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Masters 2009

Augusta - 9-12 April, 2009




Kenny Perry joined compatriot Chad Campbell in holding the clubhouse lead on nine under par after shooting a 67 on day two of the Masters at Augusta.

Overnight leader Campbell shot a second-round 70 before Perry followed him in with a bogey-free round.

Angel Cabrera is eight under, Todd Hamilton two shots further back, while Anthony Kim had 11 birdies in his 65.

Tiger Woods is seven shots back after a level par 72 and teenager Rory McIlroy took seven at 18 to slip to one over.

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By Ben Dirs

0030: Tougher scoring today, and we're told the weather could get a little bit hairy tomorrow, which is traditionally 'moving day'. Expect the Tiger to pounce. Just a round up of some big-name players who missed the cut before I get off: Couples, Olazabal, Scott, Goosen, Els, Cink and Karlsson are all on their way home, while we're yet to hear what will become of poor old Rory McIlroy...

0025: Oliver Wilson yanks his birdie putt left at 18 and he'll tap in for a round of 75 and four over overall. Stuart Appleby sneaks under the cut with a round of 72 and well done Garcia, who drains his birdie putt for a round of 67. He's four under and in a tie for sixth.

0021: Garcia with no more than a sand wedge into the green at 18 after that crashing drive and he stiffs it to within six feet.

0016: Furyk's leaves his birdie attempt at 18 inches short and he finishes with a two-over 74 for four under overall. The white-trousered Mickelson learns from his compatriot's effort and drains his birdie putt - a round of 68 and he's three under overall, and right in the mixer. Villegas' birdie effort breaks too early and he finishes with a 69 for two under overall.

"Why is it that you can enter a bunker and dig your way into the sand to create a stance, but when Rory kicks a little sand he's under threat of disqualification? Surely digging your way into the sand is testing the conditions?"
Anon via text on 81111

0013: Sergio doesn't hit his birdie attempt at 17 and he stays three under and in a tie for 10th. Villegas trumps Mickelson and Furyk with his second at 18. Oh my word, Garcia's put manners on that, that tee shot is in position A down the 18th fairway.

0010: Furyk pulls his approach at 18, and his ball trickles to within 30 feet of the hole. Mickelson is also wide with his, they've both got big asks for birdie.

0004: Former champion Mike Weir of Canada pars the last for a round of 75 and one under overall. Imada rolls in a 10-footer for par at the last - he's here for the weekend. Sergio, I want to kiss you - his second into the 17th lands dead six feet from the hole.

0002: Garcia melts his drive down 18 as Furyk makes his tricky par putt at 17. Harrington's birdie putt at the last horseshoes out and he's in with a 73 for two under overall.

0000: Shades of Lyle as Harrington crashes out of a fairway bunker on 18 and into the heart of the green. Stuart Appleby has birdied 15 and 16 and is even par, but playing partner Oliver Wilson of England is four over going down the 17th and will miss the cut.

2356: Ryuji Imada of Japan needs a par at the last to make the cut, but he's blocked his approach into a bunker. Furyk leaves a lengthy birdie putt well short at 17, while Mickelson leaves his curler inches short of the cup. He stays two under.

2354: Cracking birdie from Garcia at 16, bending in a 10-footer from just off the green to move to three under. That makes him the leading European alongside Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who's flown in under the radar with a round of 70.

2351: Harrington leaves his par putt just high at 17 and he drops back to two under. I would say the European challenge is fizzling out, but it hasn't really started sizzling.

2348: Sergio clatters the flag with his tee shot at 16, and that's the first time I've seen him smile all week. Even so, his ball has spun 15 feet right and he'll have a toughy for birdie.

2343: We've got some pretty Jurassic weather coming up over the next 12 hours - storms, showers and hail expected. But Ernie Els won't be about to get wet - he misses his 10-footer for birdie at 18 and misses the cut by one. Bogey for Furyk at 16, he's back to four under, while Mickelson makes par and is two under.

2340: McIlroy is under investigation apparently, I get the feeling he's on his way back to Holywood, which would be a real choker for the youngster. Not many out on the course now, but still some very big beasts roaming the undulations.

2336: Furyk and Mickelson both on in two at 16, as Wayne Grady has a moan about modern balls on the BBC. It does seem a bit silly that some of them are playing wedges as second shots on the par fives. Colombia's Camilo Villegas, the most handsome man in sport, is two under after 15 and three under for his round.

2333: Angel Cabrera bends in a left-to-righter for birdie at 18 and he finishes with a second successive 68 - he's one off the lead in outright third. Rose makes bogey at 18 for a round of 70, and he'll be hear at the weekend.

Greg Norman

Highlights - Norman chips in at 12th

2331: Wonder shot from Mickelson at the back of 15, the world number two giving it the full treatment and parachuting a lob wedge to within a couple of feet. Good four from Furyk at 15, he stays five under. Mickelson in for a birdie, he's two under and right in the hunt.

2326: When did Mickelson get all trendy on us? I think he looks smashing. Vijay Singh birdies 17 to move to three under. Geoff Ogilvy bogeys 17 to fall back to three under. Footage in of Rory McIlroy in a bunker at 18, and he appears to brush his right foot over the sand before playing his shot. That, they tell me, is deemed to be "testing the surface" and could result in disqualification.

2323: Norman's playing partner Bernhard Langer had a shocking round of 80, that's the first time he's shot 80 or over at Augusta. He's also on his way home. Better news for Lee Westwood though, he's two under after a 72.

2318: Harrington has replaced his ball, which means he's been penalised and he'll have a putt for par. Bang, in it goes - no damage done, but it could have been better. What you want to do, Padraig, is not bother putting - Justin Rose chips in at 17 to get to one under. Norman, alas, will not be around this weekend, he pars the last for a 77 and he'll miss the cut by two.

2312: Shingo gets those spurs jingle-jangling with a birdie at the last for a 74 and four under overall. Harrington with a birdie putt at 15 from about six feet, and he's in a spot of bother. The wind gets up after he addresses the ball and causes his ball to move a few feet, so we've now got officials crawling all over the green. But was his club grounded behind the ball when it moved? If so, that's a penalty shot. Whatever the upshot, it's a farce.

2308: Lee Westwood is two under after a birdie at 16, he joins McDowell and Lyle as the top Brits. Vijay Singh has got his round back on track with birdies at 13 and 15 to move to two under. Former champion Mike Weir makes birdie at 15 to move to one under.

2304: Mickelson very nearly holes his 20-footer at 14, but stays at one under. Tremendous from Harrington, whose iron shot into the 15th grips and curls back towards the hole. Great clutch putt from Garcia to save par at 13, but that should have been better.

2258: Oh Sergio, why do you do this to me? The Spaniard is in the drink at 13, the loveliest hole at Augusta. Jim Furyk with a monster for birdie at 14, and he comes up short. Justin Rose splashes in for birdie at 16, before unleashing what appeared to be a 'booyaka' hand gesture. Lovely stuff, he's level par.

Birdie record is special - Kim

2254: Player feathers his birdie putt down the hill at 18, but it refuses to break and slides four feet by. Defending champion Trevor Immelman, the only other South African to win a Green Jacket, looks on as Player slides his par putt by. Player crouches, taps in and that's that, a three-time winner exits stage left. Not just Immelman there to greet him, but fellow South Africans Rory Sabbatini and Richard Sterne too. Lovely touch.

2251: Here comes the Man in Black. Player clasps his hands together, waves his cap around and soaks up the generous applause. Cabrera drops a shot at 15 to fall back to seven under. Luke Donald of England very nearly chips in at the last, and taps in for par for a round of 71 and level overall. He'll be back tomorrow.

2246: Lee Westwood makes birdie at 15 to move to one under, while Mickelson taps in at 13 - it was actually no more than a foot - to move to one under. Garcia bogeys the 12th to drop to one under.

2242: Mickelson very nearly albatrosses the 13th. After that pulverising drive, it was no more than a nine iron in, and he'll have a three-footer for eagle. Sabbatini leaves his birdie putt just high at 18 but taps in for a round of 67 and four under overall. Gary Player, in his 52nd and final Masters, tees off for the final time.

Campbell confident ahead of Masters finale

2238: Oliver Wilson of Mansfield splashes out at 12, he'll have a nasty one to make par. The Shark has hit the rocks - he rather quits on his birdie putt at 15 and stays two over. A couple of texts asking how you can get into Augusta National for a game. I suggest either befriending Bill Gates or hiding in garden centre truck and bunking on at Amen Corner.

2233: Furyk drops a stroke at 12 and is back at four under, Geoff Ogilvy makes birdie at the par-five 13th to jump to three under and a tie of ninth. Rory Sabbatini still rumbling - birdies at 15 and 16 and he's four under after 17. HARRINGTON WITH EAGLE AT 13! Huge putt from the Irishman, he's back at three under. Mickelson absolutely marmalises his drive down the par-five 13th, he'll have no more than a nine iron in.

2226: Tears on 18 as Fuzzy taps in for a par and a round of 76. The champion on debut in 1979, it's been one hell of a ride. Cabrera has moved to within one of the lead with birdie at 14. Camilo Villegas rolls in a 15-foot birdie at 12 to move to even par. Mickelson also makes two on 12 to move to one over. Mickelson is packing some guns this week.

2223: Here's the update on McIlroy: the question was raised with officials whether he had kicked the sand before hitting his second shot out of the bunker on the last. That would be a breach of the rules, and a penalty could mean him missing the cut. A couple of hours ago and I thought the Northern Irishman was going to be lining my pockets come Sunday night.

2216: Fuzzy Zoeller's last ever short-iron in a Masters is a peach, and he gets a standing ovation as he ambles towards the green, his daughter, also his caddie, by his side. Of the other old-timers, Ray Floyd finished with a 79 for +14, Tom Watson an 83 for +13 and Ben Crenshaw an 83 for +12. Gary Player, in his last Masters, is +14.

2212: Ames duffs his two-footer for birdie at 14, he stays two under. Norman is in danger of falling below the cut line - he leaves his par putt low at 14 and that's three shots gone in two holes. In fact, he is below the cut line at two over. Luke Donald bogeyed 11 and 12 and is level after 15. Birdie four for Rose at 13, and he's one over, just inside the cut.

2207: Mickelson with a good recovery from the pine straw at 11, he's nestled on the apron. Henrik Stenson bends in a six-footer for eagle at 13 and he moves to two under. Low profile so far, but he's a weekend threat. Harrington dribbles in his par putt at 11 to remain one under.

2204: Canada's Stephen Ames is putting some round together, he's four under after 14 and three under overall. Garcia finds the heart of the green with his approach at 10, but Mickelson bends his tee shot at 11 into the jungle. Cabrera gets up and down from the hollow at the back of the 13th to move to seven under. Sabbatini of South Africa is four under after birdies at 13 and 15.

2156: Furyk's birdie putt on 10 stays just high, but he'll stay five under. Els misses his 10-footer for birdie at 12 and he stays four over. Norman lurches from glory to disaster - double-bogey at 13, he's now one over. Lee Westwood, by the way, made double-bogey at 12 and is also one over. Crystal goblets for Dustin Johnson, he's just eagled 15 to move to three under. Westwood back to level with birdie at 13.

2151: Jimenez is back to two under after a birdie at 13, and here's Ernie with his tee shot at the 12th, and it's a beauty. He's struggling though, four over overall. Bernhard Langer has blown a gasket - bogeys at 9, 11 and 12 and he's tumbled to two over par. Sergio pulls out his big fella and slaps a drive down 10.

"Extremely hard to pick the winner now Ben, almost everyone who makes the cut must fancy it, eh?"
Adam, Larkhall via text on 81111

2149: Anthony Kim "likes his chances" for the weekend after his stunning round of 65, which included a Masters-record 11 birdies. Shingo Katayama of Japan is today's Mr Consistent - one bogey and 12 pars in 13 holes and he's four under. Cabrera stays six under after 12, but he's got two par-fives to look forward to...

2142: Right, many thanks Oli. And what a time to return, just as Norman splashes in from a green-side bunker for birdie at 12. He's one under. Vijay Singh with double-bogey at 10, and he drops to two under, and Jim Furyk makes bogey at 9 to drop to five under. Some chat on 606 suggesting McIlroy was penalised two shots for kicking a bunker on 18, but then earlier on they were having a discussion about whether Chad Campbell looked like a potato, so I'll double check that.

"There were a lot of wasted opportunities out there. I hit some good putts today, better than yesterday for sure, but I still didn't make much.

"Obviously I need to play a bit better over the weekend than I have been. I need to make a few more putts and hopefully get it going."
Tiger Woods talking to the BBC

2141: Sergio Garcia is making a bit of a move, with a second consecutive birdie coming at the par-five 8th to leave him two under overall. Tim Clark birdies the last to be five under, in sole occupation of sixth place.

2140: The Sandy Lyle fairytale just runs out of steam as he bogeys the last, but at two under he might find himself playing with Tiger on Saturday. Mickelson saves his par.

2138: Phil Mickelson is one over playing the ninth and has left himself another tricky one for par. Angel Cabrera, who is six under, plays a beautiful chip down the hill at 11 and looks certain to save par.

2136: A very stern-faced Tiger Woods: "A lot of wasted opportunities today. You got to be patient out there. I putted a little bit better today than I did yesterday but still didn't make much. I've got to make a few more and hopefully get it going."

By contrast, Chad Campbell says he is "very excited" about his position. I bet he is.

2133: Dolfinack on 606 reckons that McIlroy was handed a two-shot penalty for kicking the sand at 18. We'll try and confirm that when we can.

2130: Sandy Lyle, the 1988 champion - who can forget that bunker shot at the 18th - has only just nailed his FIFTH birdie in a row, following an approach to about five feet at the 17th. He's tied for ninth, and is the top European in the field at three under. Let's hear it for Sandy.

2128: Tim Clark rams home a birdie putt at 17 to go to four under. That's a strong showing from him - could we have back-to-back South African winners at Augusta?

2125: Young Rory McIlroy has had a nightmarish final stretch, I'm afraid to say. After that triple-bogey at 16 (with four putts) he has just had another triple at the last. So he's now one over for the tournament and will only just make the cut!

"The course is getting a bit of revenge but there is still a good score out there if you play well. We were over on the 12th and the guys were having fits just deciding what club to hit." Wayne Grady on BBC2

"The course is in lovely condition but it's such a tricky course and has such mystique about it."
Peter Alliss on BBC2

2123: Anthony Kim signs off with a stunning 65, including 11 - yes 11 - birdies. Nobody has ever managed that in Masters history. It leaves him four under overall, in a tie for sixth.

2120: As Ben disappears for some much needed R&R, it's me, Oliver Brett with a half-hour stint. And in quick succession, Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk, both right in the thick of things, miss very makeable birdie putts, while Phil Mickelson saves par.

2115: Heartbreak for Woods at the last, and I'm beginning to think this charge might never come. His par putt at 18 holds its line and he finishes with a level-par 72. He stays two under, seven off the lead. McIlroy finds sand with his approach at 18. Woods' playing partner Stewart Cink won't be around at the weekend, he's carded a 78, while Jeev Milkha Singh of India is sweating on two over after a 75.

2112: Woods splashes out and his ball looks as though it's going to leak right, but it's sucked back towards the hole and he'll have a 10-footer for par at the last and a round of 71. Aaah, Letitia Dean, nestled just below Kirstie Allsopp in my big list of guilty pleasures...

2108: Tiger Woods on the last and after a 340-yard ripper off the tee, he plonks his second into a green-side bunker. AND ANOTHER FOR LYLE! A birdie at 16, he's now level with McDowell and McIlroy on two under. Vijay Singh of Fiji moves to four under with a birdie at the par-four 9th. Out in 33.

2104: Coverage has just kicked off on BBC Two if you fancy some Lineker. Furyk birdies 7 to move to six under, Mahan is in with a 75 to sit at three under, while McIlroy steadies his round with a par at 17. News is that McIlroy took four putts at 16. SANDY LYLE IS THE TOP SCOT! The man from Shrewsbury makes his third birdie in a row to move to one under.

"Is it true Ben that you were once Phil Mitchell's body double for intimate scenes with the cuddly Sharon in Eastenders?"
Ash in Stafford via text on 81111

2054: Sandy Lyle picks up birdies at 13 and 14 to move to even par. You might be surprised to hear that he's made the cut the last two years. Oh, Adam , why do you let these perceived slights eat you up so? Without meaning to sound flippant, I suggest the reason no-one ever called Monty the 'top Scot' was because, some of the time, he was the only Scot playing, and at other times he was one of only a few. Plus, it was deliberate on my part because, this being the BBC, when you refer to Northern Irishmen as Brits, people tend to get upset.

"Why when Monty was doing well you would say 'top Brit', but when it's any Englishman it's 'top Englishman'?"
Adam, Scotland, via text on 81111

2050: Rory McIlroy disappears from the leaderboard before my eyes - double-bogey at 16 and he's now two under. The projected cut it now two over, which would mean an early bath for Couples, Olazabal, Scott, Rose, Els, Goosen and a host of others. Donald drops a shot at 11 and is one under.

2047: Sir Kenneth of Perryshire has grabbed a share of the clubhouse lead with a birdie at the last. Flat-pack swing, tremendous results - five birdies and not a dropped shot in sight. Cabrera, the Argentine with arms like hams, muscles his way to six under with a birdie at 8.

2043: Sad tidings for those willing a Paddy Slam - Harrington has made bogey at 7 to fall back to two under. Nick Watney demonstrating his stickability with a slippery 10-footer for par at 12. He stays four under.

2038: Anthony Kim has picked up another shot at 15 and is now six under for the day and three under overall. He and McIlroy egging each other on. Geoff Ogilvy of Australia birdies 7 to get to three under. Sociable golf from Westwood, Langer and Norman - you just can't separate these three, they're all one under after 8.

"Missus is off on one again. Apparently it's all sport in our house: football, cricket, golf, all she ever hears. So last night I booked us a quiet table for two to sort things out. By nine o'clock things were 10 times worse - she hadn't potted a single red!"
Marc in Aberdeen via text on 81111

2032: Jose Maria Olazabal is dropping through the field like a stone - he's now two over after five bogeys in eight holes, with one to play. Phil Mickelson has picked up a birdie at 2 and is back to level, while Tiger Woods birdies 15 to move back to three under. They'll be dancing in the streets of Holywood - Rory McIlroy has birdied the par-five 15th to move into a tie for sixth at four under.

"Hi Dirsy, is it true you used to be a half-decent cricket commentator and since diversifying into other sports you've been drivel?"
Ben from Swindon via text on 81111

2027: We've still got a Campbell doorstep sandwich - Chad on top, Michael on the bottom on five over for the day and 13 over for the tournament. Sergio Garcia gets back to even with a birdie at the 4th. Fuzzy Zoeller, champion in 1979, very nearly aces the un-aceable at 12.

2023: The English challenge hasn't really got out of second gear - Luke Donald is now the top Englishman on two under overall after a front-nine 33. Westwood is one under after a birdie a 7, Poulter is level after a 73, Casey is level after a 72 and Ross Fisher is level after 13. Justin Rose is in danger of missing the cut - three over after 7.

2021: Not exactly Ryan (see below), but I was in the background polishing that Ferrari that someone down the pub always says is in it. Seriously, these are the best texts I'm getting... Steve Stricker is in the clubhouse with a 69 and is six off the lead on three under. Anthony Kim is putting some round together, he's five under for the day after 15, with nine birdies.

2015: Rory McIlory follows his eagle at 13 with bogey at 14. Tiger Woods still hasn't thrown any grenades around atop the leaderboard, he's lurking back on two under after five consecutive pars between 10 and 14.

"Hi Dirsy, is it true you once starred in the Chariot Scene in Ben-Hur?"
Ryan, London via text on 81111

2010: "Sandy Lyle, from the northern part of Scotland," says the American commentator of the man from Shrewsbury. Our Amen Corner link appears to be back in commission. Apparently that putt of Lyle's was for birdie, which is a shame. He is in fact one over.

2005: Correct, Jamie (see below), it was at Ben Bon Brothers in Margate in 1984: the 3rd hole (sometimes called the Clown's Mouth by members) and the 16th (locally known as The Windmill). Kenny Perry moves to eight under and to within one of the lead with a birdie at 15. Ross Fisher of England double-bogeyed 12 to fall back to even par, as Sandy Lyle shows his enduring class with a mammoth eagle putt at 13 to move to level par.

2001: Good news for Ernie Els fans, he's one under for the day after five holes and two over overall. Harrington pars the 4th to stay three under, while Jim Furyk is rocking and rolling - bogey-birdie-bogey so far and he's five under.

"Hi Dirsy, is it true that you once hit two holes in one in the same round?"
Jamie, Edinburgh, via text on 81111

1958: Westwood of Worksop has dropped shots at 2 and 5 to fall back to level par. Playing partners Langer and Norman have joined him. Ian Poulter is in with a 73, and he's evens overall. Angel Cabrera, the 2007 US Open champion, makes birdie at the par-three 4th to move to five under.

1955: Ross Fisher of Ascot finds water at the par-three 12th. He was two under... Jim Furyk has nicked a shot back at the 2nd to move back to six under. Nick Watney, many peoples' fancy before the tournament started, is one under through nine and three under overall.

1951: Kim moves to one under by bending in a nine-foot putt at 13. And here's Sandy with a par at 12 - he stays two over for the day and the tournament. EAGLE FOR MCILROY AT 13! The 19-year-old is now four under and into a tie for sixth. Tremendous. Luke Donald is off to a solid start, one under for seven holes to sit level par.

1946: Australian Geoff Ogilvy is off to a good start, a birdie at 3 moving him to two under. Paul Casey of England finishes with two pars and he's in with his second 72 in a row. McIlroy has well and truly got his feet under the table now - heat-seeking iron into the 13th green and he could take a chunk out of Amen Corner before he moves on.

1943: Sad news for followers of the celebrity golf circuit - Lennie Bennett has passed away. Padraig Harrington has birdied 3 to move back to three under. Sergio Garcia is out on the course and he's parred the 1st. Cink in for a par five at the 13th, while Woods' birdie putt breaks too soon and he stays at two under.

1935: Immelman misses his par putt at 13 and drops back to one over, right on the cut. This is the closest many of the gallery will get to the Tiger, they're so close they'll be able to smell his musk. And that's a decent pitch from Woods, he'll have a 10-footer for birdie. Vijay Singh on a roll after birdies at 3 and 4 - he's three under.

1930: Chad Campbell birdies the 18th and he's in with a 70 for the clubhouse lead at eight under. That raises the projected cut to one over. Woods sprays his second at 13 head-high into the gallery. The world number one not making the move many expected him to make today. So far.

1927: Trevor Immelman has steadied his ship, the defending champion picking up a rare birdie at 12 following four bogeys in six holes. Kim is in for birdie at 12 also to get back to even. Immelman with a fine approach at 13, he'll have a four-footer for birdie. Oooh, so close for McIlroy at the 12th - his slippery 15-footer slide just right, but he rams home the par putt to stay two under. I think this boy might win me some money.

1925: McIlroy right into the heart of the green with his tee shot at 12 - a chance of a rare birdie at the hole. Steve Stricker of America is back to three under after birdies 13 and 15. Woods finds the right-hand side of the fairway with his tee shot at the par-five 13th. He's got a view of the pin.

1923: Apologies, apparently our video of Amen Corner has, rather like Ben Crenshaw, crashed momentarily. "I've been waiting all day to watch Woods, Kim and McIlroy all go round Amen's corner," says swarvsta on 606. "Will never ever get to see it now. Thanks for nothing, BBC." God forbid your generation ever has to go to war.

1918: Casey is doing all he can to make sure he's here for the weekend - birdies at 13, 15 and 16 have taken him to level. McIlroy - face of a boy, nerves of steel - rolls in his six-footer for par at 11 to stay two under. Jim Furyk bogeys the 1st to drop to five under. The cut mark is two over at the moment... but the wind has dropped...

1915: Woods plays a gossamer recovery and taps in for par at 12. Talking of gossamer, here's McIlroy and he very nearly holes his chip at 11, but the ball finishes six feet past. Leader Campbell doesn't like 17 - as yesterday, he makes bogey to fall back to eight under and his lead is now one.

1913: Woods, like seemingly everyone else in the field, over-clubs at the hazardous 12th. News of England's Ross Fisher - he's dropped shots at 1 and 4, but has since applied a plaster and is two under overall. Two Northern Irishmen in the top 10 now - Graeme McDowell at two under (he carded a 73 today) and Rory McIlroy at two under after 10.

1908: Westwood has dropped a shot at to fall back to one under, Greg Norman drops a shot at 3 to join him. Kenny Perry misses a very makeable birdie putt at 13 and remains two off the lead at seven under. He may look like he's swinging an upright hoover, but Perry sure can play.

By Sam Lyon

1905: An awkward chip from the slope off the green of 11 leaves Jeev Milkha Singh short, and Woods is up for his putt to save par... and he makes it from 10 foot. Massive putt, that, potentially. Elsewhere, Kenny Perry goes pin-high with a delicious approach at 13, Trevor Immelman sinks a lengthy birdie putt at 12, Ireland's Padraig Harrington bogeys the first and Englishman Ross Fisher drops a shot at 8. Hhmm. Benjamin sir, it's back over to you...

1900: Anthony Kim's dream run comes to an end as he follows four birdies with a bogey at 9. Tiger Woods's third shot at 11 takes the spin and leaves him with a tricky uphill 10-footer to save par.

Tiger Woods

Highlights - Woods on the 11th

1856: Not for the first time this tournament, Tiger Woods finds himself in the trees at 11 but while his escape is decent, it's not quite as good as his effort yesterday and he'll face a tough up and down to save par.

1854: Trevor Immelman needed that, the South African tickling a six-footer home to save par at 13 - he stays three over, two off the projected cut, while Shingo Katayama bogeys 4 to drop back to four under. Brandt Snedeker makes it a tough couple of holes for him as he sends his drive at 13 straight into the water and he'll need a comeback of Lazarus proportions to make the final two days here.

1851: Birdie at 8 for Rory McIlroy to take him back to two under for the day and the tournament, while Karlsson's ball rattles into the hole on 13 to move him to even par.

1849: Robert Karlsson, on the brink of the projected cut, drifts a doozy of an approach onto the green and to within seven foot from the hole on 13 to give himself a real birdie chance, while over on 12 Kenny Perry lines up a birdie putt, gives it plenty of juice, and the ball creeps home like a teenager an hour past his curfew. That's the first birdie at 12 today and Perry's fist birdie at a par three this tournament - he's up to seven under and to within two shots of the lead.

1843: Tiger Woods is riding the rollercoaster at the moment as he follows up birdie-bogey-birdie 6 through 8, by taking a bogey five at nine. Trevor Immelman, meanwhile, goes super aggressive at 11 and succeeds only in sending his ball for a cooling swim.

1840: A stunning approach from Robert Allenby on 13 sets up a relatively easy eagle at 13 which he duly sinks - he's up to two over and he needed that to stay in the hunt for making the cut, currently projected at one over.

1838: Hunter Mahan lines up an eagle putt from 30 feet on 13 but his effort is so wayward he is left with a monster two-putt to save par - which he makes. He'll exit Amen Corner at two under. Kenny Perry, meanwhile, holds steady at six under with a par at 11.

1835: Right, Dirsy's off to grab some scran from the BBC canteen - if he's not back in 20 minutes, someone check the restrooms. The wind's playing havoc at 13 with tee shots flying all over the shop, but KJ Choi putts to within a few feet over on 11 to give himself a par chance.

By Ben Dirs

1829: South Africa's Rory Sabbatini birdies the 1st and eagles the 2nd to get to three under. Olazabal back to level par after bogeys at 9, 10 and 11. Zach Johnson nearly become the first man today to make birdie at 12, but he drags it left. He's six over today and four over overall.

1825: Casey misses with a monster eagle attempt at 13, but he'll have a three-footer for birdie coming back. Mahan ion freefall, he makes triple-bogey at 12 to fall back to two under. Casey makes birdie to move to two over, right on the current projected cut mark. Kim now five under for the day and two under overall - he's birdied four straight and six of the first eight.

1821: The par-three 12th is behaving rather like that mouth monster thing with teeth in Return of the Jedi - 12 pars, 10 bogeys and seven others so far today. And not a birdie in sight. Stricker plays a miracle approach at 13, picks up a birdie and moves to two under.

1816: Tom Watson is propping up the field - he's 11 over for the day now, with seven bogeys and two doubles on his card. Jimenez drops a shot at 3. I have been told to point out that you can't win a round of golf with Rusty Lee on this website, and that the cap comp isn't a comp at all, rather just a spot of fun.

1812: Miguel Angel Jimenez has blasted out of the blocks with two birdies to move to four under, but compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal drops shots at 9 and 10 to drop back to one under. One for all the ladies and gay gentlemen: Camilo Villegas, the most beautiful man in golf - if not sport - is out on the course soon.

1808: Woods immediately makes up the shot he dropped at 7 with a birdie at the par-five 8th. Rory McIlroy drops a shot at 7, he's back to one under. Paul Casey drops his third shot in a row at 12, it could be guillotine time for the Englishman.

1806: Jonathan Hamilton texts to ask how Sandy's getting on and the news is grim: he's dropped shots at 4, 5 and 6 and is two over, outside the projected cut. Chad Campbell stops the bleeding with a par at 13 - he plays Amen Corner in two over, while playing partner Andres Romero of Argentina sinks a six-footer to move back to two under.

1802: Chad Campbell is in trouble at the 13th, and he's being reeled in by the field. Crenshaw finds Rae's Creek again and he's on the green in five. I had a chat with Rob Hodgetts, our man in Augusta, last night and he confirmed that the whole of Augusta is in fact edible, including Hogan's Bridge, which is basically a giant Dundee cake.

1758: Two-time champ Ben Crenshaw is in the drink with his tee shot at 12. He made bogey-bogey-doube-bogey in the previous three holes to sit at seven over. Mahan comes up short with a long birdie putt at 11, he stays five under. Todd Hamilton birdies 18 to finish with 70 and the clubhouse lead at six under.

1754: Casey has made bogeys at 7, 10 and 11 and misses the green with his tee shot at 12. He's in danger of missing the weekend. We have a caption competition on the site today, and if you win it you could win a round of golf with Ronnie Corbett, Rusty Lee and Nina Mishkov.

1752: Campbell gives it some hammer down the 13th, but he'll have to lay-up with his second. The swashbuckling Anthony Kim, so reminiscent of a young Sergio Garcia, is three under for the day and level for the tournament. Hunter Mahan birdies 10 to get back to five under.

1748: Chad Campbell's birdie putt at 12 slides by and he misses with a three-footer coming back for a bogey-bogey start on Amen Corner. Back to nine under he goes. "You don't always know what's going on in Boo Weekley's mind," says the American commentator as Boo rips one off the tee at 13. I'd wager it involves fried chicken and burning tyres.

1743: Woods takes one step forward and one step back - dropped shot at 7, he's back at two under. Todd Hamilton makes par at 17 to remain five under. John Merrick is in with a 74 for two under overall. Frederick Treves should be proud of himself, he's done one hell of a job.

1738: Over on 606, you can get involved in such esoteric arguments as to whether Chad Campbell looks like a potato or whether the BBC should pay for a new road up next to Loch Lomond. Chad Campbell finds the guts of the 12th green with his tee shot.

1735: Look at the spectators crawling like ants all over the 12th tee - they smell Tiger. Graeme McDowell drops a shot at the par-four 14th to drop back to four under. I MEANT PATRONS! HONEST! Oh well, I guess I'll never be playing Augusta National.

1730: Campbell can't keep it up - his par attempt breaks too early at 11 and he falls back to 10 under. Double-bogey for Boo at 11, he's back at three over. Tiger Woods has got his round going with birdie at 6.

1728: The great Tom Watson is having a stinker, he's eight over for the day after 15. Chad Campbell's third at 11 isn't much cop, he'll have a slippery one for par. Boo Weekley looks like he'll be dropping shots at 11 after missing the fairway off the tee. Boo was once asked whether he'd ever had ringworm, and he answered: "All I know is we got a couple of gas stations, a dirt track and a river... and a prison."

1723: Jose Maria is also on the rise, the Spaniard picking up shots at 2 and 5 to move to three under. The projected cut at the moment is even par... 1987 champ Larry Mize is falling like a stone - 67 yesterday, four over after 16 today.

1719: Here's the first glimpse of the man of the moment - Chad Campbell with his second into the 11th. He pauses as a low-flying plane buzzes overhead... before bailing out to the right, just like many of his rivals. Todd Hamilton, Open champion in 2004, eagles 15 to climb to six under and a share of second.

1717: Sandy Lyle on the march! The 1988 champion has birdied the 2nd to move to one under. Tiger Woods has matched yesterday's opening, five pars on the trot today.

1712: Chad Campbell is tearing Augusta up again - birdie at 10 and he's now 11 under, five strokes clear of the field. Rory McIlroy is making a move - birdies at 3 and 4 and he's now two under for the tournament. Casey dropped a shot at 7 and is back at level par.

1710: Couples' ball goes for a dip at the par-three 12th, the former champion in freefall... Rocco Mediate, at one over, follows him in... the wind playing havoc. Amateur Jack Newman, the third man in the trio, is also swimming.

1703: Yo, yo, yo, yo and awooga to you all. McDowell of Northern Ireland putting with a rescue club from the front of the 13th green, and he under-hits it. Tricky putt for birdie. Couples has just double-bogeyed 11 to drop back to four over. Get on the lower and tell your driver to start revving his engine, Freddie. Bubba Watson, meanwhile, needs to bin a few trinkets and make room for some crystal - eagle at 13, while McDowell rolls in a 10-footer for birdie to move to five under.

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1701: As Graeme McDowell bogeys 12 to drop back to four under, it's time for me to hand over to my friend and yours Ben Dirs. Have a good one people, love it.

1659: Tiger Woods makes it four pars out of four while, lower in the field, Anthony Kim is starting to tear up some trees, birdieing 1 and 3 to go two under for the day, one over for the tournament. TV PICTURES ARE BACK! Rejoice in your homes or hug a stranger if you're out and about. Nice one.

1657: "What's the betting that Chad Campbell will implode?? He can't keep this streak up..."
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1653: The darn gremlins have infiltrated the system by the look of things folks, meaning instead of watching live golf from Amen Corner, we're looking at a still image of Greg Norman. He's a handsome chap and no mistake, but I'm pretty sure it's not what you're after. I'm assured our wizards are working on it as we speak. Honestly.

1651: Only 10 sub-par rounds out on the course right now, but one of them is Jose Maria Olazabal, who is quietly moving through the field with birdies at 2 and then 5 to move to three under and a tie for 11th as it stands. England's Ross Fisher, meanwhile, kicks off with a bogey at the first - making his last three holes bogey, bogey, bogey.

1646: Doozy of an escape from the bunker at 12 from Aaron Baddeley - he's so good out of the sand - he puts it to within a foot of the hole and a probably par save. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, continues to keep things steady with a par at three and he stays two under, eight off the lead.

1641: I tell you what, with conditions forecast to get worse as the day goes on, these early low-round scores could prove crucial and Chad Campbell is really making his mark - the American picks up another birdie, this time at 8, and he is now 10-under a lead of four shots. Lest we forget he tied for third here in 2006, can he go two better this year?

1639: Steady-Eddie start for Tiger Woods to his second round as he goes par-par, while Graeme McDowell sinks a solid putt on 11 to save par and stay five under.

1636: The 13th has been causing plenty of problems all day and for Todd Hamilton it's no different as the American puts too much spin on his approach and he will have a tough up and down to save par. Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, pulls his putt from off the green short on 11 and he will have a six/seven-footer to save par.

1629: For those wondering what's happened to John Merrick, he's dropped four shots in three holes 10 through 12. Ugly golf.

1624: Hold up, Graeme McDowell is mixing it with the big boy Americans at the top of the leaderboard all of a sudden as he follows up a birdie at nine with another at 10 and he is five under. Ian Poulter, however, targeting the edge of the bunker at 12, succeeds only in sending his tee shot into the drink. He looks like he's just spent his last pennies on a glorious giant cola cube, only to discover it's actually a sour flying saucer - arguably the biggest waste of space ever in the confectionary world, no?

1619: Ian Poulter pulls up short on his birdie attempt at 11 but saves par - the green is so big there, it'll be hard for anyone to sink a lengthy putt from the nap - while American amateur Drew Kittleson, desperately striving to make the cut after a triple bogey at 12 drops him back to six over, finds the water off the tee at 13. Ouch.

1614: "Playing 'spot the European' here, what a depressing looking leaderboard."
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1611: Graeme McDowell picks up a shot at nine to move back to four under - he's firmly in the mix as it stands - while he of the delightfully-original, modern-and-not-at-all-soppy trousers Ian Poulter pulls off a delightful approach to the 11th from 40-50 yards to give himself an outside birdie chance.

1605: Kenny Perry moves to within three shots of leader Chad Campbell with a birdie at two, while Steve Flesch makes a mockery of the tricky pin position at 11 with a delightful chip from the greenside rough straight into the hole to save bogey. Meanwhile, I'm getting grief from Vikingdaddy on 606 for labelling Ian Poulter's trousers "soppy" earlier, which is about the same as having a go at someone for calling Victor Meldrew "grumpy", surely?

1559: Holy moly, that's a beauty of a shot from amateur Drew Kittleson, the American - on the same hole that witnessed playing partner Larry Mize's heroics in 1987, lines up his second shot and sinks his iron from so far back only the crowd's cheers let him know it's in. Get-in-the-hole-tastic.

1554: Todd Hamilton's on a bit of a march as the American birdies 8, 9 and 10 to go five under and a share of third. European pair Jose Maria Olazabal and Martin Kaymer, meanwhile, pick up shots at 2 to go two under. Larry Mize misreads the break on 11 and drops another shot to lay three under.

1550: Our Amen Corner coverage is now live on the Red Button and the website, folks. I've been asked to ask you to remain patient while the Augusta hamsters get the wheels of the Georgia t'internet turning smoothly. Thank you kindly.

1549: "Re 1509: Sam, whilst looking at the stats I also noticed that Furyk hit 18 out of 18 greens in regulation yesterday. Not bad, eh?"
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1545: Oh dear, Hunter Mahan ruins his encouraging start with a double bogey at the third to fall back to four under and two over for the day, while John Merrick bogeys 10 to slip back to five under. Jim Furyk, teeing off at 1852, sits on six under but otherwise it's the Chad Campbell show in Georgia people.

1541: Contrasting fortunes for European duo Graeme McDowell and Paul Casey as the former drops a shot at 7, while Casey birdies 3 to move to one under. No such worries for American Kenny Perry, though, as he birdies the first to go five under for the tournament. As my colleague Ben Dirs - more from him later - points out, the leaderboard is looking all too USPGA-esque at the moment isn't it?

1537: "I live in Marietta just outside of Atlanta and they are forecasting really bad storms today, with possible tornadoes, the guys playing this am will most certainly get the best of it. It usually hits Augusta around 2 hours after us, right now we have some light thunder showers, but the sky will light up this pm."
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Tiger Woods 2005

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1535: Only 10 minutes now before Tiger Woods kicks off his second round at Augusta, so why not take the intervening time to reflect on the American's genius chip at the 16th on his way to a fourth Masters title in 2005. That, or grab yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit. Your choice.

1531: "Could Chad Campbell finally wear the green jacket? Not a chance, I doubt that happening in 2009. He has such a long way to go... I may change my mind at the end of round two... ah, no chance."
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1527: Well well well, Chad Campbell - could he be putting together a round that puts him well and truly in the mix for the Green Jacket? Moments after Hunter Mahan bogeys the second to fall back to six under, fellow American Campbell takes a two at the par-three fourth and he goes nine under, a lead of three.

1522: Mathew Goggin is slumping faster than a teenager being asked to do the washing up at the moment as the Australian goes four over for the day and six over for the tournament with bogeys at 7 and 8.

1518: "Managed to get 500-1 on Larry Mize when he was only two shots off the lead yesterday. Couldn't resist a £1 e/w flutter. Am prepared to kiss goodbye to that £2 but would love Larry to keep me interested throughout. I just hope he can capitalise on this morning's good conditions before the weather turns horrid!"
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1509: He of the soppy trousers (though I understand he's toned them down at Augusta, the blooming wally) Ian Poulter drops a shot at 7 to slip back to level par. Judging by the funky 'cumulative statistics' I'm now perusing on the official Masters website (yes, I'm waiting for TV pictures to come through later, just like the rest of you) it's the Englishman's approach play that is costing him with just a 56% success rate of greens hit. So there you go.

1501: And Chad Campbell responds immediately with a birdie at the second to return to the top of the leaderboard as outright leader on eight under. Andres Romero, meanwhile, moves to four under after picking up a shot at the same hole.

1458: Bosh. That's how you open a round folks. Hunter Mahan - so impressive in and around the greens at the last Ryder Cup - goes joint top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the first.

1451: England's Paul Casey - many people's tip as a dark horse this weekend before yesterday - pars his opening hole to stay level par for the tournament, moments before home favourite Hunter Mahan, joint second overnight, pings his tee shot down the fairway at the first to get his round under way.

1447: "I think McIlroy will have a good day today. The nerves may have settled after a decent first round, and he has nothing to lose. Come On Rory!"
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1441: Lower down the leaderboard - Mark O'Meara, who reminds me of a rather more portly version of Jon Heder (he of Napoleon Dynamite fame), bogeys 2 and 3 to fall back to five over and you have to think the 1998 Masters champion will struggle to make the cut from there.

1437: "Why can't Europeans be great when the weather is good? The Americans get to do all the sexy birdie stuff, and smile in the sun. We get a grimace and an apologetic fist pump after saving par in the drizzle. Come on lads, be brilliant for once!"
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1433: Course leader Chad Campbell gets his second round off to a steady start as he pars the first - no repeat, then, of yesterday's sensational run of five birdies in the first five holes. Tut tut. Elsewhere, Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate birdie the second and they are both back to level par.

1428: "I think it's Tiger Woods's tournament to lose with Padraig Harrington the main danger. But it'd be magic to see those two fight it out over the back nine on Sunday."
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1422: "Chad Campbell will more than likely come unstuck today I think, if the weather gets worse and it gets wet out there it will suit the Europeans more."
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1416: Happy days for "Daddy Mac" Graeme McDowell as the Northern Irishman birdies the second to go four under overall, but plenty of others are finding the second day Augusta course about as welcoming as a mother in law on Father's Day... Larry Mize, Todd Hamilton, Aaron Baddeley, Steve Flesch and Bubba Watson are all over par for the day so far.

1411: By the way, as well as weather chat, brilliant fingers-in-pies news gathering efforts and the occasional dalliance into the hospitality tent, our man at Augusta Rob Hodgetts has also been mixing with the great and the good of world sport while taking in the delights of Masters golf this week. His latest interviewee is none other than Ian 'Beefy' Botham - a cricketing legend who reveals he'd rather have been a golfing legend...
Under the tree with Beefy

1404: "The pedant in me feels the need to point out that the Elephant Man's name was not John but Joseph Merrick. I'll crawl back under my rock now."
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1401: Larry Mize is enjoying/enduring (delete as applicable) a start with more peaks and troughs than the blotted history of Tottenham Hotspur as he follows a double bogey and two birdies with... a bogey. No such struggles for John Merrick, however, as he birdies the 4th to go six under and one shot off the lead. If he goes on to win, who'll play him in the film do we think? David Bowie again?

1356: Here's some hot-off-the-press weather chat for you, from our man on the course, Rob Hodgetts: "It's a hot sunny morning here at Augusta, but with showers and possibly heavy thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon. The winds will be picking up later too, maybe even to as strong as 20mph."

1352: Larry Mize makes it two-in-two as he picks up another shot at the third to erase the damage done by that opening hole and move back to five under. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and England's Ian Poulter, meanwhile, kick off with a par.

1348: "The Europeans must step up to the plate, otherwise I can see the US having all of the top ten for today. Come on Padraig!! And hopefully McIlroy will shine today."
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1343: "Re 1326: I'm sure I once read that a well struck golf-ball is impervious to wind."
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1338: John Merrick, sans trunk and ivory tusks, gets his round going with a birdie at the second to move up to five under and two shots off the lead. Larry Mize does the same and he's one over for the day.

1334: "Patience and experience will be the key today. Augusta will have sucked a lot of new players in yesterday but today the course will bite back. My ones to watch are Harrington, Woods, Weir and Jiminez - loads of experience."
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Tiger Woods hits out of the trees on 11th

Masters day one highlights

1332: With Ian Poulter and Tom Watson now out and about on the course at Augusta, I'll just serve you a quick reminder that you can catch up with yesterday's play via our highlights package, which is trimmer than Alan Titchmarsh's garden hedge. It kicks off with Tiger Woods's stunning approach from off the fairway at 11 - a rescue attempt only marginally less impressive than when Skippy alerted the locals to noises coming from the nearby mine in all 91 episodes of the Australian TV series. Lovely.

1326: "Watch out for 12 and 15 today. If the wind picks up the tee shot on 12 and approach to the 15th will become very difficult, bringing the water into play."
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1323: "Mize with a double at one... a sign of things to come is it?"
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Larry Mize

Archive - Larry Mize chips in for Masters title

1321: Oopsa-daisy Martin Hayesy, Larry Mize - champion here in 1987, when he pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a sublime chip from off the green at the 11th to seal the Green Jacket - double bogeys the first to slip back to three under. Caused a few problems for folks already, that opening hole.

1317: "I fancy Pigu (Andres) Romero to make a move up the leaderboard today. Nobody has mentioned him even though he played very well last year."
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1314: "The course is set up so that low scores can be shot if the weather is kind - and the weather was kind yesterday - but it will probably come to bear that yesterday will be when the course was at its friendliest and, with rain forecast this afternoon, the ground will soften up and low scores will be harder to come by from here on in."
John Murray on BBC Radio 5 Live

1308: "Yesterday will become vital in this Masters as I can only see shots being dropped between now and Sunday with a winning score of no more than five under..."
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1305: "It would be great to see Mize, Norman, Langer & Lyle have another good day and show those young pretenders (Anthony Kim etc) how to cope with the big occasions."
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1300: Larry Mize, John Merrick and amateur Drew Kittleson approach the first tee to get the second day of the Augusta Masters under way... are you ready? Happy days.

1257: Which all leads me to my first question of the day... who were your big winners and losers of the first round and where's your money going into day two? As always, I'd be honoured and delighted if you would send me your inner-most thoughts - preferably, but not necessarily exclusively, about golf more than anything else - via text on 81111 or via the weird and wonderful world of 606.

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1254: But there was cause for optimism among the game's more celebrated names too. Tiger Woods fired a steady 70 in his first major since an eight-month lay-off following knee surgery, Padraig Harrington kicked off his attempt to keep his "Paddy Slam" dreams alive with a 69, and European hopefuls Ross Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Bernhard Langer are also in the mix after day one.

1253: The big winners of the opening day then, aside from the course-side sun-tan lotion venders, were American trio Chad Campbell, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Those three are separated by a single shot at the top of the leaderboard and showed more than enough to suggest they can stay the course this weekend.

1250: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the 73rd Masters is well and truly under way and, after a first day during which more birdies were sunk than at the Annual Nebraska Pheasant Hunt, one question is on the lips of everyone ahead of day two - the course can't remain this welcoming all weekend... can it?
Strike while the iron's hot...



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