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Australian Mark Leishman charges up the leader board but it is Patrick Reed who leads the way after the second round of The Masters. Both players had the lowest scores for the day with Reed shooting a 66, leading at 9 under and Leishman shooting a 67 leaving him 2 back at 7 under.
After the low round of the day, Reed said "I kept myself out of trouble and allowed my putter to do the work,"
For some players the Friday conditions were tough going but for some of the big names it was all about getting themselves in a good position for moving day tomorrow.
Rory McIlroy who is chasing his career Grand Slam sits at 4 under with a 1 under second round.
“Being up there around the lead going into the weekend, it's a good position to be in,” McIlroy said.
“But I think I'm happier with how I've felt and how I've handled certain things and how my thought process has been. That's been a pleasing thing.”
“With the amount of times that I've been in contention or around the lead whether it be a regular PGA TOUR event or a major … every experience that you have in that arena in those situations, you learn a little bit from it each time,” he explained.
“Sometimes pars might be a little bit boring and you might feel as if you want to get a little bit more out of your round, but as you look up the leaderboard and you're still there around the lead. That's taken a while for me to adjust to.”
“When I first came out here on TOUR, I thought all these guys birdied every hole and you just had to hit unbelievable shot after unbelievable shot and hold the putt afterwards. It's not quite like that.”
Jordan Spieth came back to the pack with a 3 over round and sits at 3 under. Spieth was 3 over after the first 2 holes with a double bogey on the opening hole.
Dustin Johnson the current world number 1 shot a 68 moving him to 3 under.
Rickie Fowler who struggled with his putter the whole day and couldn’t buy a putt shot a 72 to stay at 2 under.
After Fowler 3 putted the 13th, 15th and 16th coming home he said “I’m happy where we're at after two rounds,”
“Definitely looking forward to the weekend and the putts are definitely due to fall.”
Justin Rose crept up the leader board with a 2 under round and now sits at 2 under for the tournament.
A player who found it tough going was Tiger Woods. He shot a 3 over 75 to just make the cut at 4 over for the 2 days and 13 shots behind Patrick Reed. Woods put it all in perspective after the round said “Six months ago I didn't know if I'd be playing golf. Forget playing at the TOUR level, I didn't know if I ever be playing again. But it's incredible for have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course.”
"Now I know I'm on the weekend. Even though I'm a lot behind, if I play a special weekend, shoot two rounds in the mid-60s, you never know."
Woods blamed his poor iron play for his struggles. "I hit my irons awful today," he said. "I didn't control my distance, my shape, spins. I left myself in bad spots. The only good iron shot I hit today all day was at 4. And the wind laid down and I hit a little chip tee. That kind of summed up the whole day. And a lot of beautiful putts and didn't make anything."
With moving day tomorrow the tournament is still wide open and we are in for an interesting weekend.