Friday April 12, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer briefly made round two of the Masters seem like "Old Timers Day."
The two former champions fell back on years of experience to navigate the tough, windy conditions Friday at Augusta National, climbing steadily up the leaderboard as many of their younger, stronger rivals lost their grip headed in the opposite direction.
Couples, 53, who won his green jacket in 1992, followed up an opening 68 with an up-and-down round of 71 Friday to get to 5-under and one shot off the lead. Langer, 55, who won twice and whose first green jacket (1985) is older than more than a few of his opponents, notched his second consecutive 71 to reach 2-under and a tie for 14th.
"I mean, I'm surprised," Couples said, "but I'm not going to freak out over it."
Langer wasn't buying the surprised angle at all.
"Fred loves this place," he said. "He's played here 28 times and he's only missed one cut by one shot. This is his second home."
So much so that Couples, who was in much the same position after two rounds just a year ago, renewed his threat to retire on the spot if he won at Augusta National again.
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