Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia among four sharing lead at Masters

Garcia, who turned in a four-under 69 and went 21 holes without a bogey, was tied for the lead alone with Hoffman until Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler showed up.

And the fun is just starting.

That won't make it any easier, as survival gives way to what could be a shootout among some of golf's biggest stars.

A trio of fellow former champions, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson are tied on level par just four shots off the pace on a quality leaderboard that augurs well for a dramatic weekend of major championship golf.

A 36-hole shootout is expected the next two days as the whipping wind, which sent scores soaring in the first two rounds, leaves the area.

Spieth could make Masters history here. "We're in a good spot".

"The wind won't be as much of a factor tomorrow so there should be more birdies", Fowler said. "If we can put the cherry on top, that would be even better".

He pronounced himself "extremely pleased" with the Saturday result, which included a birdie at the par-5 13th hole that came after he ripped a 228-yard four iron over Rae's Creek and nearly made the eagle putt. He bounced back with a birdie and stayed in the lead. After playing well in the windy conditions during the first round, Hoffman struggled during the second and made five bogies over a stretch of six holes.

Pieters fired a 68 Friday, including a 33 on the back nine a day after he fell from 5 under to even with a back-nine 40. He was most pleased with the birdie putt he made from the fringe on the par-3 16th, right after his only bogey of the round. Hoffman was simply happy to join them.

Seven of the top 15-ranked players sit in the top 15 of the tournament, perhaps the most unlikely being Spieth, who has battled back from an opening-round 75 that included a quadruple-bogey 9 at the 15th hole on Thursday.

The leaders were at 4-under 140.

Five years after claiming he was not good enough to win a major and needed to "play for second or third place", Sergio Garcia claimed a share of the lead on day two of the 81st Masters.

This includes the start time, TV info, live stream and more. And the player considered one of the best to have not won a major finished the day tied for the lead at 4 under after 3-under 69. Dozens of golfers are going after the illustrious green jacket, which is awarded to the victor.

The South African made a double-bogey and five bogeys in his first eight holes to slump to 10 over par. His Saturday 71 left him six shots behind the leaders. "And when we hit a couple of bad ones, we got the worst score we could".

"I just kept things moving forward", Fowler said.

"I'm a competitor, so I like to believe in myself", he said.

"I love being in this position". Both were wearing dark sweaters during the search, and the scorers were confused with who lost the ball.

  • Julie Sanders