Masters 2017 live blog: Fowler among four co-leaders at Augusta

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Masters 2017 live blog: Fowler among four co-leaders at Augusta

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Masters 2017 live blog: Fowler among four co-leaders at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Masters continues Friday. Follow all action with our live blog.

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Masters Second-round Live Blog

UPDATE No. 66 (8:28 p.m. ET): Saturday tee times are here!

UPDATE No. 65 (7:30 p.m. ET): The day is over! Here’s a snapshot of the top l5 on the leaderboard heading into the weekend! What a leaderboard we have heading into Round 3!

UPDATE No. 64 (7:15 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson is in at 1 over for two days. That’s an even-par 72 on Friday.

UPDATE No. 63 (7:10 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth closes with birdie for three in his last six and a 3-under 69, he’s even par for the tournament and four back

UPDATE No. 62 (7:01 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler misses a short birdie putt at 18, but that’s still a 67 and he’s in at 4 under. That ties Garcia, Pieters and Hoffman for the overall and clubhouse lead.

UPDATE No. 61 (6:50 p.m. ET): Fred Couples, Baby! Boom Boom nearly holes out for eagle at 18. A closing birdie will do, as Couples is 1 under and three back through 36 holes.

UPDATE No. 60 (6:40 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson airmails the green with his third on 15 and pitches short of the green from there. But he rolls the 15-footer in for par to stay 2 under.

UPDATE No. 59 (6:28 p.m. ET): Thomas Pieters closes with par and that’s a 4-under 68. He’s in at 4 under total, tied with Sergio Garcia and Charley Hoffman. Rickie Fowler is still out on the course at 4 under.

UPDATE No. 58 (6:05 p.m. ET): Mickelson birdies 13 and that moves him back to 3 under. He pulled the pin on his wedge third in. Classic Phil. He’s one back.

UPDATE No. 57 (5:48 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth is still hanging in there. A birdie on 13 moves him into red numbers for the day and back to 2 over. Just six back.

UPDATE No. 56 (5:30 p.m. ET): What a pair of accomplishments. Thirty years after stunning Greg Norman in a playoff, Larry Mize two-putts the final green from the top tier to finish with par and 6 over. At T-46, the 58-year-old should make the cut. His playing competitor Stewart Hagestad becomes the first player to make the cut via the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship win exemption. Hagestad was 3 over for 36 holes, easily making the cut. Bravo.

UPDATE No. 55 (5:25 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler has tied the lead at 4 under after a birdie at 13. It’s now a four-way tie for the lead with Fowler, Pieters, Garcia and Hoffman.

UPDATE No. 54 (5:21 p.m. ET): Fred Couples is within two after a birdie on No. 13. The 57-year-old just keeps hanging around. Unbelievable.

UPDATE No. 53 (5:12 p.m. ET): Pieters follows his eagle by stuffing it at No. 14 to move to 4 under and a share of the lead. Keep track of this: Pieters was 5 under in his first 10 holes this week, 6 over in his next nine and 5 under in his next 13. What a rollercoaster.

UPDATE No. 52 (4:59 p.m. ET): Philip. Alfred. Mickelson. Lefty birdies the 10th to move to 3 under and the 46-year-old is now just one back!

UPDATE No. 51 (4:55 p.m. ET): Thomas Pieters is a fighter. The Belgian knocked it to 9 feet at No. 13 and made the eagle to move to 3 under. Pieters played his first 10 holes in 5 under Thursday only to play his final eight and first on Friday in 6 over. In his last 12, he’s 4 under. What a ride, and he’s just one back!

UPDATE No. 50 (4:50 p.m. ET): Danny Willett has been done for some time with his second-round 78, but we’re now getting a clearer picture. The defending champion is 7 over and one back of the current cutline. He made a quad on his opening hole and made a bogey at the last. So disappointing. He’d be the first Masters champion since Mike Weir in 2004 to miss the cut the year after his win.

UPDATE No. 49 (4:48 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler makes a nifty par at No. 11, pitching from in front of the green to a few feet. He’s one back as he reaches Golden Bell.

UPDATE No. 48 (4:40 p.m. ET): After a rough start with a bogey on No. 2, Jordan Spieth has steadied himself. Two birdies and a bogey since and he’s out in 36 and 3 over. The cut is currently 6 over, so he should be safe.

UPDATE No. 47 (4:26 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson missed a 7-footer for birdie at the par-5 eighth and Mickelson remains at 2 under, two shots back.

UPDATE No. 46 (4:09 p.m. ET): Oh, Rickie…

UPDATE No. 45 (3:55 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler is 4 under through eight holes today, 3 under overall, and…

UPDATE No. 44 (3:53 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy just clanked the flagstick with his approach at 18 and the ball kicked back off the green and down into the fairway cut. He couldn’t get up and down, either, and the bogey means he’ll enter the weekend at 1 over (72-73).

UPDATE No. 43 (3:47 p.m. ET): Sergio is playing quite well…

UPDATE No. 42 (3:35 p.m. ET): From the rough at the par-4 17th, Rory McIlroy hits to about 12 feet and makes the birdie putt. He’s back to even par as he heads to the finishing hole.

UPDATE No. 41 (3:31 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia strikes a beauty into the 18th green but can’t convert the birdie and finishes with a 3-under 69. He is tied for the clubhouse lead at 4 under with Charley Hoffman.

UPDATE No. 40 (3:29 p.m. ET): Phil Mickelson goes long with his approach at the par-4 fifth, and he can’t get up and down to save par. The bogey, Phil’s sixth in 23 holes, drops Mickelson back to 1 under.

UPDATE No. 39 (3:22 p.m. ET): Jason Day bogeys the par-3 fourth hole to snap a two-hole birdie streak and drop back to 1 over. Speaking of Aussie, Adam Scott just turned in a front-nine 4-under 32 and is 1 under overall.

UPDATE No. 38 (3:08 p.m. ET): It wasn’t pretty by any means, but Charley Hoffman has the overall and clubhouse lead. Hoffman shoots 75 but is in at 4 under. The round included a stretch of five bogeys in six holes. He parred 18 to get in one ahead of Sergio Garcia. He’s two ahead of next closest in clubhouse William McGirt.

UPDATE No. 37 (3:01 p.m. ET): Welp.

UPDATE No. 36 (2:49 p.m. ET): Fred Couples, 57, birdies Nos. 2, 3 and 5 and now he’s two back at 2 under. Every. Year. Freddie is unbelievable.

UPDATE No. 35 (2:46 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler birdied the third and  started his round 3 under through three holes. He has since parred the fourth but that still puts him 2 under and two back.

UPDATE No. 34 (2:43 p.m. ET): Garcia has since birdied 15 to move back within one shot of the lead. But still, this has been so weird.

UPDATE No. 33 (2:32 p.m. ET): Confirmed.

UPDATE No. 32 (2:23 p.m. ET): It looks like Garcia did indeed make bogey on 10. That means he’s within two rather than four back.

UPDATE No. 31 (2:20 p.m. ET): Garcia did indeed bogey the 13th, but we don’t know if he’s 2 under or even. Leaning toward 2 under, but still no confirmation.

UPDATE No. 32 (2:15 p.m. ET): The Sergio Garcia situation just keeps getting weirder.  He now may have made bogey at No. 10 after all.

UPDATE No. 31 (2:09 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler holes a bunker shot for eagle at No. 2 and he’s now 1 under and within three!

UPDATE No. 30 (2:01 p.m. ET): Sergio may have made triple bogey due to penalty.

UPDATE No. 29 (1:51 p.m. ET): Charley Hoffman birdies No. 13 to move to 4 under. His lead is now two, with McGirt closest in the clubhouse at 2 under.

UPDATE No. 28 (1:43 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia: Always entertaining.

UPDATE No. 27 (1:40 p.m. ET): So scoreboard is corrected and Garcia actually triple bogeyed No. 10. He follows with par at 11 but then dumps his tee shot in front bunker at the 12th.

UPDATE No. 26 (1:20 p.m. ET): Garcia bogeyed 10 after a drive left and an approach right. But he’s 3 under and co-leading, so he can’t be too upset. McIlroy, meanwhile, bogeys No. 9 to fall three back. Rahm pars No. 9 to move within two.

UPDATE No. 25 (1:14 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia. Solo leader. A bogey for Hoffman at 11 after he leaves his 9-foot par effort high. Garcia is 4 under and one ahead of Hoffman, who’s bogeyed five of six.

UPDATE No. 24 (1:07 p.m. ET): Jon Rahm is right in this, too. Rahm pitches to a foot at No. 8 and that’s another birdie. Par-5 birdies on the second and eighth and Rahm is 1 under overall and three back.

UPDATE No. 23 (1:05 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia is on top of a major championship leaderboard again. Another Hoffman bogey, this time at No. 10, move him back to 4 under, and that means Garcia is tied for first with nine holes to play in Round 2.

UPDATE No. 22 (12:52 p.m. ET): Sergio Garcia is one back. El Nino nukes one 353 yards at the ninth, wedges to 7 feet and birdies. That moves him back to 4 under. Charley Hoffman is hanging onto the lead for dear life at 5 under.

UPDATE No. 21 (12:43 p.m. ET): McIlroy makes a 6-footer for par at the seventh and that’s an excellent scramble. Still 1 under and now he’s got a par 5.

UPDATE No. 20 (12:32 p.m. ET): Oh boy … Here. Comes. Rory.  McIlroy rolls in 12-footer for birdie at the fifth and then chips in for birdie at No. 6. Back-to-back birdies and he’s now 1 under and within four.

UPDATE No. 19 (12:30 p.m. ET): Hoffman is reallllly feeling it now. Charley left his first pitch well short of the green at No. 8, knocked his next to 4 feet but missed the putt. That’s three straight bogeys and he’s back to 5 under. His lead is down to two.

UPDATE No. 18 (12:10 p.m. ET): It looks like Charley Hoffman is starting to feel that pressure. Hoffman bogeys the seventh, too. That’s back-to-back goeys, and he’s now 6 under. He’s just three ahead of Garcia now. McGirt bogeyed 18 to shoot 73 and fall to 2 under.

UPDATE No. 17 (11:58 a.m. ET): William McGirt is going to be the early clubhouse leader. He’s even on his round through 17 and he’s 3 under overall. He’s still four back of Hoffman, but being the first tee time out has its perks.

UPDATE No. 16 (11:52 a.m. ET): Amateur update. Stewart Hagestad just started his round after opening in 74. As you’ll see below, Curtis Luck is -1 for the day and +5. He’s just one back of the cutline. Brad Dalke (+9 thru 13), Toto Gana (+9 thru 9) and Scott Gregory (+10 after first round) are probably going to miss the cut.

UPDATE No. 15 (11:47 a.m. ET): If you’re wondering about Hoffman, he’s not showing any signs of imploding. A bogey at No. 6 after three straight pars moves him back to 7 under. But his lead of four from Thursday remains just that.

UPDATE No. 14 (11:35 a.m. ET): Video on Danny Willett’s quad has emerged. And it’s not pretty.

UPDATE No. 13 (11:10 a.m. ET): Wow. Rory McIlroy hit a 393-yard on No. 2. 393 yards. My goodness. McIlroy then knocked his second shot to 24 feet. He two-putts for birdie on that hole.

UPDATE No. 12 (11:06 a.m. ET): Sergio Garcia hits really a perfect 22-footer at the third, just jarring it right in the middle with great speed. That’s birdie-birdie-birdie to reach 4 under. He’s now T-2 and four back of Charley Hoffman.

UPDATE No. 11 (10:52 a.m. ET): Sergio Garcia is right in this folks! El Nine shot a sneaky 1-under 71 on Thursday. And now he’s opened birdie-birdie to find himself 3 under. He’s five back and in solo third now. He’s still looking for his first major!

UPDATE No. 10 (10:40 a.m. ET): Charley Hoffman is not letting up. He had 51-footer for birdie at No. 1, ran that 7 feet by and made the comebacker. Hoffman then hit a beauty to 22 feet at the par-5 second and two-putts for birdie. He’s now 8 under and four ahead again.

UPDATE No. 9 (10:20 a.m. ET): Henrik Stenson is even par on his round through two holes. Just not how you’d think. A double bogey-eagle start for Stenson certainly must have woken him up. Unfortunately that eagle still only gets him to  5 over. Currently, he’ll need to play his final 16 in at least 1 under to make the cut.

UPDATE No. 8 (10:16 a.m. ET): It’s only getting worse for Willett. A bogey on No. 4 moves him to 6 over and two off the cut. He’s 5 over on his round already.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:04 a.m. ET): Defending champion Danny Willett battled to an opening 1-over 73. But he then opened in quadruple bogey in Round 2. Oof. He’s made two pars since, but he’s not 5 over and projected outside the cutline (4 over).

UPDATE No. 6 (9:48 a.m. ET): McGirt is hanging in there. Four straight pars and he’s 4 under through eight holes. Still just three back.

UPDATE No. 5 (9:25 a.m. ET): Ernie Els bogeys No. 1 to fall to 1 under. But he has now played the first over two days in nine strokes – the same number he took there in the opening round last year. Els is 1 over and is in good position to make the cut (currently projected at 4 over).

UPDATE No. 4 (8:55 a.m. ET): William McGirt has moved within three. After a bogey on No. 1, he birdies Nos. 2 and 4 to move to 4 under. Hoffman (7 under, leader) doesn’t tee off until 10:01 a.m.

UPDATE No. 3 (8:53 a.m. ET): A note on today’s cut.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:17 a.m. ET): Your second-round hole locations for Augusta.

UPDATE No. 1 (8:09 a.m. ET): Play is underway Friday on a chilly morning at Augusta National. William McGirt has teed off and is on the first hole.

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