Reed storms into Masters lead, Tiger just makes cut

Golf Patrick Reed takes surprise lead at half-way stage in Augusta Masters

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The Masters has a unique cut rule where the top 50 scores including ties, or any player within 10 strokes of the lead, qualifies for the weekend - a ruling that came into force in 2013. "Forget playing at the [PGA] Tour level". It's a place that I'm thankfully quite familiar with and know how to deal with. At the rainy U.S. Open in 2002 at Bethpage, he said officials who made him play on would have stopped play had Woods still been out on the course. I was nervous as heck because I knew I was going to try to ask him a question about his dogs. He came into the Masters ranked 101st in par-5 scoring on the PGA Tour in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery a year ago.

The 14-time major victor grabbed his first birdie with a delicate downhill putt at the third.

The first round leader was Jordan Spieth, the 2015 champion, who had five birdies in a row from 13th to 17th but bogeyed the last to take the lead with a 66 and he was two shots clear of Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.

Woods was among the late starters and had moved three shots closer to the lead without hitting a shot, but followed a ideal drive on the first by missing the green and making bogey to drop back to two over.

Things began ominously for Woods, 42, when he missed the green from 94 yards after a flawless drive at the first hole, leading to a bogey.

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Woods misses the 25-footer from the fringe on the right side and taps in for a bogey.

"Four holes killed me today, which is a bummer", said Thomas. "I didn't control my distance, my shape, spins". I will still not be too hard on myself. "And I hit some good shots early, unfortunately they just didn't continue".

In scenes more resembling the fictional movie Tin Cup than a major championship, Garcia drowned five balls in the pond guarding the green. That kind of summed up the whole day.

Making the putt, however, helped save the round. He then took a drop and hit a fat wedge that also splashed. He made another bogey at the 12th - the shortest hole on the course - when he chunked a 9-iron off the tee and watched the ball splash into Rae's Creek.

Of such are dreams and demons made, and it is the wonder of the Masters and the Augusta National course that we see those dreams and demons at every turn every day, this time beginning with Spieth's drive from the first tee Friday morning.

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Four birdies, three bogeys and a plethora of clutch pars.

With the cut expected to fall around 5-over, Sharma would require a couple of birdies and play the back under par to stay on in the tournament. He three-putted from long range on No. 5.

Phil Mickelson had an ordinary round going through eight holes in Friday's second round of the 2018 Masters Tournament.

Tommy Fleetwood, one of his playing partners, said there was "different atmosphere" on the first tee when the group arrived at 10:40 am, then added with a smile, "I'm pretty sure the anticipation wasn't about me". "I just need to roll in some putts tomorrow, that's all", he said. "To join Masters history and put my name on that trophy and to have this jacket forever, it's something that I can't fathom right now".

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