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McIlroy, Kuchar share Masters lead after Spieth horror start

McIlroy, Kuchar share Masters lead after Spieth horror start

Tiger Woods is back at the Masters. Jordan Spieth, Sandy Lyle and Tyrrell Hatton were the others. He answered Marc Leishman's bold shot for an eagle by polishing off another run of three straight birdies.

So Tiger's push for major championship No. 15 will have to wait, but there is still much work to be done. Jordan Spieth finished the round atop the leaderboard at 6-under-par 66. He carded a 3 on the same hole when he played it in 2017 during his march to the title, Sports Illustrated wrote.

His performance at Augusta National has been magnificent through two days.

Ditto for Woods, except that he has some catching up to do.

Very little went right except for a pair of birdies on the par 5s on the back nine. Those hopes faded when he bounced around in the trees at No. 9 and made triple bogey and hit into Rae's Creek on No. 12 for a double bogey. And only a pair of birdies over the last five holes enabled him to scratch out a 73 and at least stay in range, seven shots behind.

"I've been in this kind of position before", Reed said. He loves this golf course. Playing at the major championship level, the Tour level is a bonus.

His tee shot at No. 11 rattled between some pine trees left.

Henrik Stenson quietly shot a 2-under 70 Friday to finish Round 2 at 5 under. Former Georgia assistant golf coach Jason Payne, in a statement to golf writer Stephanie Wei in 2015, said there were suspicions among Georgia golfers about Reed regarding this behavior. "It's one of those things. His record is spectacular around here".

Rory McIlroy wanted to get off to a solid start at the Masters, his latest shot at a career Grand Slam. I figured I had two par fives ahead of me.

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"It's not always the birdies that stick out in your mind", McIlroy said, calling those shots the highlights of his round. "But this is my best start in a few years".

Before beginning his afternoon round on Friday, Reed watched much of the early-day coverage and saw how tough the course was playing in gusty winds and with some hard hole locations. If you start to chase it around here, that's when you start to make mistakes. But the tall gangling golfer, just popped it back in place and hobbled away. He wasn't sure he could play until tests showed he was cleared to play.

Speaking to the New York Post after his opening round, Spieth said: "This golf course specifically, brings out a lot of feel in my game, and I think that's advantageous". "Quite honestly, it was a pretty cool moment followed by probably one of my most embarrassing moments and a scary moment at the same time. It's incredible. Just so thankful have this opportunity to be able to play golf again".

Garcia matched the most strokes needed on any hole in Masters history with his 13 at the par-five 15th - where he hit five consecutive balls in the water.

Canada's Adam Hadwin pushes his approach shot to the 11th green right, leading to a bogey and a 3-over 75 in the second round of the Masters on Friday. He sank a 20-footer for another birdie at the par-3 16th, giving him a bit of momentum heading into Friday. - Mark O'Meara (78-81), the 1998 Masters champion.

"'It's the first time in my career I make 13 without missing a shot", said a rueful Garcia.

BIG NAMES: Phil Mickelson lamented a "terrible putt" on No. 18 that could have salvaged a better opening round. He was tied for 29th.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia and 2016 victor Danny Willett missed the 36-hole cut Friday at Augusta National.

In one sense, he was happy to be playing. Woods - the famed athlete aiming to get back on top of the mountain after falling from grace because his infidelities went public, and then his public image took another hit when he was arrested past year for a DUI after he fell asleep behind the wheel. I left myself in bad spots.