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

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

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

Playing in his third Masters, Cantlay made four birdies on the front nine and four on the back to move to 6-under for the tournament.

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

Scott, who has never led at Augusta despite winning the green jacket in 2013, was happy with his round. "This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff".

Any other time, a hobbled Day might have might have been the story after getting up off the deck to shoot five-under 67.

"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", Woods said.

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

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.

He didn't show any trouble the rest of the way, and didn't find much interest in talking about it after his round except to say "accidents happen" and "it's all good".

Woods had played a sublime recovery shot from the pine straw immediately prior to that incident and duly converted his resulting birdie putt before picking up another shot at the 15th to get to six under.

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.

The guard clipped Woods' foot and ankle, leaving Woods hopping away in pain before making his way to the green - where he pulled off a long putt to ice a truly remarkable birdie.

With the forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Sunday officials have made a decision to send golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees rather than traditional pairs in an attempt to get the final round completed and avoid a Monday finish to the year's first major.

"It was a solid day off the tee, hit the ball well", Molinari said.

He was later joined by four-time champion Woods, who looked a little out of sorts early in his round and followed four pars with a dropped shot at the fifth to raise fears that he would head in the wrong direction on moving day.

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