AUGUSTA, Ga. – It is a bit chilly at Augusta National, and temperatures will not rise above the mid-60s throughout the second round of the Masters on Friday.
Augusta National is a bit muddy after heavy storms early in the week and will need some wind to harden up to normal weekend conditions. There is no rain in the forecast on Saturday or Sunday.
Stay tuned to our Masters Tracker – focusing on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy this afternoon – for the latest happenings at Augusta National as players try to stay inside the cut line.
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Tournament update: 7:21 p.m. EDT
Tiger hammers a drive at his final hole, setting himself up with a good angle to the 18th green. But his iron play lets him down again, putting it the greenside bunker at the front of the green.
He plays a beautiful bunker shot to about eight inches and he taps in for par. He finishes at 3 over and will start Saturday eight shots back of the leaders.
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Tournament update: 7:07 p.m. EDT
After his hot start, these words didn’t seem likely to come out of anyone’s mouth: Will Tiger Woods make the cut?
Right now, he’s two shots clear of the cut line, but is headed to two holes – Nos. 17 and 18 – that he bogeyed on Thursday. Tied for 41st and within eight shots of the lead, Tiger needs to stay there just to stay in the tournament.
His tee ball on No. 17 finds the left rough, but he should be able to go after the green from there. His second shot goes well into the air and lands just off the green. He putts from there and comes up about three feet short of the cup. He drains it for a par to stay at 3 over.
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Tournament update: 6:48 p.m. EDT
With the honors after a par, Tiger Woods is the first tee off at the par 3. The short holes have eaten him up today, going 2 over on them.
Tiger is flat-out frustrated now, sending his tee ball right and into a greenside bunker. He dropped his club after impact and gave it a swift kick. Tiger was plugged in the bunker and has to take a big whack at it and it goes across the green and settles in the rough, only inches from rolling down the hill and into water. He nearly makes the chip and picks up another bogey and is now 3 over.
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Tournament update: 6:22 p.m. EDT
Having missed another chance to get his mojo going, Tiger Woods gets to the final scoring hole, the par-5 15th, in desperate need of a birdie – if not eagle.
Tiger gets the hole started the right way, smacking his tee ball down the middle of the fairway. He goes well right with his second shot, hits his third into the bunker, gets out of the bunker to about two feet and saves par.
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Tournament update: 6:07 p.m. EDT
Coming off another disappointing par – although the save was exciting – Tiger Woods needs to find some momentum as he enters his final five holes.
Tiger goes left again off the tee, but gets a fortunate break and will have a clean look at the green. Tiger plays a magnificent second shot that cuts back to the hole and leaves himself a good birdie chance. And he misses to the left, hitting the cup and running two feet past. He makes his par to stay at 2 over. He hasn’t birdied a hole since No. 3.
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Tournament update: 5:49 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods is an amazing 41 under on the par-5 13th hole and will need to make some under-par magic happen here if he hopes to stay in contention this weekend.
Tiger gets away with an errant tee ball, hitting a tree and staying out of Rae’s Creek up the left side. He tries to go for the green in two and sticks in a bank above Rae’s Creek and has to take a drop. He plays a nice fourth shot to about six feet for a par attempt. He makes it to save par and stay at 2 over.
• Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar has moved to 3 under after a birdie on No. 15. The cut line remains at 5 over, unless Kuchar, Nick Watney or Henrik Stenson can somehow grab the lead at 6 under. Sang-Moon Bae makes an eagle at the 13th to move to 1 over. Miguel Angel Jimenez moves back to 4 under with a birdie at No. 13.
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Tournament update: 5:24 p.m. EDT
A day after playing Nos. 10-12 at 1 under, Tiger Woods is now 1 over on those same holes as he steps to the 12th tee.
Tiger’s tee ball tracks at the hole, but goes deep and he’ll have some work to do to make par. He nearly holes his chip from off the green and he makes par to get through Nos. 10-12 at 1 over, but is 2 over for the tournament and will need to take advantage of the par 5s at Nos. 13 and 15.
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Tournament update: 5:16 p.m. EDT
The always dangerous 11th hole presents a tough tee shot, with very little to hit into in the fairway.
But Tiger hammers it up the middle of the fairway to set himself up with a chance to attack the green. But he pushes his approach shot to the right and sets up a very tough chip shot. He does play a nice chip that slips past the hole. He two-putts from there to drop to 2 over, now seven shots off the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Miguel Angel Jimenez bogeys the 11th hole to drop to 3 under.
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Tournament update: 4:54 p.m. EDT
Now six shots back of the lead and entering a tough stretch of holes, Tiger Woods will need to stay calm and collected despite being 1 over for the day.
After hitting the fairway off the 10th tee, Tiger Woods hits the green, but leaves himself a lengthy birdie try. He nearly holes the lengthy putt and settles for a tap-in par to stay at 1 over.
• Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney picks up a three-putt bogey to fall back to 3 under, two shots off the lead.
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Tournament update: 4:37 p.m. EDT
Coming off a disappointing par, Tiger Woods makes his way to the 9th tee in need of a spark.
He does find the fairway with his tee ball, giving himself a chance to attack the 9th green. He does hit the green, but leaves himself a lengthy birdie attempt. He leaves the birdie attempt well short and two-putts from five feet for a bogey and makes the turn at 1-over 37 and is now six shots off the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney is playing a wonderful front nine, picking up another birdie at No. 8 to move to 4 under and one shot off the lead.
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Tournament update: 4:14 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods gets to the second par 5 of the day and will need to take advantage of it after giving back both of his front-nine birdies with bogeys.
Tiger is still struggling off the tee, sending his tee ball to the left. He has to lay up with his second shot, putting in the middle of the fairway. With his third, he puts it to easy birdie range. But he misses the putt and picks up a par to stay at even for the tournament.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy cards a 3-under 69 after an impressive up-and-down from the side of the 18th green. McIlroy heads to the clubhouse at 4 under, one shot off the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson pars the 18th to cap off a 1-under 71 to move to 4 under for the tournament. Both Henrik Stenson and Nick Watney have moved to 3 under, with Watney picking up birdie at the par-4 7th. Phil Mickelson drains a long birdie putt at the par-4 18th to cap off a 4-under 68 and moved to 2 under for the tournament.
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Tournament update: 3:53 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods has played the par-4 7th hole well historically, but did bogey the hole on Thursday.
He pushes his tee ball into the right rough and will have a tough approach shot. He makes good contact with his second shot, but it comes up short of the green. He plays a beautiful chip shot to about a foot and he taps in for par to stay at even par.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy goes right off the tee at the 17th, hits into a greenside bunker, and can’t get up-and-down and drops back to 4 under, one off the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia falls out of a tie for the lead with a bogey at the 18th, finishing at 4 under after a 68 on Friday.
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Tournament update: 3:36 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods has played the par-3 6th hole at 1 over for his career, including a par on Thursday.
Tiger hits a poor tee shot, flying it over the green, trying to attack the back pin position. Left with little room to chip into, Tiger plays his chip out to the left, leaving a difficult, breaking par putt. Tiger misses it and picks up another bogey to move back to even for the tournament.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy picks up a two-putt par at the par-3 16th to stay at 5 under, tied with Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia and Jason Dufner for the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson birdies the 16th to move to 4 under, one shot off the lead. Fred Couples caps off a 5-under 67 with a nice up-and-down par on 18.
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Tournament update: 3:22 p.m. EDT
The par-4 5th hole hasn’t been kind to Tiger Woods over the years either, with only five birdies on the hole for his career.
After smacking his tee ball into the middle of the fairway, Tiger hits the green with his approach, but leaves himself a long birdie attempt. The birdie try comes up short and left, but makes the par putt to stay at 1 under.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy picks up a nice birdie at the par-5 15th hole to move to 5 under and is now in a four-way tie for the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: A double bogey at the 18th dropped Lee Westwood out of the lead and there is a four-way tie for the lead. Meanwhile, playing just ahead of Tiger, Charl Schwartzel is 2 under thru four holes to move to 2 under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson is 2 under thru 14 holes to move back to even for the tournament. Due to an injury, Jason Day withdrew from the Masters after the seventh hole on Friday.
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Tournament update: 2:59 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods now heads to a hole that he is 18 over on in his career at Augusta National, although he did par the par-3 4th hole on Thursday.
The hole bites him again on Friday, with Tiger giving a stroke back with a bogey and falls back to 1 under.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy is holding steady, picking up a par on the par-4 14th hole to stay at 4 under.
• Elsehwere on the course: The 18th hole bit another player, this time it was co-leader Jason Dufner, who is now out of the lead after a bogey dropped him to 5 under. Dufner carded a 2-under 70 on Friday. Fred Couples is at 5 under after birdies at Nos. 15 and 16, while Sergio Garcia joins him with a birdie at 15.
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Tournament update: 2:47 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods moves to the par-4 3rd hole, the only par 4 that Tiger birdied on Thursday.
And he does it again, picking up his second birdie in three holes to open his second round to move to 2 under and in a tie for ninth.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy is back at 4 under after a birdie at the par-5 13th hole, two shots back of leaders Jason Dufner and Lee Westwood.
• Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley picks up birdie on Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 2 under for the tournament.
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Tournament update: 2:28 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods heads to his first par 5 of the day. He was only 1 under on the par 5s Thursday, a full stroke under his career average at Augusta National.
Tiger is still not figuring out the par 5s, picking up a pedestrian par at the 2nd hole to remain at 1 under.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy piked up another par, this time at the par-3 12th, missing a nice birdie opportunity. McIlroy stays at 3 under, two off the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: The leaders – Jason Dufner and Lee Westwood – make birdies at 16 and 15, respectively – to move the lead to 6 under. Meanwhile, thru 10 holes, Phil Mickelson is still at 1 over for the tournament. He is well inside of the cut line, currently projected at 5 over. Charles Howell III eagled the par-5 15th hole to move to 2 under and in a tie for ninth. Howell III is a native of Augusta. Lastly, Ben Crane finished with a bogey at 18 to fall to 2 under after a 1-over 73 on Friday.
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Tournament update: 2:01 p.m. EDT
Tiger Woods has taken to the first tee and will try not to replicate yesterday’s hook into the straw that got his round off to a frustrating start. Tiger has only birdied No. 1 four times in his career.
Ending Thursday at T-29, Tiger has moved to T-22 without even lifting a club. And he moves up to T-16 after an improbable birdie at No. 1 to move into red numbers for the tournament at 1 under.
• What’s up with Rory? McIlroy hit both the fairway and green in regulation, but two-putts for a par at the par-4 11th to stay at 3 under.
• Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner birdied the par-4 14th hole to move into a tie for the lead at 5 under. Peter Hanson has dropped out of that tie after a bogey at No. 10 to drop him to 4 under, while Lee Westwood parred the par-5 13th to stay at 5 under.
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Tournament update: 1:38 p.m. EDT
In 10 career rounds, Rory McIlroy has yet to birdie the par-4 10th hole.
McIlroy pummels his drive at the 10th and safely lands his approach on the green, but has a lengthy birdie try. That attempt travels well past the hole and he misses the comebacker and picks up his first bogey of the day and falls back to 3 under.
• Elsewhere on the course: Ben Crane is having an up-and-down back nine, picking up bogey at the par-5 15th hole to fall back to 3 under for the tournament. Louis Oosthuizen used a 3-under 33 on the back nine to fight back to 4 under for the tournament. Phil Mickelson continues to sputter, not making a signifcant move, but still sits at 1 over and in a tie for 33rd.
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Tournament update: 1:25 p.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy polished off an impressive front nine with a par, making the turn in 3-under 33 and is now one shot off the lead.
Coming into the 2012 Masters, McIlroy has played the back nine at 4 over. He’ll need to be steady coming in to grab one of the final spots come Saturday.
• Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood picked up his first birdie of the day, posting a two at the par-3 12th hole to move back into a tie for the lead at 5 under. At 4 under, Jason Dufner has moved back into a tie for third with a birdie at No. 13.
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Tournament update: 1:17 p.m. EDT
We have a new solo leader: Peter Hanson.
Hanson takes the lead after Lee Westwood bogeys No. 11 to fall to 4 under. Joining Westwood at 4 under is Louis Oosthuizen, who birdied No. 17 to get back to even on the day. Ben Crane and Rory McIlroy are also at 4 under.
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Tournament update: 1:01 p.m. EDT
In 10 rounds, Rory McIlroy has played the par-5 8th hole in 1 under. If he manages a birdie for the second straight day, he’d be in a tie for the lead.
But he doesn’t, settling for a par to stay at 4 under and one shot back of the lead.
• Elsewhere on the course: Spaniard Sergio Garcia birdied Nos. 7 and 8 to move to 4 under, tied with Ben Crane and McIlroy in third. Crane birdied the par-5 13th to move back to 4 under. Lee Westwood continues on his par train, picking up another par at the 10th to stay at 5 under. Fred Couples has run off three straight birdies to close his front nine and has moved to 3 under. And, finally, Louis Oosthuizen is back on the leaderboard after birdies at Nos. 14 and 16 to move to 3 under as well.
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Tournament update: 12:40 p.m. EDT
And here comes Rory McIlroy! The Northern Irishman just birdied the par-4 7th hole to move to 4 under on the tournament, one shot back of co-leaders Peter Hanson and Lee Westwood.
• Elsewhere on the course: Ben Crane fell back to even on the day with a bogey at No. 11, dropping back to 3 under for the tournament. Co-leader Lee Westwood isn’t carving up Augusta National like he did on Thursday, but is still holding steady at 5 under after a pars at Nos. 8-9. He has nine pars to start his day.
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Tournament update: 12:25 p.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy is holding steady at 3 under, making par at the par-3 6th hole and staying within two shots of the lead.
At the same time, Phil Mickelson gave one back to the field, picking up bogey at the par-4 5th hole to fall back to 1 over for the tournament.
• Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner has fallen back to 3 under after a bogey at No. 9, finishing off an even-par front nine that included three birdies, a double bogey and a bogey. Bubba Watson doesn’t seem to have the same spark as Thursday, picking up a bogey at the 5th to fall back to 2 under for the tournament. Also at 2 under is Sean O’Hair, who has four birdies and a bogey on the first seven holes of the back nine.
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Tournament update: 12:05 p.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy is now two shots behind the leaders, but his birdie run ended on the par-4 5th hole, picking up a par to stay at 3 under for the tournament. McIlroy will play the par-3 6th hole next, a hole that he has 10 pars on in his 10 career rounds.
• Elsewhere on the course: Three-time champ Phil Mickelson has moved to even par for the tournament after a birdie at No. 4. Meanwhile, we have a tie atop the leaderboard after Peter Hanson birdied the par-3 4th hole to move to 5 under. Lee Westwood is also at 5 under after his seventh straight par to start the round.
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Tournament update: 11:45 a.m. EDT
Quietly – and in almost stealth fashion – Rory McIlroy has climbed into a tie for 5th after a birdie at the par-3 4th hole and is now 3 under for the tournament. He’ll now head to the par-4 5th hole, which he has only one career birdie on against three bogeys.
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Tournament update: 11:41 a.m. EDT
We’re starting to feel like a broken record: Leader Lee Westwood picked up his sixth par to start the day, this one on the par-3 6th hole to stay at 5 under.
Ben Crane has made the turn after a 1-under 35 on the front nine to move to 4 under overall.
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Tournament update: 11:38 a.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson said after Thursday’s round he could get himself back to even par with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 early in his round. He failed at the former, but just nailed the latter to move to 1 over for the tournament. Hunter Mahan, playing with Lefty, picked up bogey on the same hole to fall back to 1 over.
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Tournament update: 11:35 a.m. EDT
Peter Hanson has worked his way back to where he started the day, making a birdie at No. 3 to get back to 4 under and one shot back of Lee Westwood. After a double bogey at No. 1, Hanson has made back-to-back birdies.
Sergio Garcia is 2 under on his round after birdies at Nos. 2 and 4 and now is tied for 10th.
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Tournament update: 11:31 a.m. EDT
Former Masters champ Zach Johnson ran into some trouble as he finished his front nine, picking up a double bogey at the par-4 9th to fall back to 1 under for the tournament.
Relative unknown Kevin Chappell fired a 1-under 71 on Thursday, but is stumbling on Friday, going 4 over thru 11 holes.
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Tournament update: 11:26 a.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy is creeping toward the leader after a birdie at the par-4 3rd hole, moving to 2 under for the tournament.
Fred Couples has moved into red numbers with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 to sit at 1 under for the tournament.
Lee Westwood posted his fifth-straight par to start the round to stay at 5 under and maintain his one-shot lead over Jason Dufner and Ben Crane.
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Tournament update: 11:20 a.m. EDT
Jason Dufner continues to ride his personal roller coaster, recovering from a double-bogey at No. 4 with a birdie at No. 6 to move to 4 under, one shot behind Lee Westwood. Dufner is tied with Ben Crane, who is 1 under thru seven holes on Friday.
Peter Hanson recovers from his double bogey at No. 1 with a nice birdie at No. 2 to move to 3 under. Phil Mickelson, playing with Hanson, pars No. 2 to stay at 2 over and T-50 overall.
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Tournament update: 11:11 a.m. EDT
The long-hitting group of Rory McIlroy, Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson all failed to birdie the par-5 2nd, all making par instead. McIlroy stays at 1 under, Watson at 3 under and Cabrera is even par.
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Tournament update: 11:04 a.m. EDT
It was a rough start for Peter Hanson, picking up a double bogey on No. 1 to fall back to 2 under, three shots off Lee Westwood’s lead.
Both Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy made par at No. 1 at the outset of their second rounds.
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Tournament update: 10:57 a.m. EDT
Of the first five groups that teed off on Friday, only one player is in red figures – Sean O’Hair, who is 2 under on the day and 1 under for the tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen – one shot off the lead coming into the day – is 3 over thru eight holes and has fallen back to 1 under.
Leader Lee Westwood is playing the Mr. Consistent card today, picking up another par at the par-3 4th hole to stay at 5 under, one shot ahead of Ben Crane and Peter Hanson (who has yet to tee off).
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Tournament update: 10:47 a.m. EDT
Some oldies, but goodies are making a move early on Friday, with Jim Furyk picking up birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 3 under, while Vijay Singh birdied the par-4 3rd to also go to 3 under.
Unheralded Scott Stallings is showing that all of the work he put into preparing for Augusta is paying off, also making birdie at No. 3 to get to 3 under.
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Tournament update: 10:43 a.m. EDT
Leader Lee Westwood is holding steady at the outset of his round, picking up his third straight par to stay at 5 under.
Rory McIlroy is now on the course, having just teed off on No. 1. In three appearances at the Masters, McIlroy has shot 73-77-69 in the second round. He held the lead after the second round in 2011.
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Tournament update: 10:35 a.m. EDT
Jason Dufner’s hot start just came to a screeching halt, as he picked up a double-bogey on the par-3 4th hole to fall back to 3 under and out of the lead.
Ian Poulter is making some noise early, going 2 under thru his first six holes to move to 2 under for the tournament.
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Tournament update: 10:30 a.m. EDT
With his run up the leaderboard, Jonathan Byrd is showing shades of his 2003 Masters form, when he finished T-8. He has missed the cut in his last three appearances (2004, 2008, 2011). Byrd is currently two shots off the lead at 3 under.
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Tournament update: 10:25 a.m. EDT
Jason Dufner has moved into a tie for the lead at 5 under after a birdie at the par-3 3rd hole, while Lee Westwood misses an opportunity at the par-5 2nd hole and settles for a par.
Jonathan Byrd birdied his third straight hole to move to 3 under.
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Tournament update: 10:08 a.m. EDT
Jason Dufner birdies the par-5 2nd hole to move to 4 under and is tied with Ben Crane and Peter Hanson a stroke behind Lee Westwood.
Westwood opened his round with a solid par at the par-4 1st hole.
Jonathan Byrd is making an early run into red numbers, picking up birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 2 under.
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Tournament update: 9:40 a.m. EDT
It is downright chilly at Augusta National, but leader Lee Westwood should be used to playing in poor conditions, being from England and all.
In 12 second rounds, Westwood has broken par four times – 1997 (71), 1999 (71), 2010 (69) and 2011 (67). He also has three even-par rounds (2002, 2005, 2009).
• Elsewhere on the course: Former Masters champ Zach Johnson has birdied two straight holes (Nos. 2 and 3) to move to 3 under, while Ben Crane birdied the par-5 2nd to move to 4 under.
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Tournament update: 9:27 a.m. EDT
Louis Oosthuizen is having a roller-coaster round, picking up a birdie at the par-4 3rd hole to move back to 3 under. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson makes up for his bogey at No. 1 with a birdie at No. 2 to get back to 2 under.
Ben Crane is also on the course and parred the first hole to stay at 3 under.
While sloppy, these players will need to take advantage of the softer-than-normal greens to separate themselves from the afternoon group that will likely play on a faster course.
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Tournament update: 9:08 a.m. EDT
Two players that finished in the top 10 Thursday – Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson – are on the course currently.
Johnson picked up an opening bogey at No. 1 – by many considered the toughest hole on the course – to fall back to 1 under. Oosthuizen made a par at No. 1, but then picked up a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 2nd to fall back to 2 under.
Top-ranked amateur Patrick Cantlay is playing with Johnson and is also at 1 under after an opening par.
There seems to be some early scores out there, with both Martin Laird and Ian Woosnam 2 under on their respective rounds.
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Tournament update: 9 a.m. EDT
In looking at more stats from Thursday’s first round, the eight eagles jump out not because there were so few, but because of the players that picked them up.
The two from Henrik Stenson weren’t a surprise because of his distance, but two from Paul Lawrie? Kevin Chappell? Zach Johnson? Padraig Harrington? None of those guys are huge bombers off the tee.
Also, where are the eagles from those we expect to see them from? Tiger, Lefty, Rory and Westwood all went without one. With the course still offering fairly soft conditions, you might see more eagles today.
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Tournament update: 8:30 a.m. EDT
Only eight players are on the course right now, none of which are closer than six shots of the lead (Sean O’Hair at 1 over).
In looking at the stats from Thursday, it is no wonder than Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are have to play a bit of catch-up on Friday.
Starting with Tiger, he is 62nd in the field at 272 yards average in driving distance, hitting only 6 of 14 fairways in regulation and 12 of 18 greens in regulation. In a year where his putting has been the big question mark, it was actually his putter that saved an even-par 72 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, McIlroy is 65th in the field in driving distance at 271 yards, he also only hit 6 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation. McIlroy managed to post a 1-under 71 that could have been a lot worse considering his double bogey at No. 1 and a ball into Rae’s Creek on the par-5 13th.