The second day of the Masters is in the books at Augusta National as the tournament heads into the weekend and Australian Jason Day is the leader in the clubhouse after shooting a four under 68 on Friday to sit six strokes under par.
Day has a total score of 138 heading into Saturday's action and he has a one stroke lead over Marc Leishman and Fred Couples and there is a large crop of players right behind at four shots down from the lead, including Tiger Woods, who at one point during the day was tied for the lead before faltering a bit on the back end. The day was also headlined by a penalty stroke to record-setting China's Tianlang Guan, who made the cut despite the one stroke addition to his score.
Woods was looking strong halfway through his round after getting into the lead with a birdie on the eighth hole and appeared to be charging to the outright lead, but some trouble on 15 ended that Friday. Woods hit a wedge shot on the 15th hole that hit the flag and unfortunately for him, it knocked into the water and he ended up with a bogey. Woods ended up with a 71, but he still is in the thick of things heading into Saturday after posting a two under on Thursday to start off.
Couples had the clubhouse lead on Friday and Leishman had a solid day after taking the lead into play in the second round. The 14-year-old Guan kept his special run through the Masters going with a 75 to go four overall after dealing with a slow play penalty. He set the record as the youngest player to ever make the cut at a major championship on the PGA Tour.
The penalty came on the 17th hole after two prior warnings and many in the crowd were surprised when it was later explained. Day had a fantastic round after coming in second place at Augusta back in 2010 and had a birdie on the 11th hole and on the 13th. Despite the rain early in the day, the weather stayed calm throughout the round and there were more birdies in the second round then on Thursday. Angel Cabrera added five on the back nice to shoot a 69, while Woods was tied with six golfers at three under, including Adam Scott and Lee Westwood.
Rory McIlroy continued his solid play after coming in second last week at the Texas Open and put in a 70 to sit four strokes off the leader heading into the third round on Saturday. The first part of the day had a number of players near the leaderboard, including Dustin Johnson, who was seven under early in the day before struggling down the stretch to finish with a 76 to sit five shots back.
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