Tiger Woods only one back as five share halfway lead at Augusta

Rory Mc Ilroy blotted his card with six bogeys on day one

Woods missed a great chance to advance further on the 12th, and his pulled drive at 13 took a fortunate kick off the branches and back into play, which he took full advantage of with a birdie four before a neat up-and-down at 15 got him to 10 under.

One hole earlier, a pinpoint chip to set up birdie had drawn with one shot.

Woods was in the midst of a decent second round when, moments after an impressive shot through the trees to reach the 14th green, a security guard who rushed in to control a swarming crowd slipped on the rain-soaked ground and into his right foot. "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff".

Day defied crippling back pain to be in contention after the first round - somehow posting a 2-under par 70 to finish day one just four shots from the lead despite aggravating his chronic back injury and needing medical treatment just five shots in.

Woods was in the clubhouse with a 5-under 67, his best round of the tournament.

Woods returned from spinal fusion surgery last year and contended at the British Open and PGA Championship then snapped a five-year US PGA Tour win drought at the Tour Championship and stretched his comeback story again Friday with no health issues after great play on one of golf's biggest stages.

"It was fun", Woods said after the round, before saying he was confident on how he was striking the ball ahead of the weekend.

"We have been dealing with mud balls pretty much all week, so I'm going to pray for clean golf balls in the fairway and we'll go at it from there", said Fowler, 7 under after a 68 on Saturday.

That left him just shy of the biggest co-leader pack ever after 36 holes at the Masters, the five one more than in 2017 and 1973 - each time the eventual victor coming from the top foursome. Bryson DeChambeau, who shared the 18-hole lead with Koepka, went bogey-double bogey around the turn and shot 75.

A bold tee shot at the 16th resulted in his sixth birdie of the day, and he parred in to stay in a share of second which ensured him his place in Sunday's final threesome with Molinari and his Ryder Cup team-mate Finau. "I'm in a good spot to kind of run with them".

It worked wonders as he appeared to be in considerably less pain while putting together a round that was almost flawless, although Day said his wife Ellie deserved just as much credit for his remarkable recovery.

Finau, a 29-year-old American became the third player to shoot an 8-under 64 in the third round of the Masters.

Woods was tied with Dustin Johnson, another major champion and world No. 1, along with Xander Schauffele and Masters newcomer Justin Harding of South Africa.

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