Sergio Garcia will test major mettle again on weekend at Masters

However, he's tied for this spot with Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowlers all sharing the same score.

"I'm disappointed by what happened at the last (hole), but I'm in a decent position going into the weekend", he said. He's posted 22 top 10s in majors in his career and is probably too good to be another Colin Montgomerie and not win one. If not for that fortunate break on No. 13, he would have lost one or two strokes on that hole and who knows how many others on the following holes if he wasn't able to recover mentally.

Day has never finished outside the top 30 in six previous Masters appearances, including two top-three finishes as well as a tie for 10th in 2016.

"Being a part of a major, it's exciting already".

"Yeah, the weather's going to be better, the wind's not going to be as strong", he said. He won the Mid-Amateur in dramatic fashion previous year at the Old Course at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa., trailing Scott Harvey by four holes with five to play, but rallying to win four holes with birdies to force sudden death.

The world number two was left cursing a tentative third-round 77 at Augusta National a year ago as he lost a last group duel with Jordan Spieth by four strokes, eventually settling for a tie for 10th instead of the green jacket he needs to complete a career grand slam of majors.

Coverage of today's Masters 2017 action will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 and 4 with coverage starting at 7pm. On Thursday, he took another quad with a 9 on the par-5 15th.

Late afternoon starters in the pack on 71 included England's Justin Rose, the reigning Olympic champion and 2013 US Open victor, and Phil Mickelson, a five-time Major champion. Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have all won the green jacket before and they all rest on level par.

Bye, bye, Bubba? Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson had a awful 78 on Friday and, at 8-over par, left himself on the wrong side of the cut line at Augusta National.

After finishing up the next day, tied for 12th and an afterthought, Garcia was asked if he really meant what he said or had just gotten caught up in the frustration of the moment.

Hoffman, who made nine birdies in a brilliant opening round to lead a major for the first time, was in control as he birdied the second but he fell apart with five bogeys in a six-hole stretch mid-round. However, Hoffman could not maintain the margin with bogeys on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes.

"So, if I can put together a 67 or a 66 tomorrow, I feel like I'll be right in there for Sunday".

But this week at Augusta National, the leaderboard dreams are coming true.

Making birdies should be easier this weekend after the gusty conditions that hit the course Thursday and Friday calm down. "I made a lot of great putts". Friday, his four-stroke lead disappeared quickly, and a gaggle of golfers - packed with big names - have set the stage for a shootout over the weekend in the year's first major championship.

  • Julie Sanders