanging on for a spot in the weekend rounds.

At even par are three past champions in Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth, all capable of grabbing this event by the throat over the weekend. Day started at 6-over par after shooting 74-76 his first two days to fall 10 shots behind.

Fowler has an impressive record in golf's big tournaments without lifting a trophy.

"But I'm not disappointed, I'm disappointed by what happened at the last, but I'm in a decent position going into the weekend". "We hit a lot of good golf shots but didn't really make the majority", Willett said.

Fowler moved forward, starting on the par-5 second hole, when he sank a bunker shot for eagle. By then, he already was squarely back in the mix with a few good bounces and his frightening touch on the greens.

"These first two rounds are probably the best I've ever played at Augusta", Garcia said. Pieters fired a 68 and Garcia signed for a 69. Hoffman was happy to walk off the course with a share of first.

First-round leader Charley Hoffman added 10 shots to his Thursday score.

The leaders were at 4-under 140.

Justin Rose's late run has him tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia heading into the final round of the Masters. And on the 25th anniversary of his 1992 conquest, Fred Couples, at age 57, is in contention once again, just three shots off the pace at minus-1.

The Masters is a time machine to the past.

Time, TV: 3-7 p.m., CBS. Rahm was born two years and seven months after Couples captured his green jacket.

Garcia only got out of position on the scoreboard.

His tee shot on No. 10 clipped a tree and shot back into the fairway, while Shane Lowry also hit a tree and couldn't find it. All three were wearing dark sweaters during the search, and the scorers were confused with who lost the ball. I had some easy pars that I made bogeys on. The others were 50-year-old Steve Stricker and 58-year-old Larry Mize.

"I knew that at some point bogeys were going to come", Garcia said.

"It's not just in majors", he said.

Over in 'Mercedesville, ' the luxury auto maker has not just set up a Masters corporate hospitality headquarters but rather a village of mansions anchored by a lavish multi-deck pavilion that serves as a restaurant/entertainment center on the Savannah River in Augusta's posh River Island neighborhood.

"How can you say no, I'm a competitor".

McGirt was one of the earliest starters Friday and, with a 1-over 73, is just one shot off the lead. Spieth looked done on Thursday with an opening 75 that included a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole.

And right there with them was Mickelson, who can become the oldest Masters champion. None of them are among the six players who make up the final three twosomes. "Having a chance is the best thing, and winning it, I'm sure it's wonderful", Garcia said. He knows there will be other opportunities, and other players are going to play tough holes too. Sergio Garcia, who started the round tied for first, was tied with Spieth halfway through the round. He missed the cut by a single stroke.

  • Julie Sanders