Masters Round Two: Patrick Reed Storms Into Lead At Augusta

Augusta National

BC-GLF-Masters, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 1070 Reed takes lead as Masters takes shape without Tiger in mixAP Photo AUG348, AUG327, AUG338, AUG331, AUG318, AUG332, AUG274, GAATJ107, SPANAUG167, AUG264, GAATJ112, GAATJ108, AUG165, AUG260Eds: Updates. I had no doubt that he would string together something feisty coming home because that's what Jordan Spieth does at the Masters.

Leishman followed that eagle with three pars.

Woods found a greenside bunker at the par-3 fourth. It plopped down 5 feet away.

"After that, I just said to (caddie) Harry (Diamond), "let's just try and hit fairways and greens here, and if we do that, we're going to be OK", he told reporters. He hit his ball to the front of the green at nine, but it spun back off the green and down the hill in the fairway.

Three-time Masters victor Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number at 5-over 149.

The Australian, who made a double-bogey on the same hole in the first round, weighed other options before finally opting for the risky play of hooking it around a tree and over the water.

It was the eighth time in his last 13 rounds at the Masters that Spieth ended a round with the lead.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson, who turns 48 in June, is aware that his prospects are limited.

Ditto for Woods, except that he has some catching up to do. As of 10:00 a.m. ET, with 24 players having begun their first round, only one is under par.

His tee shot at the par-3 12th came up short and rolled into renowned Rae's Creek. 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.

The duo set off with Fred Couples (who's accompanied Woods all three practice rounds) in the afternoon on Wednesday. They have it right where they want it.

He bounced back with a birdie at No. 12 to get to 2 over for the tournament. Even so, his 66 sent a strong message.

The pair emerged from the pack on an eventful second day, with 2016 British Open victor Henrik Stenson (70) third at five under.

"It looks like just grinding out par on the weekend out here", Spieth said.

McIlroy said he had the wrong idea when he started out.

McIlroy shot a 3-under 69, breaking 70 in the first round at Augusta National for the first time since 2011.

"Jordan had a pretty strong finish there", McIlroy said. Reed was determined to get off to a good start without becoming too aggressive. "When you have those kind of tricks playing out there it doesn't make it any easier".

McIlroy calmed himself down after a see-saw start to his second round on a blustery day within the Cathedral of Pines and carved out a one-under-par 71 that put him in contention at four-under at the halfway mark of the year's first major. X-rays were negative, and Finau was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.

"I had a 6-iron and 2-iron into each par-5 [on the first 9], and I missed on both, " he said. "But I made some nice par saves and was able to grind out some phenomenal second-shot iron shots and good two-putt birdies". Rickie Fowler. All members of the 20-something club.

Former world number one Woods was considered one of the favourites in his bid to collect a fifth Green Jacket after showing impressive form in his return to competition this year, but was unable to make any noise for a second consecutive day.

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