AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Masters Leaderboard: Fred Couples, Jason Dufner Lead After Second Round

The second round is in the books and Tiger Woods had a dismal day. Fred Couples and Jason Dufner are your surprising leaders as The Masters heads into the final two rounds. Also: Live Coverage of Saturday's Third Round

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Masters 2012: Tiger Woods Continues To Slide In 2nd Round

Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods seemed relaxed and confident heading into the 2012 Masters in Augusta. He was coming off a recent win, his first in years, and seemed poised to make a big statement to prove to the world that he was far from washed up.

Woods headed into Thursday's opening round knowing that he was chasing history. He was in pursuit of his fifth green jacket -- one short of the all-time mark in Masters wins -- and his 73rd PGA Tour win, which would place him in a tie with Jack Nicklaus for the second-most such victories of all time. Perhaps it was the knowledge of these records that weighed on his mind. At any rate, Woods followed up a shaky opening round with an even worse second round on Friday.


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Woods headed into Friday having shot an even par in his opening round, thanks to back-to-back bogeys on his final two holes. His second round appeared to be starting much better, as he birdied on holes one and three. Then things began taking a turn for the worse as he began picking up bogeys. All told, Woods bogeyed on five holes to finish at 3-over.

Woods looked increasingly more frustrated through the back nine, as his shots kept refusing to land where he wanted them. He will have to put on a stellar performance through Saturday and Sunday if he wants to take his place in the record books this weekend. He has been known in the past for heating up in the final rounds, but as he has proved in recent years, this is anything but the Tiger Woods of the past.

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Masters Scores And Results: Fred Couples, Jason Dufner Lead Heading Into Saturday

The second round of the 2012 Masters on Friday featured every bit as much thrilling action and surprising developments as Thursday's opener. The pursuit of the green jacket remains just as fierce as expected and the competition will only intensify as the golfers enter the weekend.


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The leader heading into Friday was Lee Westwood at 5-under. Westwood mostly stayed even throughout the day, but a double-bogey on the 18th hole saw him lose a stroke and fall behind the new leaders, Fred Couples and Jason Dufner. Also at 4-under with Westwood are Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson and one of the betting favorites heading into the tournament, Rory McIlroy.

The other two betting favorites in the tournament are not faring quite as well. Phil Mickelson rebounded nicely from his opening round with a 4-under to bring his total to 2-under, while Tiger Woods bogeyed five times and finished 3-over after two rounds.

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The Masters 2012 Cut Line: Kyle Stanley, Johnson Wagner Among Those Who Will Not Advance

The second round of the 2012 Masters in Augusta is in the books. After play finished on Friday evening, it became clear who would be continuing on to the weekend and who would be heading home for failing to make the cut. All golfers who finished their second round with a cumulative score of 6-over or more will not be returning for round three on Saturday.


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Among the notables who will either be heading home or watching from the sidelines following their second-round play:

John Senden +6
Paul Casey +7
Harrison Frazar +7
Kyle Stanley +7
Tom Watson +7
Chez Reavie +9
Ryo Ishikawa +9
Johnson Wagner +9
Alvaro Quiros +11
Sandy Lyle +20

Tiger Woods and defending champion Charl Schwartzel both finished at 3-over. Sang-Moon Bae looked to be on the verge of missing the cut with shaky play both days, but he matched his four bogeys on Friday with four birdies and added an eagle to bring his two-day total to 2-over.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Finishes Second Round at 3-Over

A bad day for Tiger Woods came to an equally bad finish, as Woods hit a bunker on his 18th to bogey and ended up 3-over, two off the cut line, but eight off the lead. Meanwhile, his partner, Miguel Angel Jimenez, finished just two strokes off the lead with a 3-under.

Woods struggled all day long in pretty much every facet of his game. His tee shots had a tendency to trail towards the left, his irons seemed to find every possible bunker as he found himself constantly needing great pitches to save par, and his putting game was just about the worst Tiger has ever played. Woods constantly missed short putts and hit the fewest greens - seven - that he's ever hit in a round at the Masters.

It would take an epic rebound for Tiger to contend at Augusta. After his first win in a long time two weeks ago, Woods seemed to have his game on track. But today, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport showed he still had basic issues with his mechanics that prevented him from scoring amongst the leaders. Today was hard to watch for Tiger fans - he's a long way from his former dominant ways.

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Masters 2012: Amateurs Show Well, 3 Make The Cut

The amateurs are a big part of The Masters, with tournament organizers honoring the legacy of Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur to play the game, by inviting six non-professional players each year. They earn the right to play in golf's first major of the year, get to stay in the Crow's Nest and can even earn a little hardware by winning the competition among the amateur players for the low score.

Three amateurs advanced to the weekend, with one separating himself from the pack. Asian Amateur Champion Hideki Matsuyama leads the way on the amateur leaderboard, finishing up his second round at 1-over for the tournament. Matsuyama easily made the cut, while the other two had a few nervous moments.

Kelly Kraft stood over this putt on 18, needing to make it to continue on in The Masters. The putt was for bogey, and at 4-over Craft was just barely above the cut line of 5-over. For an amateur playing at Augusta National, it had to be a nerve-wracking moment.

Kraft handled it like a pro, burying the putt and earning the right to play the final two rounds at The Masters.

Patrick Cantlay, widely regarded as the best amateur in the world, also made the cut, finishing his second round at 5-over for the tournament. Bryden Macpherson, Corbin Mills and Randal Lewis, perhaps the oldest amateur to play in The Masters at 54 years old, all missed the cut.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods More or Less Losing His Mind

The struggles have gotten more and more intense for Tiger Woods at Augusta, and it's starting to border on insanity. First we had the ball that barely didn't hit a hazard off an ill-fated shot to the green, then the pitch into the gallery, then his brief foray into the world of soccer after a wayward teeshot on a par-3.

Now Tiger is three-over par - while his partner, Miguel Angel Jimenez, coasts along at two off the lead at three-under - after a bogey on the 16th.

Woods managed to save par during his trip into the gallery on the 15th, but he was shaken. His tee shot on the par-3 16th went well off on the right into a bunker, and in an attempt to save the hole with a shot from the bunker went awry as his shot had enough pace to dribble off the green and nearly into water. Instead of a par, he bogeyed out the hole.

Woods is still not really in danger of missing the cut - he'd need to drop two strokes over his last two holes - but it's going to take a miracle for him to contend for the lead.

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VIDEO: Tiger Woods Bombs Gallery, Pitches Into A Bunker

This just isn't fun to watch anymore. Tiger Woods' day started off so well and has gone completely off the rails. Everything is going wrong for Tiger at this point -- his tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. It's all bad, and he isn't happy.

On No. 15, a par-5 Tiger usually is able to dominate, it all went sideways again. Tiger's drive was great -- long and in the middle of the fairway. His approach, however, wasn't so great: He hit a spectator and his ball came to rest in the gallery.

But still, not everything was terrible and Tiger still had a look at the pin. A nice bounce off a spectator kept him from getting into any further trouble on his approach, and all that was left was a pitch up and onto the green.

Yeah ... nope.

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He did end up saving par, but only after a shot that made amateurs nod, smile and think "been there." From the rough to the bunker -- Pretty much covers Tiger's day so far.

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2012 Masters Cut Line: Tom Watson Finishes At 7-Over, Will Miss The Weekend

Tom Watson gave it a good run at the 2012 Masters, but came up just short down the stretch. Watson wasn't in contention, however -- he spent Friday battling against the cut line, hoping to make it to the weekend. And for much of the day, he was in a good spot, just on the right side of the projected cut, safe but not out of the woods. That is, until the 17th hole.

The cut will be no lower than 5-over, that much we know. It could move to 4-over if Miguel Angel Jimenez makes a run to end his round, taking sole possession of the lead in the process. But anyone in the clubhouse at 6-over or worse will be headed home.

And Watson is among those at 7-over, ending his hopes of playing in the weekend. After a bogey on 17, Watson found himself on the wrong side of the cut, but still had a chance to make it up on the difficult 18th. He left his approach right of the green however, needing to drain his pitch to survive.

The pitch never got close, ending Watson's tournament. He finished up with a bogey to end his day at 7-over. Still, it was one heck of a run for Watson, who is always fun to watch at The Masters.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Has Silly Time on 13, Doesn't Hurt Score

Tiger Woods managed to maintain his position at two-over through 14 - solidly in position to make the cut, but quickly falling out of relevance in terms of actual contention, seven back of the lead held by Fred Couples and Jason Dufner. Meanwhile, his partner for the day, Miguel Angel Jimenez, is threatening for the lead with a four-under.

On the 13th, Woods' problem was getting to the green, on the 14th, his trend of poor putting continued and left him at par.

Tiger had quite an adventure on the par-5 13th. His tee shot tailed off to the left, as his tee shots this tournament have been wont to do, causing him to say things he shouldn't say with children watching. However, he still chose to take a shot at the green. At first, his shot looked like it would end up in the brook guarding the green, but it didn't. It ended up here:

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That made Tiger make this face:

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Tiger chose to take a penalty and drop rather than hit out of that awkward lie, but a nice approach shot and put allowed him to save par, giving him his 66th consecutive par-5 at Augusta without hitting a bogey.

The 14th saw a nice approach shot give Woods a relatively close putt for par, but he pulled it to the left, keeping him at two-over.

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2012 Masters Projected Cut: Miguel Angel Jimenez Could Move The Number

The Masters projected cut line remains at 5-over, with the leaders -- Fred Couples and Jason Dufner -- still at 5-under for the tournament. With the final groups on No. 14, though, the cut line could move, perhaps to 4-over, depending on how some of the players close to the top of the leaderboard finish. As of right now, it appears Miguel Angel Jimenez has the best chance to move the cut line.

Angel Jimenez is at 4-under for the tournament after birdieing No. 13, and could take sole possession of the lead if he finishes strong. If Angel Jimenez is able to get to 6-under, one better than the leaders, the cut line would move to 4-over, eliminating another wave of golfers.

Currently, Tom Watson is right on the cut line at 5-over for the tournament. Watson is just about done with his round, looking to survive to play the weekend at Augusta National. Angel Cabrera is also at 5-over, along with amateur Patrick Cantlay, Eduardo Molinari and others. World No. 1 Luke Donald is just barely on the right side of the line, at 4-over for the tournament through 13 holes.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Struggling With Driver, Putter

It hasn't been pretty for Tiger Woods, despite a solid start to his second round. After opening with a pair of birdies on the first three holes, Woods has played the next eight holes at 4-over, falling back on the leaderboard in the process. While the leaders are in the clubhouse at 5-over, Woods is seven shots back at 2-over for the tournament.

The good news, if there any at this point, for Tiger is that he's still got room to make up ground. The bad news, however, is he still has room to lose ground, as well. With a couple of par fives coming up, Woods has a chance to finally take advantage -- though he's only birdied one of the par fives so far this week.

The putter has been the problem for Woods as he struggles with putts long and short alike. Short pars seem lengthy and long putts are getting close, but not falling. It seems everything is off by inches around the green for Woods -- the difference between a solid round and a dismal one.

His driver and ball striking is also off once again -- the same problem he had on Thursday. He's in no danger of missing the cut -- at least not at this point -- but Woods is quickly playing himself out of contention.

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2012 Masters Projected Cut: 5-Over Still The Number

The Masters field will be cut down significantly in just a few hours as the tournament heads into the weekend for the final two rounds. As is customary in golf events, the full field plays the first two rounds, then a cut eliminates just about half the players ahead of the weekend rounds. Right now, the projected cut for The Masters is 5-over, though that number could change in the next few hours.

At Augusta, the cut is determined by two factors: The top-44 players and those within 10 strokes are safe. Because the leaderboard is condensed again this year, the top-44 criteria doesn't matter for the purposes of those watching the cut line. Instead, those within 10 shots of the leaders -- currently Fred Couples and Jason Dufner at 5-under -- will be keeping a close eye on the line.

There are a few players that could move the number higher, though we know those at 6-over or worse will not play the weekend. Should Miguel Angel Jimenez or any others floating around the top of the leaderboard post a number lower than 5-under, the cut line will move -- to 4-over or lower.

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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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Phil Mickelson Moves Up Masters Leaderboard After Rough Start At Augusta National

Phil Mickelson didn't let a triple-bogey at No. 10 faze him on Thursday, and he battled back to a respectable position by the end of his second round. Mickelson began the day at 2-over for the tournament, closer to the cut line than the lead. He quickly made up strokes, getting to even par by the fourth hole, before struggling once again.

By the turn, Mickelson was back to 1-over, and with a bogey on 11 he was back where he started -- at 2-over for the tournament and going the wrong way. But over the next six holes, he closed strong, carding birdies and pars while eliminating bogeys.

A birdie on 12 put Mickelson back at 1-over and another at 13 got him back to even par. Mickelson added a birdie on the par-5 15th, then another superb birdie on No. 18 -- a hole that's been giving players fits all day.

Mickelson carded a 4-under 68, getting back into the red numbers and back into contention. He's hanging around, despite his struggles, and perhaps having to battle back will give him something to build on as The Masters heads into the weekend.

The leaders -- Fred Couples and Jason Dufner -- are both at 5-under and in the clubhouse. The cut line, as of now, is 5-over.

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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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Masters Leaderboard Update: Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia In At 4-Under

Fred Couples and Jason Dufner are still tied atop The Masters leaderboard, in the clubhouse at 5-under for the tournament. But they aren't too far ahead of the pack, and a group of stars is giving chase as The Masters inches closer to the weekend.

Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, among others, are just one shot back, all in the clubhouse at 4-under. McIlroy just finished up his round, cleaning up his par on 18 to head into the clubhouse at 4-under. Sergio Garcia wasn't so lucky, falling out of the lead with a bogey on 18 to finish the day at 4-under for the tournament. Westwood double-bogeyed 18 and also fell out of the lead.

Watson had an up-and-down day, beginning at 3-under, falling back to 1-under, then getting back to 4-under for the tournament with a strong back nine. He also finds himself in contention, chasing Couples and Dufner.

Tiger Woods' struggles have carried over into Friday, despite a promising start. Woods is even par for the day and even par for the tournament, though he did open with birdies on the first and third holes. The swing trouble he fought on Thursday has lingered, leading to wayward tee shots and lots of scrambling.

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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 Leaderboard: Lee Westwood Leads Tournament, International Bloc Entering Second Round

Lee Westwood tops the 2012 The Masters leaderboard entering the second round at Augusta National on Friday. But the Brit is not the only international name near the top of the leaderboard, just one of many; he may have to fend off an international bloc to earn a signature PGA Tour triumph.


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Westwood sits at 5-under after a Thursday 67. He is followed by 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Sweden's Peter Hanson, both at 4-under, and a trio of non-American players at 3-under (Paul Lawrie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Francesco Molinari) is joined by a trio of players representing the Stars and Stripes, Ben Crane, Jason Dufner, and Bubba Watson.

For Westwood, being in contention at a major is nothing new: he has top-three finishes at all four of golf's major championships. But Westwood has never won a major, and hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 2010, when superb but largely non-winning play helped elevate him to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. If Westwood can pull out a win at Augusta, his career resume — marked by scads of European Tour success and few breakthroughs on the other side of the pond — would finally have a unquestionable top line.

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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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