Bjorn's 2nd-round prowess continues at Masters

Thomas Bjorn makes a birdie putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the 2014 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – There's something about the second round at Augusta National that seems to resonate with Thomas Bjorn.

The Dane fired a 4-under 68 – currently the best round of the day – to vault from 1 over to 3 under and is firmly in contention.

The 68 is only his third-best score in the second round, having posted 67s in 2002 and 2005. The latter put him in second place before weekend rounds of 71-81 knocked him back to a T-25 finish.

"It was a good one. It was right up there. It's a tricky golf course," Bjorn said of where Friday's round ranked in his 34 career rounds at the Masters.

"I felt comfortable on the golf course today and that's always a sign that you've got a good idea of where your golf swing is and how you're hitting the ball. Because if you're not in control of what you're doing, you don't feel comfortable on this golf course."

Bjorn was hot out of the gates, picking up birdies on Nos. 1-2 before giving back both shots back with bogeys on Nos. 4-5. He'd birdie Nos. 7-8 to make the turn at 2-under 34, then again used four birdies and two bogeys on the back to match that 34 coming in.

"You always worry about that back nine. You don't really know where it's going to go. I felt like I was pretty much in control of what I was doing," said Bjorn, who has finished no better than T-18 in his Masters career.

"I felt like I had to be a little bit more aggressive in my golf, and I took on the shots on 14 and 16 and they paid off. And then it was good to get on the 18th and tap it in for a birdie and sign for 68."

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