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

Arnold Nichols
April 14, 2019

After he hit his approach shot from the wet rough, a security guard ran over to help control the crowd but instead slid into the player's ankle.

The man - yet to be identified - did hit Woods on his right foot, leading the 14-time major victor to jump in the air several times before limping back to the fairway.

As rain fell at Augusta National on the closing stages of day two, Woods played his second shot at the 14th from the pine straw to the left of the fairway.

However, the five men sharing the lead have all claimed major titles and will each be confident in their ability to deny Woods his first such success since the 2008 U.S. Open. The 48-year-old lefty is four-under for the tournament, three strokes back of the leaders at -7. "Hit some quality iron shots and when I missed I missed them in the right spot".

"But it's on the board and I am in position and it's going to be a good weekend".

Mickelson and Kuchar enter the third round both on four-under, three shots off the lead and with a chance of battling for the green jacket on Sunday.

Augusta National was bracing for the return of Tiger-mania on Saturday with Tiger Woods going toe-to-toe against an all-star leaderboard in what is expected to be an extraordinary day of golfing theater.

Rose suffered a cruel lip-out with a seven-foot putt at the 17th hole and then went from bad to worse, hardly touching the hole with a four-footer at the last. "Accidents happen, and we move on".

Koepka fired a 71 despite a double-bogey disaster at the par-5 second hole, birdies at 15 and 18 salvaging a sub-par round.

"I was moping a little bit in the bath, and Ellie said, "It's the Masters, you need to suck it up". It added up to a 68 for the Australian who won the Masters six years ago, and has gone three years since his last victory.

Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau started Friday with a one-shot lead.

He's had back and knee surgeries, he's lost entire years to injury, and it's not out of the realm of imagination that the guard could have undone all the work that Woods put in to get back to this level.

Scott then knocked in the eagle putt to move to eight under par.

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