Friday April 8, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Look who's found his way back into
Tiger Woods showed flashes of the player who once owned golf's
major championships -- every other tournament, too, for that matter
-- with a 6-under 66 on Friday that leaves him just three strokes
behind Rory McIlroy at the Masters. The 66 Friday matched Woods'
lowest score of the year, and was his best round at Augusta
National since he won in 2005.
Woods made nine birdies, none more impressive than his final one
on 18. His drive found the right rough, but Woods landed his
approach shot right of the flag, leaving him just 10 feet for the
birdie. He rolled the putt in, giving a long, emphatic fist pump as
the ball dropped into the cup and the crowd roared.
Rory McIlroy has maintained his lead at the Masters, shooting a 3-under 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead to the weekend.
The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland avoided the sort of
meltdown that ruined his chances at last year's British Open. He
followed up an opening 65 with another solid round, the only hiccup
coming at No. 12 where he made what is the lone bogey on his
10-under 134 card over the first two days.
Right on McIlroy's heels was Jason Day, one of his playing
partners. The 23-year-old Australian made the biggest charge with a
64, the best round of the tournament that took him to 136.
Also in the mix: 51-year-old Fred Couples, taking another crack
at becoming the oldest major winner in golf history. His 68 left
him at 139.
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