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Second round as it happened

South Africa's Trevor Immelman is sitting at the top of the leaderboard after day two of the Masters.

Immelman fired his fifth birdie at the last for 68 to sit on eight under, one shot clear of Brandt Snedeker (68).

Steve Flesch (67), Phil Mickelson (68) and Ian Poulter are on five under, while England's Paul Casey shot 69 to end on four under.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods is on one under after claiming his fourth birdie of the day at the 17th.



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By Mark Orlovac

0045: That's me for another night. Thanks so much for all your texts and messages on 606. You have been in superb form today. I'll be back to do this all again tomorrow but I'll only come in if you promise to join me. Deal?

0040: Henrik Stenson ends with a birdie for a 72 which leaves him on two over. Rose sinks his putt and his disappointing second day comes to an end. That's a six-over 78 for the 27-year-old, his second-worst round at the Masters, and is on two over for the tournament. It is confirmed that three over is the cut.

0038: A good downhill putt for Rose leaves him with a three footer for par.

0035: Rose places his approach on the dancefloor. Par looks favourite for him now.

"I have to make a few more birdies tomorrow and make less mistakes."
Tiger Woods

0032: The last group are now approaching the final green.

0028: Brilliant from Woods. To save par from where he was will feel like a birdie. That's a 71 for him and he will go into the third day seven strokes behind Immelman.

0024: What a shot from Woods. He balloons the ball up into the sky and lands it on the green. It would have been very close to the hole but it hits Stuart Appleby's ball. Rose settles himself down with a par at 17. He looks all alone out there as people are either following Woods or making their way home. It feels a bit like how lonely we are at a deserted BBC Towers.

0021: It looks certain now that the plus fours have gone. Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples and Luke Donald are just some of the players that will have to find something else to do this weekend. Harrington has a par four at the last for a 71 and he is on one over.

0018: Woods tells some straggling patrons to get out of the way as he tries to find a line out of the trees. "Preciate it", he yells. A phrase all three of us left in the office then repeat in an American accent for the next five minutes. Childish really but it is late. Woods is forced to come out even further right and he will play his third shot from the 10th fairway. Weir claims a birdie three at the last for a second-round 68. Three under for the Canadian and he is definitely in the hunt.

0015: Woods' hope for a birdie-birdie finish look over as his tee shot sails into the trees to the right on 18. Further up the hole, Harrington finds sand and then fires it into the gallery to the left of the green. However, his recovery is superb and he has a good chance for a birdie.

"Who do you Cink you are? St Etienne."
Cen via text

"Weir The Rose Is Sown by Big Country. This is too easy. Has everyone else gone to bed?
Guy in Beaconsfield via text

"How about "The Choker" by the Steve Mmiller Band for Justin Rose?"
Ian in Walsall via text

0007: Woods taps in for a birdie, he is now seven off the lead and looks very relaxed as he walks off the green with Angel Cabrera. That could be an ominous sign. Rose bogeys 16 and is on two over. He has to be very careful because that cut line is looming.

0002: Johnson has a monster downhill putt at the last. Somehow he dabbles it down the hill and the ball rests a foot away from the hole. A nice way to end a disappointing round. He cards a 76 and rests on plus two. Donald finishes on four over after a par at 18. That round of 75 probably means that will not make the cut.

0001: Oi, oi. The volume goes up a notch after Woods pings his approach to the 17th very close to the hole. Nice.

2357: Woods crashes his ball from the tee box at the 17th and he marches off intently, ready for the 280-yard or so walk to his ball. Rose is suddenly on one over after an eight at the 15th. Ouch. Weir remains at two under after just missing a birdie putt at the 17th. Harrington looks pretty peeved after a missed birdie chance at the same hole.

"Immelman, yes I am.. And I can't help but love you so. Spencer Davis Group."
Guy in Beaconsfield via text

2352: Rose does the best he can on the way back but it is a tough chip in all fairness. The ball slows after catching the rough on the correct side of the green but it still manages to roll off it on the other side.

2350: Simple par three for Woods at the 16th. Weir meanwhile, has a quick word with the noisy gallery as he attempts his approach to the 17th. Doesn't seem to bother him as he lands it plum on the green.

2346: Johnson takes two to get out of that bunker and cards a double-bogey six. On the 15th, Rose catches his approach too thick and it splashes into the water. He drops from the same place and over-compensates - firing the ball over the back of the green and into the rough. It could all fall apart here you know.

"Has anyone done Whole Lotta Davis Love by Led Zeppelin?"
sambloke on 606

I don't think so, but it has been a long day. It is a good one though so it is going in.

2343: Johnson is making a complete horlicks of the 17th. He finds sand at the front of the green but he thins his bunker shot and promptly plops into the white stuff on the other side.

2340: Woods can't get close to the pin at the 15th with his third shot and it is another par for him. Harrington finds himself in a bit of a hot streak at the moment. After parring 15 he sinks a long one at the par-three 16th to move to one over.

2336: Another chance goes begging for Rose at the 15th. He looks anxiously at his caddie before putting back for par. He is obviously annoyed with that. Donald places his approach at the 17th onto the green but it trickles towards the back.

"Wonder what Mark's handicap is?
ruthere909aloid on 606

My clubs and my lack of talent. Apart from that, my game is in great shape.

2328: Little bit of army golf from Woods as he fires his second shot at the 15th over the other side of fairway and into the light rough. Well, I say rough, but that looks like how close they cut the fairways at the places I play.

2326: Couples misses a birdie putt at the last and he is facing an early exit from the Masters for the first time. The 1992 champion is on four over but there is a glimmer of hope.

2319: Another birdie for Harrington puts him on plus two after 14 but his approach at the next is long and precariously close to the water. Woods is off target with his drive at the 15th and his ball nestles on the pine needles. Rose is not happy as he walks off the par-five 13th with a three-putt par.

"Eye of the Tiger. Or Norwegian Woods."
Rory, Birmingham via text

2316: Johnson is back to level par thanks to a long birdie putt at the 15th. Woods' putt at 14 just will not come round into the hole but he should get par. To the relief of English golfing fans, Donald moves to three over, and possibly safety, with a perfectly-judged downhill birdie putt at the 15th.

"Michael Jackson - The Man in O'Meara."
Craig, Essex via text

2311: 2003 Masters champions Mike Weir is also handily placed with a third birdie at the 14th. That's two under for him as well now. A colleague in the office is very pleased with that as he has just put some money on him at 80-1.

2305: Dougherty has par at the last for a second-round 69. That's a fine fightback after his 74 on Thursday. Woods has a short one for par at 13 and he sinks it. He is back to level par. Rose looks a bit bemused after his approach to 13 goes offline. Arron Oberholser is having a cheeky little run. Three birdies in five for the American places him on two under after 16.

"Hootie (Johnson) and the Blowfish."
Nick in Notts, crying over the way the Amen Corner live feed has destroyed his efforts to write his dissertation

2259: Dougherty fails to find the fairway at the last but still lands the ball on the green with his second and is 12 feet from the flag. Just as an aside, Poulter's 69 today is his best ever round at Augusta.

2258: Woods reaches the 13th green in two but has a massive putt for eagle. He sends it out almost at right angles and it is pretty good, leaving him with a five foot putt for birdie.

2256: Rose does indeed produce something special and saves par at the 12th. Harrington, meanwhile, birdies the 13th for the second day running to put him back on three over.

"On the shore lay Monty's humour (a line from Cortez the Killer by Neil Young)."
Jerry (in the Alps) via text

"Charles & Eddie - Woods I lie to you."
Welshie via text

2251: Dougherty is on fire. He has another birdie at 17, his fourth in five holes, and is now on one under. Rose has to come back from the fringe of the green at the 12th but the chip lacks conviction and he will need a nice putt to find par.

"Still gutted my Romero and Juliet (Dire Straits) wasn't even acknowledged. Maybe the Straits are before everyone's time."
ruthere909aloid on 606

Not before mine, hope this makes you feel better. What a band the Straits were. Telegraph Road is one of the best songs ever made. Fact.

"Was your pie the encased in pastry variety or one of those faux-pies which is basically stew with a puff pastry hat on? A slur on the good name of pie."
John, Notts via text

I can assure you John it was the genuine working class article. None of that posh nonsense. Obviously there was no goodness in it whatsoever but it didn't half taste good.

2244: Woods absolutely batters his drive at the 13th. Have that. Rose sinks a tricky putt at the 11th for par.

"Ken Brown girl in a ring tra la la la la."
Anon via text

2239: Another par for Woods, this time at the 12th but he has two par-fives to come. Donald has a six at the 13th and he now rests on four over. Couples joins him with a birdie at the 15th, his second in three holes.

"How about Pretty In Cink by The Psychedelic Furyks?"
Chris in Erdington via text

Just when you think there are no more, another pearl is delivered. Nice one Chris. Even though I live in London, my bank account still resides in Erdington you know. A hangover from my days at England's premier learning establishment - the University of Central England in Birmingham. Brum Poly to you and me.

2230: Woods holds his nerve from eight feet and the par is his. Rose scrambles a par at the 10th.

2226: Johnson pars the 12th while Nick Dougherty makes a charge with three straight birdies from 13 to move to even par. Woods dabbles his first putt but he still has a lot of work for par.

"To come here for the first Major of the year and play solid golf is really nice after having two weeks off getting ready for this event."
Ian Poulter

2219: Woods is certainly making life hard for himself. At the 11th, his approach is way off target. The other side of the green from the pin in fact. Player kisses the grass on the 18th green as he leaves the Augusta stage. He will be back won't he?

2216: Rose is probably half a club short with his second shot into the 10th and he misses the green. Gary Player celebrates the end of his record 51st Masters appearance with a superb up and down from the bunker at the last. The crowd, sorry, 'patrons' go wild. Great stuff.

"Here Mark, aren't the golf lot a lovely bunch? Very friendly chat on 606. If it was a football match we were following it'd be vitriolic violent vicious fury all the way, not to mention strutting and machismo."
Higglesworth on 606

Couldn't agree more. Great words there as well, far too long for me however! You've all been very nice to me.

"Mark, send an e-mail to Delia and ask her to get some her Norwich City pies to the Beeb canteen. Voted best match pie recently I believe..."
Carra_XI on 606

She is on the list my friend. However, I am now thinking that I do not want to be too critical of the BBC canteen as I've got another two nights to "dine" there.

2210: Woods' putt passes the hole and it is another dropped shot. One over for the tournament and nine shots off Immelman - that is a massive hill for him to climb.

2205: Woods has the pace right but the break just does not come and he has a very problematic eight-foot downhiller to claim par. Rose has a bogey five at the 9th and then drills his drive at the next right down the fairway. Defending champ Zach Johnson, who is on two over after four bogeys so far today, has a fine tee shot at the par-three 12th.

2204: Woods has an absolute monster for birdie at the 10th and he is having a right long look at it. He needs to get things moving at Augusta and if he lands this one then it could provide the momentum he needs.

"What was in your pie Mark? I guess chicken and mushroom though steak and ale has got to be in with a shout too!"
ruthere909aloid on 606

Right first time chief. C&M is was. For the second day running. Very poor selection at the BBC canteen you know. I'm going to fire off some emails to some very important people about this.

2157: Rose finds sand at the 9th. He gets out at the first time of asking but the ball rolls down the slope and away from the green. He misses the par putt and it is at least one dropped shot. Woods fires his approach to the 10th but the ball lands on the wrong side of the green. Donald has a bogey at 11 after his par putt lips out and he is on three over.

2154: Donald teases a lovely chip from a difficult position at the 11th. The ball stops in the ideal place, it could easily have run on to find the water. Poulter just misses with his birdie putt and a par completes an excellent round of 69. Couples grabs a birdie at 13 and is on five over.

2149: Poulter on the dancefloor with his second at the last.

"Welcome back Mark... if the diet needs some tinkering then I hear sausage and mash is the new pie and chips. You heard it here first."
Higglesworth on 606

Wise words. I'll bear that in mind for tomorrow. If the idea does take off, can I be your 'before and after' model? Hmm, then again, maybe not.

"It was not easy out there and I am very happy to be in the clubhouse at four under."
Paul Casey

"George Michael - Fasth Love III."
Stevo, cardiff via text

"I'm not disappointed. I think I have played well in the first two days. I am not leading though and I clearly have a lot of work to do."
Phil Mickelson

2141: Thanks Hodgo. Feeling better now after that dinner. Tell you what though, this pie and chips diet is playing havoc with my waistline. I'll have to go cycling on Monday. Right, Poulter nails his drive at the last and the ball bounces down the right side of the fairway. Nice. Woods is long with his approach to the 9th but executes a deft downhill chip on the way back that brushes past the hole. Very unlucky. Par for the world number one means he is out in 36.

By Rob Hodgetts

2138: Justin Rose misses from about 12 feet for birdie on the 9th to stay three under. Ian Poulter also misses his birdie putt on 17 to stay five under.

2132: Ian Poulter fires a great approach to 17. Not a given birdie, but a good chance nevertheless.

2126: Tiger Woods slides an eagle attempt past at the 8th. He makes the birdie no worries, though, to climb back to level. US Open champion Angel Cabrera also misses his eagle but edges to one over.

2124: England's Ian Poulter birdies the 16th, the day after firing an ace, to climb to five under.

2121: Lee Westwood holes out for a 73 to reach the halfway mark two under. He rather blotted his card with a double-bogey seven at the long 13th.

2110: Open champion Padraig Harrington is toiling right on the cut mark. The Irishman is four over after a couple of pars to steady a distinctly rocky ship early on.

Luke Donald also has work to do and is one over for the day, two over for the tournament, after eight holes.

"Flesch - aaaah - saviour of the universe."
Anon via text

"Elvis - viva las Villegas"
Stevo, Cardiff via text

"Luke Donald where's yer troosers?"
Anon via text

"Costantino Rocca-bye baby"
Higglesworth on 606


2106: Jim Furyk fans are in agony as he doubles the last for a 73 to slide to one under. Ian Poulter, meanwhile, consolidates his two birdies at 12 and 13 with two pars to stay four under for the tournament.

2057: OK, a few more song/artists and then five minutes solid golf.

"Craig 'I am the Walrus' Stadler"

"Last train to Tim Clarkesville"

"Bjorn in the USA"

"Kissed by a Justin Rose"
Luke in Dorset via text

"I'd like to teach the world to singh. How about Soren Hanson-mmmflop or Fasth car - Tracey Chapman!"
Rich, still workin, Pitlochry

"Justin Rose the boat ashore."
Typhoon, passing Alcatraz on the Tiburon - San Francisco ferry via text

"The Stones - 'Angie' Cabrera"

"Tomson Twins Watson!" 2050: "Evening Rob. Rose 3 over? Been down the pub before work?
Rdh007 via text

Good to see someone concentrating on the golf and not thinking of song titles. Nice work Rdh007. And bad work me. Justin Rose is obviously three under.

2040: Wotcha all. Now, I don't want to begin with bad news. Always start with a funny, someone very clever once told me. But Justin Rose has dropped a shot at the par-four 5th to slip to three over. You're s'posed to go the other way, Justin.

"Sweet Holmes Alabama. Thinking of these is more exciting than the actual golf."
From El Matador on 606

By Mark Orlovac

2035: I'm now off to get the obligatory pie and chips. I'll leave you in the hands of the wonderful Rob Hodgetts while I fill my face. Take care of him now.

"Waiting at London Bridge for the delayed train home, would you be so kind to update me on my man Karlsson please? 80-1 you know!
rdh007 via text

For you, no worries. Karlsson has had three bogeys and two birdies and is on one under after nine.

"Robbie Williams - Angels Cabrera."
El Matador on 606

"Well if it's song titles then we're rolling...Rock The CaseyBah."
Snaggers on 606

2029: Mickelson has been on the money today and his charge continues with a birdie at the 17th. Three off Immelman now. Woods is at the par-three 6th but his tee shot is short and off line and he can only watch as the ball rolls off the front of the green. He'll settle for par now I reckon.

2025: Looks like we're on to song titles as well now folks. Get your minds working. Woods pars the 5th while Rose does the same at the 4th. Looks bad for Harrington mind, he is on four over after three bogeys in his opening six holes. Fred Couples is in danger of missing his first Masters cut as he is on five over after eight.

"Return to Senden?
Paul in Gloucester, via text

"Stewart Cinkin Park, Justin Rose Royce, Jim Super Furyk Animals, Tigers of Pan Tang Woods??"
Simon in Chelmsford via text

"Shingo 'Curiosity killed the' Katayama. Hope my local boozer is showing it at nine."
Anon, via text

2016: Paul Casey birdies the last and he is really in the mixer for the weekend, just four off the lead. The Pink Poulter soon joins him after nailing a seven footer at 13. Interesting, very interesting. (Copyright Barry Davies, 1975).

"'Fairway to Heaven'. 'Who Let The Doglegs Out?'"
Imran, Canary Wharf

2006: OK ScazzMan, as requested, Rose pars the 2nd and 3rd to remain on four under.

"Brett Wet Wet Wetterich."
horsetipster on 606

1958: Woods settles down with a par at the 3rd. Goosen is now six off the lead with another dropped shot at 17. Poulter birdies the 12th and is now on three under. Elsewhere, it is pretty quiet. Mickelson rattles off his seventh par in a row to remain on four under through 15.

"Just dropped my pizza after Tiger's bogey. Damn, that was a nice pepperoni delux!
GILLETE on 606

"I really hope Right Said Fred Couples makes the cut today, and would like to see Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West Els pull on the Green Jacket come Sunday. What do you think their chances are?"
Samantha in Chelmsford via text

"Ian Poultershead!"
Anon, via text

1947: Donald bogeys the 4th and is on two over. Thought I'd give you an update on how Lyle finished. He ended up with a 75 and is on three over which will give him a nervy wait as to whether he will be around for the weekend or not. Westwood takes a seven at the 13th to slip back to two under while Poulter, who is looking pretty in pink, fires a nice tee shot into the 12th green.

1945: Blow for Westwood as he makes a complete horlick of the par-five 13th. He has a putt for double bogey. Oops.

1937: Just seen clips of Snedeker's two at the 6th earlier today. Pretty incredible really. He was a long way from the pin but managed to send it home with a magical chip from the other side of the green.

"Brandt 'Neil' Sedaka."
Simon, Norwich via text

1932: Woods misses a difficult five-foot downhiller on the 2nd green and his birdie at the 1st is undone as he cards an unhealthy six.

"Retief Kajagoogoosen. Surely?!"
Richard, Windsor via text

You lot are absolutely on fire today. Excellent work all round, keep them coming.

1930: Steady as she goes for Justin Rose as he settles for a par at the 1st. Casey claims a birdie at 15 and is now five shots behind the leader and one behind Westwood and Mickelson.

"Has Snedeker done anything before this tournament?"
ruthere909aloid on 606

Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina last year. His maiden PGA Tour victory. This year, his best finish has been a tie for eighth at the PODS Championship in Tampa, a tournament won by Sean O'Hair.

1916: Just a quick reminder that the 606 messageboards are staying open tonight, and indeed for the rest of the weekend, until 0100 BST. It gives you time to contribute even after you return home from the boozer. So keep the chat going for as long as possible, I need the company you know.

"Golf just does not get better than this. Superb stuff."
nigeweir on 606

"I reckon Immelman will hold on. Well 20/1 this morning says so anyway."
Craig, via text

1910: Woods makes a perfect start with a birdie at the first. His second shot must have been pretty spectacular but I didn't see it as our pictures have now gone. Great. Goosen slips back to three under after following up that eagle with a bogey five at the 14th.

1903: What a finish from Snedeker. He also ends the day birdie-birdie to add a 68 to his opening 69. Seven under for him then. Poulter is not making any moves as yet, he birdied the 6th before bogeying the next and is still on two under through nine.

1901: Ian Woosnam, Masters champion in 1991, adds a 71 to his opening 75 for a two over par total of 146. "It's nice being a senior - you just hit the ball and don't get nervous," he said. "I'll just be glad to make the cut and I'm really, really happy."

"Wonder what Peter Alice Cooper will be saying tonight?"
markovanb on 606

"Bernhard-fi Langer"
stanleytic on 606

1854: There is lots happening now all over the course so do bear with me, I am doing my best to keep up. It is as you were at the top after Snedeker's birdie at the 17th. He returns to six under, two behind Immelman. Bit of a discussion in the office about what Tiger needs today for him to remain in the hunt. I reckon he needs to be at least four off Immelman but with the weather poised to deteriorate on Saturday, favouring the big hitters, my colleague reckons finishing the day on two under would be good enough. What do you think?

1851: Goosen eagles the par-five 13th and is on four under. Woods is at the first tee, dressed in a jet black outfit as exclusively revealed by the BBC Sport website a bit earlier. He crashes his drive down the fairway but it goes right and bounces towards the crowd.

"Hey Mark. Thanks for the updates. This is all I can watch as bailiffs have taken my tv. If Mickelson wins I can buy a new one."
Pirus, Liverpool via text

No trouble Pirus, stay tuned and we will do our best to keep you updated.

1843: Harrington is now on the first tee box and the Open champion rips his drive down the fairway. On the green, Donald produces a nice chip and sinks the putt for par while Johnson also walks away with a four. He remains on two under.

1836: Snedeker drops a shot at the 16th and Immelman's lead is now three. Luke Donald is now on the course with last year's winner Zach Johnson. Donald, who carded a one over 73 yesterday, finds the pine needles after going left with his drive at the first. His approach is short but at least he misses the bunker. Johnson makes the green with his second but is well away from the pin.

"'My name is Banja Luka, I live on the second floor'. Vijay for victory."
Anon, via text

One word, brilliant. If only we had a name so you could get the credit.

1826: It's all been a bit mixed for Casey and the Sunshine Band after the turn. He birdies the 10th, bogeys the 11th and then nails a tricky birdie putt at the par-three 12th. All of which leaves the 30-year-old on two under.

1822: Immelman is now two clear thanks to another birdie at the last. Superb birdie-birdie finish. The early starters have really given the rest something to think about. Eight under is an impressive clubhouse total. Mickelson pars the 9th and the 2004 and 2006 champion goes out in 33.

1819: After a run of seven pars, Lee Westwood gets his first birdie of the day at the 8th. Four under for the lad from Worksop now then.

"We thought of Sean O'Haircut 100, and John Rollins Stones.
From Rich and Disco Dave watching Amen Corner live at work in Pitlochry, Scotland via text

"'Mark Orlovac'. I'm gonna be controversial here and say either Croatian, Serbian or Australian descent..."
ruthere909aloid on 606

Evening ruthere909aloid, you are very, very close. My dad was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and the name is of Croatian descent.

1803: Immelman takes the outright lead with a birdie at 17. This is good, heartwarming stuff from a player that had surgery in December when a benign tumour was found on his diaphragm. Ames is in the clubhouse on four under with his second 70 of the tournament.

1758: One of my colleagues has just had a little peek at the Tiger Woods website and has discovered that punters have an option to purchase his wardrobe for the Masters week. Apparently, he will be wearing a collarless black top today. That's nice.

1754: South African Retief Goosen, who has finished no worse than tied for third in the last three years, birdies the par-four 10th and is sitting on three under.

"Please keep the Mickelson updates coming Mark. I've got the last of my money riding on him. Great job!"
Luke Guest via text

Thanks very much Luke, and good timing as well. Mickelson has just gone to four under with a birdie at the 8th.

1743: Flesch completes his round with a par at the last. That completes a fine 67, equalling his previous Masters best which came in the second round of 2004.

"Never mind Cavolrok Ram. Your name is an anagram of Mark or vocal so you can be the lead singer."
Danny still on National Express (see 15:59) but now passing Doncaster

There's an old Billy Connolly joke where he talks about his singing. He says he has voice like a "goose farting in the fog". That just about sums up my singing too I'm afraid. I'll stick to the skins thanks.

"Jazzy Jeff and the Flesch Prince."
Dave, London via text

"Jerry Kelly Clarkson."
Anon via text

"Shouldn't it be Emerson, Hoylake & Palmer?"
bookiesfriend via text

1732: Stephen Ames, him of the very white teeth, joins Justin Rose on four under with a birdie two at the 16th.

1729: Mickelson manages to save par at the 7th, Vijay goes left with his approach at the 8th but stays in the light rough on the fringes and Westwood goes pin high but a little left with his tee shot at the 6th.

"Looks like Mark is going to keep the friendly banter going by the looks of things. Hopefully he does as I am still stuck in work for another three hours!
From ScazzMan on 606

1720: Mickelson finds the light rough with his drive at the 7th and his approach to the green is long. Elsewhere, Ian Poulter starts the second day with two pars while Vijay picks up his second birdie, this time at the 7th, to move to one under.

"Mark Orlovac - backwards = Cavolrok Ram. Sounds like that should be a band name!"
Daripa on 606

Nice. Sounds like a 70s prog rock band that make songs lasting 13 minutes and have three "parts" to them. Can I volunteer to be the drummer?

1711: Good work from Mickelson, he fires his putt up the slope and eventually claims the par. Els has a bogey four at the par-three 4th, to go to three over, and my colleague to my left announces that "Ernie will not win another Major. Fact." So there we are then. Following the heroics of the opening day, 1988 champion Sandy Lyle is having a shocker. He claims back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12 and now sits on four over.

1705: To continue the musical theme, Steve "Grandmaster" Flesch is now at five under thanks to a birdie at the 15th. Furyk moves up to three under with a birdie at the sixth, his first of the day.

1702: Phil Mickelson, on three under after birdies at two and three, places his tee shot at the 6th onto the green but he is a long, long way away from the pin.

1655: Afternoon all. Thanks to Pranav for all his hard work. Unfortunately for you, you are now stuck with me all the way until the wee small hours. Sorry about that! Keep all the great chat coming in. Here are few of your recent messages below.

"How about the BRANDT New Heavies."
Doug in Edinburgh via text, about to in home and watch live Amen Corner

"Goo Goosen Dolls,"
From Matt via text, still trying to get some work done

"Baker Street by Ronan Rafferty"
Anon via text

"Justin Leonard Skynard."
Ian, Guildford via text

By Pranav Soneji

"That's twice now you've messed up Soneji. Once more and you're getting the hook."
Chris, London on TEXT 81111

Chris, your comment is the final nail in my coffin - my colleague Marc Orlovac has just given me the Spock hand-on-neck treatment, which signifies the end of my Masters coverage. Thanks for all your words of encouragement - and the criticism (quite rightly deserved to be honest).

1649: Ian Poulter joins the throng on the immaculate greens, beginning his day with a steady four on the first hole to keep him at two under.

1645: Paul Casey drops a shot at the sixth (it's GREEN!) to move back to one under. I made the point earlier in my coverage, but for the first couple of hours I had no television coverage, so I have been using the scores from the official Masters website. However, it's all celestial celebrations now as we have the American coverage, so I can actually see what's going on.

1637: Apologies for my repeated use of the word sensational. However, there is a drinks-based golfers game going on 606, with Ponderingalong starting things off with a "Camilo Village" Rioja.

1629: Immelman joins Brandt Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard with a lovely fluent putt for birdie on the 11th. His fetching white trousers are equally as impressive.

1626: Tremendous play from Steve Flesch, who eagles the par-five 13th to move to four under.

1622: Immelman sends a sensational second shot to 10 yards of the pin on the 11th.

1613: Sensational stuff from Snedeker, who cards two successive birdies on the sixth and seventh hole to take a one-shot lead over Trevor Immelman. Apologies to those devoted followers, I got our Brandt's score slightly wrong in the opening four paragraphs. I hope you have the space in your hearts to accept the apology of a man who cannot tell the difference between red and green.

1607: Paul Casey is chuntering along quite nicely, with a birdie on the par-three third to move to two under. Ernie Els and Vijay Singh are out on the course, with the Big Easy carding a par on the first to stay two over while Big Veej bogeys the opener and slid to one over.

"What's with the Ames-bashing? He's a top bloke! I know him first-hand and believe it or not my dad grew up with him in Trinidad. Your teeth are strong Ames, hang in there!"
ElNino28 on 606

The bashing has clearly effected our Steve because he has gone from three to one under on the ninth and 10th holes.

1559: This is just getting silly (see musical golf names below) Ben Curtis Tiger Woods (Curtis Steigers - as in Curtis Steigers, not sent in by the real bloke who did that distinctly nondescript song from the early 90s - PS), Sandy Lyle Lovett (horsetipster), Zach Jack Johnson, Boo Radleys Weekley (Andy, bored in work, Cardiff), Aaron Baddeley Drawn Boy (Jamie, 'should do some work really', London) and a new entry for my favourite - Rory Black Sabbathini (Richard, Windsor).

How good are the BBC? Sat on the train from London heading back to Leeds, live streaming of Amen Corner and loads of quality comments to lighten the afternoon after a Friday from hell. Well worth the licence fee!!
Danny on National Express Train outside Stevenage on TEXT 81111

1553: A nasty double bogey on the par-three sixth sees Brandt Snedeker drop to two under.

1551: Thanks to Mike who tells me: "The top 44 players and ties make the cut or all players within 10 shots of the leader."

1547: Lordy - Jim Furyk Astley, Jason Leonard Bernstein, Arnold Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Anonymous), Desmond Brandt Snedeker (Menkal), Stewart NSync (Richard, Windsor), Ian Baker Street Finch (David, Glasgow).

1545: Thanks to Stuart on text, who kindly tells me I've got my colours mixed up on the eighth. Rather than seven players bogeying the eighth, they have actually birdied it. I can't tell the difference between red and green.

1542: Awwwwww, you guys. Anonymous's text about musical golfers has set you lot off - Justin 'Axl' Rose (G-had, Northampton), Lee "Tim" Westwood (DROP THE BOMB! Glen, Bucks), Gary 'Long' Player (Anonymous) and my favourite so far, Paul Casey and the Sunshine Band (Anonymous).

1538: Quite a few of you have asked about the cut. So far we're none the wiser, but I'm sure it will become apparent as the day progresses. Sorry to all you cut fans.

1534: Steady start from Britain's Paul Casey, who pars the first to stay one under. South Africa's Retief Goosen goes one better, firing a birdie to move to two under.

1532: We have action at Amen Corner, with Brian Bateman and Todd Hamilton gracing our screens. You can watch the action on the world-famous hole with us:

"May I suggest a new thread? How about golfers with a musical feel? Such as Raymond 'Pink' Floyd. I notice there is a DJ Trahan in the field. Never heard of him."
Anonymous on TEXT 81111

1526: Immelman regains the overall lead with a birdie at the par-four seventh.

"How come Brandt Snedeker wears a woman's visor? Check it out, it has a massive visor bit on it and it's flat in a similar style to those women you see at clubs with their faces caked in make up still trying to look young."
horsetipster on 606

1522: Looks like the eighth hole is about as tough as rawhide today - of the seven golfers who have played the hole, only one has made par (Todd Hamilton) while the other six have carded bogeys.

1518: Brian Bateman and Todd Hamilton - the first duo out on the course - reach the turn with Bateman, on two under, in a far healthier situation than compatriot Hamilton, who is two over.

1513: Immelman follows up his birdie on the fifth with a bogey on the par-three sixth, losing his overall lead. he now joins Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker on four under.

1510: For all you Amen Corner fans, may I present the Amen Cornercam!

"Frank Nobilo had a beard. Did he ever play in the Masters?"
Gavin, London on TEXT 81111

"Lighten up Mike (see 1448), enjoying the mixture of golf commentary and games here. Does anyone know of any famous grumpy golfers called Mike?"
Anonymous on TEXT 81111

1452: And Trevor has just taken the overall lead thanks to a birdie on the par-four fifth. Sandy Lyle, meanwhile, has had a pretty indifferent start, dropping shots on the second and third to leave him two over.

1448: Trevor Immelman continues his steady start with more pars at the second, third and fourth holes. The highlight of his first hole was a delicate chip to four feet of the pin with his third shot after straying off the fairway with his tee shot.

"Perhaps you could just commentate on the golf instead of trying to create debates about beards and superheroes?! Our licence fee is paying for this!"
Mike, London on TEXT 81111

Dirs gets it in the ear, now it's Soneji's turn for a pasting.

1440: Apologies to jonnolikesfish, who has gently reminded me about my all-time hero of 1988, Sandy Lyle. The Scot cards a par-four on the first and remains level par overall.

1435: Poor Stephen Ames is getting it in the teeth from you lot. We've had comparisons with Skeletor of He-Man fame, Ross from Friends, as well as the newest Gibb brother. You know what they say about great teeth? Good dentist.

1428: Sweden's Daniel Chopra (what's that coming over the first? it's Daniel Chopra! It's Daniel Chopraaaaaa!) starts his second round with a nasty bogey, pushing him to one over for the tournament. No such woes for Ian Woosnam, who cards a birdie on the first, which takes him to two over.

"Did you know that only until recently that employees at Disneyland were not allowed to have facial hair? Simply because Walt Disney believed it was a sign of dirtiness."
Scarreto Bandeto (ScazzMan) on 606

1423: The cartoon characters (see around 1352) are rolling in thick and fast: Steve Flesch Gordon (Andy and Jamie from London plus various unnamed sources), Dick Casey (Bub, Chelmsford) and Stewart Batsink (dgm007).

1416: Whoops - after lauding Ames, he only goes and drops a shot at the par-four third.

"After just seeing an advert for a razorblade with the, as then, unbeatables of Federer, Woods and Thierry Henry, do you think Woods will be getting worried and perhaps needs to grow a beard to win the Masters?
Mind Games on 606

That's a great question - has anyone with a beard ever won The Masters? Are you allowed to have a beard at Augusta? Or will you be assaulted by any disgusted greenskeeper and his industrial strimmer, who'll leave your facial hair as smooth as the greens?

1402: White teeth, red-hot putter - Stephen Ames joins the throng at three under thanks to a birdie on the par-five third. The Walrus also cards a four on the same hole, although our Craig is slightly off the pace at four over.

"Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah BATEMAN!"
ruthere909aloid MON THE B&Q on 606

Brilliant. Any other golfers whose surnames sound similar to superheroes/cartoon characters? Scooby Boo Weekley? Super(Immel)man?

1352: No second day nerves for joint leader Trevor Immelman, who cards a par four on the first.

1348: Joint leader and all-round English bloke Justin Rose tees off at 1903 BST, while four-time champion Tiger Woods gets his show on the road at 1852 BST.

1344: Stephen Ames and his eye-blindingly shiny pearlers are out on the course, smiling his way to a steady par four to maintain his place at two under.

"Is it just me or did Stephen Ames look like one of the Bee Gees yesterday?
Paul on TEXT 81111

1341: Someone should seriously sign up Alves's domestic cleaning services after this effort on 606: "Bricks dont clean themselves. Heck if Woods misses the cut Ill wash inside and out."

"There can be no doubt that Stephen Ames has recently had his teeth whitened - and it looks very creepy."
CuthbertW on 606

"On the subject of being whelmed (something I once had a three-hour discussion over - no conclusion, it was closing time) here is another to think about: Instead of always berating English rugby, wouldn't it be fairer to just say that their opponents were 'ept'?"
Marcus_was_off_sick on 606

My kinda chat Marcus, although Mark in London texts in to say "to whelm means to submerge, cover with water", which he strangely puts into context with this example: "I had to punch my mate while in the sea on holiday when he sneaked up and whelmed me."

1327: Ooooh! Johnson Wagner has had the biggest shocker since Nicklas Bendtner decided to be a little too clever in the first leg Champion's League match against Liverpool with his crazy goalline flick. The American cards a triple bogey on the opening hole. Ouch. No worries for "The Walrus" Craig Stadler and Steve Flesch, who both bag a par.

"I will wash someone's house if Rose wins the Masters."
Alves look on the bright side of life on 606

Do people wash houses? Paint, clean and move yes. Anyone want to volunteer Alves's services? I'm guessing he's a Middlesbrough fan, so he'll be more than happy to service the north east area. Hope you've got a ladder and a sponge Alves...

1319: Dodgy start from Brian Bateman, who bogeys the par-four first hole, joining a group of five on two under. No such concerns for playing partner Todd Hamilton, who plays the hole like a badbwoy (sic) for a birdie three to go one over.

1316: Just to reiterate I don't actually have any television coverage from Augusta, so I'm taking the updates from the officials Masters website. But I'm all over some top-notch golf banter (see Dirsy's 'if you could have plastic surgery to look like a sportsperson, who would you be?' from yesterday) via 606 or TEXT 81111. It's either that or a discussion on if you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, can you just be whelmed?

"OK let's get on with the 'lay into Ben Dirs show - part 2!'
Ponderingalong on 606

Apologies to disappoint, but the Dirs bandwagon is holed up somewhere in deepest, darkest Essex preparing for all sorts of Vegas nonsense ahead of the Calzaghe-Hopkins jamboree. The 'lay into Soneji show' was panned by the critics.

1308: Team golf at the ready. Brian Bateman, who carded an impressive 69 on Thursday and trails leaders Trevor Immelman and Justin Rose by a shot, is out early doors alongside Todd Hamilton, who didn't quite set the Augusta plains alight with his round of 74.

1250: Great first day for the British challenge - led by England's Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey. Can they continue their superb form in round two? Will Tiger charge to the top of the leaderboard?

see also
Quotes of the day
12 Apr 08 |  Golf
Masters day two photos
11 Apr 08 |  Golf
Round one as it happened
11 Apr 08 |  Golf
Masters leaderboard
10 Apr 08 |  Golf

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