AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 02: Lee Westwood of England hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Masters Leaderboard: Lee Westwood Drops Back; Fred Couples In The Lead

Friday morning, Lee Westwood resumes his quest for the first major victory of his career. Meanwhile, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods looks to bounce back from Thursday afternoon's missteps.

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Masters 2012, Tiger Woods: Bogeys No. 9 To Finish 1-Over Midway Through Day 2

Tiger Woods is through the front nine at the second round of the 2012 Masters. He has recorded two birdies and three bogeys as he passes the midway point at Augusta at 1-over par. He is now at 1-over for the tournament, falling to six shots off of leaders Jason Dufner and Fred Couples.


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He was 2-under through the first three holes of the day, but bogeyed on No. 4, No.6 and No. 9. His last bogey came off a three-foot putt for par that skirted around the edge of the cup before lipping out.

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He has struggled with his putter throughout the day, missing makeable putts for par on No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9, and missing on No. 8 for birdie. He now sits in a seven-way tied for 28th with the likes of Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington.

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Masters 2012, Tiger Woods Score: Back To Even After Bogey On 6

Tiger Woods has fallen back to even-par Friday at the 2012 Masters, hitting bogey on No. 6 to negate what had been a solid start. He teed off past the hole into the crowd, and went 1-over as he worked his way back to the green. He is now tied with the likes of Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson in 24th at even overall and five shots off the leaders.


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Woods has now bogeyed both par-3s he has faced today. He hit even on all four of Augusta's par-3s on Thursday. He made par on the par-4 No. 7 hole to follow up his bogey and now faces a par 5 on No. 8.

Just one stroke ahead of Woods sits names such as Phil Mickelson and last year's Masters winner Charl Schwartzel. Jason Dufner and Fred Couples are currently your leaders after finishing their days at 5-under overall.

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Fred Couples Tied Atop Masters Leaderboard, In Clubhouse At 5-Under

After an even-par first round at The Masters, it would've been easy to assume Fred Couples would hang around the middle of the leaderboard and not make much noise at Augusta National. But if we've learned anything watching Couples wander the fairways at Augusta, it's that something about the place just fits him. He plays well here, despite his age -- 52 now -- and his lingering back problems.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see Couples' name atop the leaderboard after two rounds. And it shouldn't have been surprising to see him surging throughout the second round, with plenty of birdies along the way. When it was all said and done, Couples had seven birdies and just two bogeys on the day, good for a second-round 67 -- the low round thus far.

A bogey on No. 1 was followed by back-to-back birdies on three and four for Couples as he began a boom or bust front nine. He fell back a shot again on No. 6, then birdied the seventh, eighth and ninth as he made the turn. The back nine was clean by comparison, with back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to go along with pars everywhere else.

And now Couples finds himself in the lead, tied with Jason Dufner, who's also in the clubhouse at 5-under.

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Masters 2012, Tiger Woods Score: Bogeys No. 4, Falls To 1-Under On Day 2

Tiger Woods started Day 2 at the 2012 Masters with birdies on his first hole and hole No. 3 to make a big early move up the leaderboard. He has since settled down from his fast start, however, bogeying No. 4 and hitting par on No. 5 to fall to 1-under on the day and overall.


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Woods had a very feasible roughly six-foot putt for par on No. 4 but left it well short, forcing him to tap in for bogey. He made essentially the same putt for par on the next hole. He is four shots off the lead, which is now shared by Jason Dufner, Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy at 5-under after Lee Westwood double-bogeyed on the 18th hole.

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Masters Cut Line: 5-Over The Projected Number Midway Through Friday

There will be nervous moments on Friday as the second round of the 2012 Masters draws to a close. Friday is cut day, with a good chunk of the field lopped off, sent home after just two days at Augusta National. The cut rules are simple at The Masters: The top-40 on the leaderboard, plus anyone within 10-strokes of the lead gets to stay; everyone else is sent packing.

Thanks to Lee Westwoods double-bogey on No. 18 to close his round, the projected cut line is now at 5-over. This can change, of course, depending on the movement at the top of the leaderboard. The rule to pay attention here is the 10-shot rule, as the top-40 won't matter much without someone running away with the tournament -- and that's not happening.

As of now, Tom Watson, Darren Clark, Angel Cabrera, amateur Patrick Cantlay and others are right on the cut line at 5-over for the tournament. Steve Stricker is on the wrong side currently, at 6-over for the tournament with some work left to do on Friday. If one of the leaders pushes the low number to 6- or 7-under, though, it could throw quite a few players into uncertainty as the cut line moves.

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Lee Westwood Doubles 18, Rory McIlroy Among Leaders

And the 18th hole at Augusta National strikes again. On Thursday, it was Henrik Stenson heading to 18 with the lead, only to quadruple bogey the hole -- a snowman -- to fall well off the pace. On Friday, Lee Westwood was the victim, surrendering a lead he's managed to hold for the better part of the last two days.

Westwood found trouble on his approach, leaving it short and left of the green. It was a shot that had no chance, despite his relatively good position off the tee. A poor pitch left Westwood with work to do, and a missed bogey putt left him to clean up for double-bogey.

With the double, Westwood went from leading the tournament to trailing by a stroke. At 5-under, a group of four -- Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Jason Dufner -- are now leading The Masters. Dufner is in the clubhouse at 5-under, Couples is at that number through 17, and McIlroy and Garcia still have some work to do out on the course.

Westwood is in a tie for fifth with Louis Oosthuizen, each at 4-under and in the clubhouse.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard: Fred Couples Rising, Thanks To Superb Day

And here comes Fred Couples. The 52-year-old former Masters champion is back in contention at Augusta National, putting together a strong second round to surge within one shot of the lead. Wandering around the course like he doesn't have a care in the world, Couples strung together seven birdies against just two bogeys through 16 holes, including back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16.

Couples currently sits at 5-under for the tournament, one shot behind Lee Westwood and in a tie for second place. Westwood is finishing up his round -- an up-and-down day with quite a few pars and little in the way of movement. Jason Dufner is in the clubhouse at 5-under, a mark Couples is looking to match of beat as he heads for home.

Sergio Garcia is also at 5-under for the tournament with four holes to play on the day. Rory McIlroy is two shots back at 4-under for the tournament through 14 holes on Friday. Tiger Woods just began his round and is 1-under for the day and the tournament after carding a bogey on No. 4.

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Masters 2012, Tiger Woods Score: 2-Under Through 3 Holes

Tiger Woods is off to a very fast start on Day 2 at the 2012 Masters. He has already hit two birdies through three holes to move up to 2-under for tournament. He is currently four shots off the lead now in sole possession by Lee Westwood at 6-under.


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Woods is tied at the moment with the likes of Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Charl Schwartzel and seven other players for 10th place at the tournament. If he can maintain his pace he could be in for a major move up the leaderboard, however. He birdied the first and third holes, both of which are par 4s. He made par on the par 5 No. 2 hole.

Westwood retook first place after Jason Dufner bogeyed on No. 18 to fall back to 5-under overall. Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples and Rory McIlroy are all two shots off the lead in a tie for third place.

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Masters Leaderboard: Jason Dufner Joins Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson Atop Leaderboard

Jason Dufner birdied holes No. 13 and No. 14 on Day 2 to join Lee Westwood and Peter Hanson atop the leaderboard at 2012 Masters. Dufner is now at 2-under on the day with four holes left to go in the round. All three golfers are tied at 5-under overall.


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Westwood started the day one shot ahead of the pack, and continues to chug along hitting par on 11 of 13 holes played. He bogeyed on No. 11 but immediately righted the ship with a birdie on No. 12.

Hanson has now hit par on five straight holes to close out the front nine. He started the day with a double bogey but hit three straight birdies to move to 1-under on the day.

Louis Oosthuizen has already finished his round of golf, and currently sits in fourth place at one shot off the three leaders. He finished the day with birdies on three of last five holes. Sergio Garcia is also in striking distance, shooting 4-under through 12 holes.

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Masters 2012, Phil Mickelson Score: 1-Under Through Front 9 On Friday

Phil Mickelson is off to a much better start on Day 2 than he was during the opening round of the 2012 Masters. Through nine holes he is shooting 1-under, after going 1-over midway through the course Thursday. He began the day at 2-over overall, and has since moved up 22 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 33rd.


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Lefty got off to a good start Friday. He made par off the first tee after hitting bogey Thursday. From there, he birdied on holes No. 3 and No. 4 to shoot 2-under before stepping onto the fifth tee. He hit bogey there, however, then proceeded to par four straight holes.

Mickelson is now six shots off of leaders Lee Westwood and Peter Hanson, and one shot back from Tiger Woods who is just about set to tee off for the first time.

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Masters Leaderboard: Ben Crane, Sergio Garcia Join Rory McIlroy 1 Shot Off Lead

Lee Westwood and Peter Hanson still lead at the 2012 Masters, but three golfers sit one shot back nipping at their heals. Ben Crane and Sergio Garcia have joined Rory McIlroy at 4-under for the tournament with birdies on No. 13 and No. 8, respectively.


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Crane is now at 1-under on the day, offsetting bogey on No. 11. Garcia, meanwhile, is off to a very hot start, hitting four birdies in his first eight holes to score 4-under so far. He has already jumped 26 spots on the leaderboard today.

Six golfers sit two shots off the lead in a tie for sixth place. That group is comprised of Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, Fred Couples, Paul Lawrie, Miguel Jimenez and Francesco Molinari.

Ian Poulter is having a nice outing, having moved up 17 spots today shooting 2-under through 14 holes. He now sits three shots off the lead at 2-under overall.

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Masters Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy 1 Stroke Behind Leader

The 2012 Masters is beginning to get very interesting in Friday's second-round play, even before Tiger Woods has hit the course. Lee Westwood and Peter Hanson still sit atop the leaderboard at 5-under, but one of the favorites to take home the green jacket is beginning to make his ascent.


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Rory McIlroy is at 4-under and is just one stroke off the lead through seven holes. McIlroy has birdies on holes three, four and seven.

Ben Crane and Jason Dufner are at 3-under, along with Paul Lawrie, Miguel Angel Jiminez, and Sergio Garcia.

Sean O'Hair is also having a great day as he heads into the final hole. He has shot 3-under in the second round and now sits in a tie with several other golfers with a total of 2-under.

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Masters Leaderboard: Peter Hanson Joins Lee Westwood Atop Leaderboard, Rory McIlroy Gains Ground

In the second round of the 2012 Masters in Augusta on Friday, Peter Hanson did not get off to the best of starts. He double-bogeyed on the very first hole of his second round and dropped out of his positioning just behind Lee Westwood's 5-under. He came roaring back over his next three holes, with a birdie on each of them. He is now tied with Westwood at 5-under through four holes.


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Westwood has been wholly unable to pad his lead through six holes as he is shooting par thus far on Friday.

Rory McIlroy, one of the favorites to win the green jacket, has picked up some ground on the leaders. McIlroy had back-to-back birdies on holes three and four and is now tied for fifth place at 3-under through five holes.

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Masters Leaderboard: Ben Crane, Jason Dufner Just 1 Shot Off Lead

Friday's action continues to heat up in Augusta as more and more players continue to get underway in the second round of the 2012 Masters. Lee Westwood has shot an even par through his first five holes and retains his 5-under to remain atop the leaderboard, but there are threats on all sides.


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Westwood's most present threat is from Ben Crane and Jason Dufner, who are both at 4-under and tied for second place. Dufner would have overtaken the lead by this time, had he not double-bogeyed on the third hole. He has three birdies through his first six holes. Crane, meanwhile, has just one birdie through eight, but is staying consistent with no bogeys.

Noted golf enthusiast and current favorite to win the tournament Tiger Woods has yet to tee off on Friday.

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Masters Leaderboard: Jonathan Byrd Making A Strong Push

As the second round begins to heat up at the 2012 Masters in Augusta, a healthy number of players are beginning to make an early push toward Lee Westwood's leading score of 5-under par. The field is clearly hungry for a chance at the green jacket, and the competition will be fierce throughout the weekend.


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Through five holes, Jonathan Byrd is making tremendous strides. He finished even in his first round on Thursday, but in his second round has hit birdies on holes two, three and four to put himself into a tie for fourth place at 3-under, just two strokes off Westwood's lead.

Also at 3-under is Vijay Singh, who birdied on his third hole to join the fourth-place pack that also includes Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson. Dufner double-bogeyed on the par-3 fourth hole, dropping him out of a 5-under tie with Westwood.

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Masters Leaderboard: Jason Dufner Moves Into Tie With Lee Westwood, Zach Johnson Moves 2 Strokes Back

The 2012 Masters enters its second round on Friday. Lee Westwood currently sits atop the leaderboard at 5-under while making par through his first two holes of the second round. There are plenty of golfers who started early on Friday who have their sites firmly set on Westwood's score and a possible green jacket on Sunday.


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Jason Dufner has gotten off to a very hot start, shooting 2-under through his first three holes and moving into a tie with Westwood at 5-under.

One of the players attempting to make himself known is American Zach Johnson. Johnson is through his first five holes and has shot 1-under thus far, moving him into a fifth-place tie at 3-under. Johnson bogeyed on his opening hole but picked up back-to-back birdies on holes two and three, and is positioned to make a run in his second round.

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Masters Leaderboard: Ben Crane Gets Started On The Right Foot In 2nd Round

The hunt is on for the green jacket as the 2012 Masters enters its second day on Friday. The field is wide open as the second round in Augusta opens with Lee Westwood atop the leaderboard. Before Westwood even tees off, however, he has plenty of golfers gunning for his spot.


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Ben Crane entered the day in a tie for third place, but has already climbed into a tie for second with Peter Hanson. Crane hit a birdie on the second hole to bring his score to 4-under, just one stroke behind Westwood's 5-under. Crane has only finished his first two holes of play in the second round, but he's setting himself up nicely for a potentially big day.

Favorites Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy have yet to hit the course.

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Masters Leaderboard: Louis Oosthuizen Double-Bogeys, Martin Laird And Ian Woosnam Gain Ground

The 2012 Masters enters its second day of play on Friday. There is sure to be no shortage of action, as Thursday's unpredictable opening round proved time and again. There are already some early movers as the second round gets underway.

The most noteworthy early movement is that of Louis Oosthuizen, who dropped out of a tie for second place with Peter Hanson with a double-bogey on the par-5 second hole. He is 2-over for the day thus far and sitting at a cumulative 2-under.

Through six holes, Martin Laird has jumped some 12 places with his 1-under so far. He birdied on holes two and three, but had a bogey on the par-4 fifth hole. Ian Woosnam has climbed 22 spots with a 2-under on the day through four holes after birdies on holes one and two.

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Masters Tee Times And Pairings: Tiger Woods Tees Off Friday Afternoon Looking To Make A Charge

The second round of the Masters tees off on Friday morning just before 8 a.m. ET, with Americans Sean O'Hair and Scott Verplank leading off. After unremarkable first rounds, superstars Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson go off in the morning in consecutive groups, with McIlroy goes out at 10:35 a.m. and Mickelson at 10:46 a.m. ESPN should cover the last four to five holes for each player when their coverage breaks in at 3 p.m. Leader Lee Westwood tees off at 9:40 a.m. and will likely be in the clubhouse when TV coverage begins.

Tiger Woods, who shot an even-par first-round 72, tees off in the second-to-last group at 1:42 p.m. ET. Defending champion Charl Schwartzel and PGA champion Keegan Bradley will be one group ahead of Woods. The last group of the day will feature the No. 1 player in the world, Luke Donald, who had a scorecard scare on Thursday afternoon.

The weather forecast calls for rain in the morning, and it's going to be unseasonably cold throughout the day with the sun warming things up slightly for the afternoon. The later tee times should have a weather advantage, if the morning rain is light enough to not suspend play.

7:50 a.m. USA Sean O'Hair USA Scott Verplank ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
8:01 a.m. SCO Martin Laird USA Chez Reavie USA Mark O'Meara
8:12 a.m. USA Corbin Mills (a) ENG Simon Dyson SCO Sandy Lyle
8:23 a.m. USA Kevin Chappell ITA Edoardo Molinari WAL Ian Woosnam
8:34 a.m. RSA Louis Oosthuizen NIR Graeme McDowell USA Mark Wilson
8:45 a.m. USA Zach Johnson USA Patrick Cantlay (a) ENG Ian Poulter
8:56 a.m. USA Ben Crane USA Kevin Na SWE Fredrik Jacobson
9:07 a.m. USA Jonathan Byrd AUS John Senden ENG Paul Casey
9:18 a.m. USA Jason Dufner USA Charles Howell III GER Bernhard Langer
9:29 a.m. USA Webb Simpson USA Brandt Snedeker CAN Mike Weir
9:40 a.m. ENG Lee Westwood USA Jim Furyk FJI Vijay Singh
10:02 a.m. USA Scott Stallings RSA Rory Sabbatini DEN Thomas Bjorn
10:13 a.m. USA Fred Couples NIR Darren Clarke JPN Ryo Ishikawa
10:24 a.m. ESP Sergio Garcia USA David Toms KOR K.J. Choi
10:35 a.m. USA Bubba Watson ARG Angel Cabrera NIR Rory McIlroy
10:46 a.m. SWE Peter Hanson USA Hunter Mahan USA Phil Mickelson
10:57 a.m. RSA Tim Clark USA Brendan Steele USA Craig Stadler
11:08 a.m. ESP Jose Maria Olazabal USA Robert Garrigus USA Randal Lewis (a)
11:19 a.m. SCO Paul Lawrie DEN Anders Hansen USA Larry Mize
11:30 a.m. ENG Ross Fisher USA Harrison Frazar USA Ryan Palmer
11:41 a.m. SWE Robert Karlsson USA Ben Crenshaw AUS Bryden MacPherson
11:52 a.m. GER Martin Kaymer USA Bo Van Pelt AUS Adam Scott
12:14 p.m. USA Stewart Cink IRL Padraig Harrington USA Steve Stricker
12:25 p.m. AUS Aaron Baddeley KOR Kyung-tae Kim USA Lucas Glover
12:36 p.m. USA Bill Haas USA Kyle Stanley AUS Jason Day
12:47 p.m. ENG Justin Rose USA Rickie Fowler RSA Trevor Immelman
12:58 p.m. JPN Hideki Matsuyama (a) USA Tom Watson USA Johnson Wagner
1:09 p.m. USA Matt Kuchar KOR Y.E. Yang AUS Geoff Ogilvy
1:20 p.m. SWE Henrik Stenson USA Gary Woodland ESP Alvaro Quiros
1:31 p.m. USA Keegan Bradley RSA Charl Schwartzel USA Kelly Kraft (a)
1:42 p.m. ESP Miguel A. Jimenez USA Tiger Woods KOR Sang-Moon Bae
1:53 p.m. ITA Francesco Molinari USA Nick Watney ENG Luke Donald

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