0041: Time to go. It's been a long day - and the
report is now up.
There are two Brits at the top of the leaderboard, Tiger and Phil Mickelson are lurking and ready to pounce while the likes of Kim, Yang and Choi are all threatening. Pick a winner out of that lot. The next two days will be dynamite and you lucky people have got Paul Fletcher and Ben Dirs to take you through it. Thanks very much for your company and messages over the last two days. Take care and get some sleep. Byeeeee.
BBC Sport pundit Wayne Grady: "Tomorrow is a big day. You can't win it on a Saturday but you can certainly shoot yourself out of it. If Westwood's ball striking remains the same then no-one will beat him. It's a great set-up for the weekend. There are a lot of guys who can win it."
PGA Tour on Twitter:
"New territory: Westwood hasn't held/shared the lead after any round of a major. Poulter hasn't led after a round in a US stroke play event."
Simon in Dublin via text: "Let's be honest here Ben, never mind the sunburn. Anyone who bets against woods now is an idiot. Simple as."
0025: So then, who's going to miss out this weekend? Ben Curtis, Padraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey, Chris Wood, Sandy Lyle - you're outta here. Meanwhile, my colleagues are now starting to sing Simply Red songs. I loathe them.
0021: The final group finish. My man Goosen wraps things up with a bogey five for a 71. He's on one over but is ready to threaten the leaders tomorrow. Just you wait and see. Mahan has a par, he's two under, while Karlsson has a five. One under for the Swede.
0015: Mahan sticks his approach close to the 18th stick. Birdie chance.
Lee Westwood (2nd round: -3 Overall -8): "Myself and Ian [Poulter] played the last round here last year and Tiger and Phil Mickelson were in front of us. It's a position we'd be used to. It really makes me feel I can contend in these big events. My long game has always been pretty good and I've got my short game up to a level it needs to be. All in all I'm delighted with how things have gone. It was a grinding day, danger lurks everywhere and you have to keep your wits about you. Your talent and ability never leaves you - it's confidence more than anything. Sometimes you start to panic and listen to too many people and it's a vicious circle. As I've got older I'm a lot more patient on the golf course. It's all about maturing. But I've always been a slow learner."
0010: Mickelson and Yang both par the last. The final group of Goosen, Mahan and Robert Karlsson are coming up the 18th. -8 Poulter, Westwood -6 Woods, Choi, Barnes, Kim, Mickelson -5 Yang
ketchell on Twitter:
"Was about to throw my fiver on Westwood but I don't like the look of that sunburn... "
Masters Macca: "It's been an interesting day for the trio that took part in the play-off that decided the 2009 Masters. Cabrera looks like making the cut with that last-hole birdie. Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry, who missed out to Cabrera, will be sticking about as well. Campbell, who had an opening round 79, matched Poulter for the round of the day so far with a 68 to make it, while Perry has been steady as she goes with rounds of 72 and 71 to sit nicely placed on -1."
0005: Ooh that's close. Mickelson rattles his birdie putt up the hill. It hits the back of the cup and fires out left. Luckily for him it did the cup otherwise the ball would have been in the scorers hut. If that putt had fallen in, Mickelson would have been paired with Woods tomorrow.
0002: Another fine approach from Yang, this time at the last. Mickelson is also on the 18th dancefloor but is way down to the front. Not long now folks, stick with it.
2357: Good work from Big Angel. He drifts a 10ft birdie putt into the hole at the last and that three for the defending champ means he sneaks inside the cut mark. Those rounded shoulders sigh in relief.
Tom Watson (2nd round: +2 Overall: -3): "Today I didn't get the ball up and down once from off the green - I didn't scramble very well. You can't trust the wind, that's what makes the Augusta National so difficult as well as all the lies."
2351: He's not going to bed just yet. No way. Here's Masters Macca: "Quick Cabrera update: a bogey at 17 means he's heading down the last almost certainly needing a birdie to earn himself a place in the weekend plans."
2347: Kim chips to where Els' marker is and the American has to settle for a bogey. He is back in the group on six under. There's been just four birdies at the last today. Els pars the 18th for a 73. The Big Easy is level par for the tournament.
2344: US PGA winner YE Yang produces a sublime approach to the 17th green and he nabs a birdie - he's back to five under. Mickelson is two feet away on the same hole - and he gets it. Lefty is two off the leaders on six under. -8 Poulter, Westwood -7 Kim -6 Woods, Choi, Barnes, Mickelson -5 Yang
2339: Mickelson at the 17th tee - it's down the middle. Els on the fairway at 18 and he sticks it on the same level as the flag but to the left and 25 ft away from the pin. Kim is just in the rough to the right of the 18th fairway. He does not connect with it correctly and the ball lands in the crowd to the left of the green.
2327: Westwood trundles his putt up the hill and he has a three-footer for bogey... which he gets. Poulter and Westy lead the Masters by one. Italian amateur Matteo Manassero gets a warm reception as he completes his round. Tom Watson's son Michael, who the caddie for his dad this week, reveals that he proposed to his girlfriend at the 13th during a practice round on Sunday. Michael then gets a hug from his old man. Excuse me for a minute... I'm welling up.
2322: Westwood's approach to the 18th looks delicious but the ball spins back and down the slope. That's going to be a tough two putt from there. Here's Mickelson making hard work of the 15th. He misses the birdie putt and has a tricky four footer to save par - which he does. The shadows are lengthening now. It has been a gorgeous day at Augusta National.
2318: If may be long, but Mickelson does not seem to get the read of that eagle putt and it drifts away down and to the left, around 10ft away. Here's Masters Macca on defending champ Angel Cabrera: "Cabrera drops another one at 15 and is now on the wrong side of the projected cut (+3 at present). Looks like he'll need a birdie somewhere soon if his hopes of joining Faldo, Woods and Jack in the elusive club of players to win back-to-back Green jackets is to continue (for at least 36 more holes anyway). And just as I'm writing this we see Cabrera holing a long one for birdie at 16. Good work big man."
2314: After much deliberation, Mickelson takes a five iron for his approach to the 15th. That was 205 yards to the front of the green by the way. The ball goes to the very back on to the fringe but it is well away from the pin. Kim does get that simple birdie and is on his own at seven under. Westwood plays it safe and punches it out of the straw underneath the trees. The applause indicates that he has got it out onto the fairway.
Graeme McDowell (2nd round: +2 Overall: +5): "I am frustrated because I played well enough today to make that cut and my game is there or thereabouts. My short game really let me down this week. This golf course is a brutal test and the pins are a lot more treacherous today and if you get in the wrong side in this place it will bite you hard."
2308: Oh no, Westwood goes right at 18 and is in the trees. It would be a brave man to bet on a par for that hole. Some of the groups today have taken around five and a half hours to complete and Peter Alliss again is not happy.
2306: Masters Macca is on Els-watch. "Els is finding it anything but Easy at the 15th. After sinking his second in the drink he has made an absolute mess of his chip over the green and within a few rolls of being back in the water. He thinks he's gone in and almost drops another one, but is saved by the crowd. He keeps his calm to chip within a foot and will take a double-bogey seven. Could've been a lot worse. Could've probably been better as well I guess."
2301: "Hit it baby," a patron swoons as Mickelson larrups his tee shot at 15 straight down the middle. Kim now up to six under with a birdie four at 15. He then delivers a stunning tee shot at the par-three 16 to within a couple of inches. Brilliant. He's going third pretty soon.
From Paul in Didcot via text: "The first Masters was in 1934 and the par has always been 72. Therefore four sub-70 rounds would be -12 or better. Going through the archives all scores -12 or better have included at least one round of 70 or more. Therefore I can confirm that no player in masters history has ever carded four sub-70 rounds in the same tournament. It's only taken me the last hour to work it out! Pretty amazing really."
Ian Poulter on Twitter:
"Face down on the massage table watching the finish of the golf, how good is HD at Augusta. So crystal clear."
2257: Here's some more from Masters Macca. He's prolific that boy. "Ernie Els, many people's tip for the top of the leaderboard this week, is ticking along nicely. Well he was, anyway. Birdies at 10 and 12 took him to one under for the day, -2 for the tournament. However, he's just gone for the green with his second at the 15th and finds himself in the splish-splash. Reigning champ Angel Cabrera is also at the 15th, on +3 after dropping another at the 13th. He's just on the right side of the cut cusp at present."
2251: Groans in the office as Westwood's long putt just stays outside the cup. That was close. Par for him. Watson closes with a bogey five to add a 74 to his opening 67. He's on three under. Live text gold as news emerges that a plane which flew over Augusta National with banners teasing Tiger Woods about his private life has been grounded by Federal Aviation Administration flight safety inspectors. No more words are necessary.
Trevor Immelman on Twitter:
"The course played a lot tougher today. Wind blowing from a different direction. Looking forward to the weekend. Isn't the Masters awesome!"
Evra on 606:
"Now the dilemma kicks in, looks like both Poults and Westy will be in contention for the jacket, Tiger is on his comeback, Lefty is hammering the ball and those pesky Spaniards have arranged Barcelona v Real Madrid for tomorrow night."
2243: Masters Macca has mercifully stopped singing for five minutes to write this: "Good news for the likes of Jimenez, Glover and Tim Clark: the projected cut has dropped to +3. Japan's Yuta Ikeda, who had a stinker of a back nine after a fine 70 on day one, is another who could benefit. Chad Campbell, who chucked away the chance of a Green Jacket last year, is making a brave attempt to be part of the party this year. He's four under for the round after a 79 on Thursday and back to +3."
2239: Westwood produces a wonderful tee shot at the par-three 16th but has an unlucky break. The ball catches the slope and rolls 30 ft or so away. Not fair. And the sporting patrons behind the green make their feelings known by booing the ball. Booooooo. Watson is struggling with the bunker at 18 and needs two two attempts to get the ball out.
2234: Westwood birdies 15 to take the outright lead again at nine under. Watson is on the 18th but finds the greenside bunker with his approach. Mickelson fires off a huge tee shot at 14. -9 Westwood -8 Poulter -6 Woods, Choi, Barnes -5 Kim, Mickelson, Yang -4 Watson
Ken Brown's guide to the 13th hole
2227: Unfortunately, Masters Macca has developed the slightly annoying habit of singing "Westwood to Hollywood", from Aztec Camera's pop hit "Somewhere In My Heart", every time Westy comes on screen. He's going back to football. Mickelson does birdie the 13th and is on five under. Have a gander at Ken Brown's video about how to play "Azalea".
Ian Poulter on Twitter:
"Great day today friends, Played sweet again today, slight blemish to the card on 18 but had a load of chances today. Have a great night all."
2221: Lovely first putt up the hill on the 13th green for Mickelson. Birdie o'clock there methinks. He's got some pretty toothpaste fresh strides on as well you know. Are these articles of clothing only available to golfers? Fairway wood for Westwood for his approach to the par-five 15th. He sends it right and curls it in over the water and onto the green. Good response.
2216: Mickelson just misses the trees down the left of the par-five 13th with his tee shot and he gets on the green in two. Kim goes way left at 14.
2212: Westwood chips way to the left of the 14th green. It bounces on a mound and drifts round to the hole but it keeps running and running - that leaves him with a 17ft putt for bogey... which he misses. That's a double then and he is back with Poulter on eight under. This is what can happen when you misplace a tee shot at Augusta.
2208: Westwood is making a bit of a horlicks of the 14th. He struggles to get out of the rough and has plenty of work to do to get a bogey now. Hunter Mahan (-2) is told by his caddie to take a nine iron at the 155-yard par-three 12th. "I agree," replies Mahan. It is the right club but Mahan drifts it a touch left.
Sergio Garcia (2nd round: -2 Overall: Even): "I'm just going to play two more days and see what happens. The pins were a bit tougher. The greens were still holding and the wind a bit different - more from the north. Overall it was a good mix and that's why even though the greens were soft you're not seeing a lot of low scores."
2202: Westwood does not connect well with his second shot at 14. The ball does not really travel and settles in the rough down the left. Par is the best he can hope for now. Kim sinks a long putt at 13 to remain at five under.
2156: Slight mistake from Westwood at the 14th. He pulls his tee shot a little left and it looks as if he is in the pine needles. Watson birdies the 15th and he joins Mickelson and Yang on four under. Masters Macca is back again: "Steve Stricker is in the clubhouse after a fine back nine of two under. That could well earn the world number two a couple more rounds as he sits in there nervously, sipping his half of shandy and snacking on his packet of scratchings on +2. Camilo Villegas is also in there on +2, the same score as is reigning champ Angel Cabrera after the 12th. The 16-year-old Italian Matteo Manaserro is a stroke better off going down the 14th. Projected cut stands at +2, but the way scoring is going it could slip to +3."
2150: Mickelson has a five footer for a birdie at the 11th. It's a downhill left-to-right putt and in truth it never really threatens the hole. Casey birdies the 13th but is on eight over after bogeys at 10 and 11 as well as a double at 12. A day to forget for the Englishman. Watson fires one into the 15th. Brilliant shot. -10 Westwood -8 Poulter -6 Woods, Choi, Barnes -5 Kim -4 Mickelson, Yang
Padraig Harrington (2nd round: +3 Overall +5): "It was tough today, the pins were very tough and I got on to the back foot and tried to go after them. I never had the luxury of making mistakes today and a couple of holes got away from me."
Gary, Gothenburg via text: "My heart goes out to Michael Campbell. He did a solo Haka for us in the Irish hospitality tent at the Scandinavian Masters, back in the days when he was good. Nothing to do with the complimentary Guinness*!" * other stout-based alcoholic beverages are available
2138: What of Ernie Els I hear you ask? Well, the South African sinks a monster for a birdie at the 12th as he moves to two under. Meanwhile, Westwood has a tiddler at the 13th green and he STROKES IT IN. A birdie four. He's on 10 under and the Englishman now leads by two. What a story this is.
Nick in Newcastle, rooting for a remarkable comeback from Tiger, via text: "Mark, we all know that the cut is placed at 10 shots above the best score after two rounds. I was just thinking, do you know what would happen if one player had an immense first two rounds, and finished 20 under, and only two or three more players hit 10 under or better? Would the weekend be played with only a handful of players, or would other players be brought in?" Hi Nick, the other criteria for the cut is the top 44 plus ties - so we couldn't have just a handful of players. Cheers.
Ian Poulter (2nd round: -4 Overall: -8): "I enjoyed it very much. When you hit the ball very well it is a joy to play here. I was really solid today and had plenty of chances. I hit a lot of good golf shots. In the last 18 months I've put a lot of work into my game. My putting, I'm very confident with that in my hand. If putts aren't going in they are having a look and burning the edges. I do feel calm on the golf course, I was very calm at the Matchplay and not been nervous here all week. I'm a leaderboard watcher and was fully aware Lee was playing good - it is nice to have that and something to bounce off and spur you on to make another birdie. I played a practice round with Casey and Lee, we played nine holes and Lee played pretty flawless and took a couple of dollars off me."
2127: Kim drops a shot at 11 to slip to five under. Mickelson has a par at 10. McIlroy tells the BBC that he needs a break for a few weeks to "clear my head" and to let his back injury heal. It's been a chastening weekend for the 20-year-old. -9 Westwood -8 Poulter -6 Woods, Choi, Barnes -5 Kim, Yang
BBC Sport pundit Ken Brown: "Ian Poulter has been putting so well recently. No-one else has broken 70 today - he's breezed the conditions out there."
Tiger Woods (2nd round: -2 Overall: -6): "I played well all day and played a lot of good shots. I played a lot better today than yesterday. The conditions are very difficult out there, it's difficult to pick a club with the way the wind is gusting around."
Dave, Brighton via text: "Can't believe my luck (so far). For years I've been rubbish with my picks but this year, both Westwood AND Poulter before day one!!"
2118: Par save for Westy at the 12th. Watson back at three under with a birdie four at 13. Mickelson goes left at 10. It looks as if it is going to be in all sorts of bother but Lefty gets a lucky break and the ball settles in the rough. From there Mickelson gets it on the dancefloor. Easy.
Luke, Fulham via text: "I got £10 each way on both Poulter and Westwood. Come on the English boys. Looking good so far. Hope both in same position this time Sunday."
Anon via text: "Yikes! I advised my brother, who likes a punt but knows very little about golf, to put money on Harrington. He just texted me a tip for the National tomorrow. Dilemma!"
2110: Westwood is not happy with his approach to the 12th. It's too long and it's left. The flowers at the back of the green obscure where the ball lands. Poulter is on the telly. When I said earlier that he was understated, I never clocked those pastel pink slacks. Outstanding.
2106: Westwood leads again. The approach to the 11th leads to a birdie. He's on nine under. Woods finishes his round, adding a 70 to his opening 68 and is handily placed on six under. Where's your money?
ketchell on Twitter:
"Who should I put my free £5 bet on? Heart says Tiger but my head says, 'surely he can't, can he?'" Don't ask me fella, I picked the Goose at the start of play yesterday.
McGavin from St Andrews via text: "Stunning play by Westwood today. I just saw his approach to the 11th, has to be one of the best today. Hope he and Ian can keep it up into the weekend and spoil Tiger's triumphant return."
2100: As much as I love Amen Corner, it's time to see some other holes now. Network coverage is starting on BBC Two. It is also being streamed at the top of this page. The fragrant Hazel Irvine is looking very smart in a beige suit jacket and is set to take you through the evening. Lovely.
2055: We've got our first sight of Westy. He fires in a nice approach to the 11th green. He is looking more and more like a major winner now doesn't he? Mickelson bogeys 8, back to four under. Paul Casey is quietly slipping away unless something massive happens in the next couple of hours. He drops a shot at the 10th and is six over.
Olly, Southampton via text: "I've got a whopping fiver each way at 28/1 on Poults and another one on Kim at 40s... come on Tony! Any chance they might cancel the weekend?"
Tom Palmer in Atherstone via text: "I told my friend a European would DEFINITELY win this week. Many are fading out of contention, except for a fellow Nottingham Forest fan Lee Westwood, who I backed at 20/1. Oh, and the bloke with the dodgy dress sense!" Dodgy or visionary? You decide.
Anon via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "Sitting in Hooters in Texas - still no TV coverage here but the BBC service keeping all informed! Not even being distracted by the waitresses - come on Poulter/Westwood!"
2045: Shame for Poulter as he drops a shot at the last. Westwood does the same at the 10th and the leading British duo are back to eight under, two strokes clear of Woods, Choi and Kim. Watson drops a shot at the 12th, he's on two under.
2041: In case you missed it, former US Open champion Michael Campbell had an absolute horror show today - carding a nine over 81 to end up on 20 over par. Ouch. He has not made the halfway cut for six months apparently and is now considering taking a big break from the game. Here's what he had to say: "Mentally I'm not there and maybe I should get away for a month or six months or who knows, I need to get myself sorted out. Michael Campbell should not be shooting these scores. It's just not working. I knew this week is a bit different, if you don't have your 'A' game it makes you look like an idiot, but this is pretty much the worst I have felt since I turned professional. It's been ridiculous."
2035: Great reception for two-time Masters winner Tom Watson at the 12th. He gets to the famous par-three hole with four bogeys and two birdies under his belt. He's on three under overall. Sorry Pete (see tweet from earlier), Clark bogeyed that 11th and is on six over. KJ Choi is back to six under with a birdie at 16.
2029: Masters Macca is getting a taste for this. Maybe the golf desk will get him on a permanent transfer. He'll be expensive though. Here's his latest missive: "Luke Donald has just dropped another shot, this time at the 10th, and he's at +4 now. The Englishman is heading through Amen Corner in desperate need of a turnaround in fortunes. Projected cut remains at +2."
Oscar Castillo in Colombo via text: "Telly coverage doesn't start till 1:30 am and my eyelids are going. But I'm sure the sight of Poulter's flares will liven me up. What's his clobber like today?" Quite reserved actually Oscar. It's bright for sure, but today he is mostly wearing pastel yellow. Or is it green. Not sure. Anyway, here's a pic.
peter_stephens on Twitter:
"I put my mortgage each way on Tim Clark, who seems to be missing from all leaderboards as far as I can see. Worried." With good reason friend, Clark is on five over and has just found water at 11.
2019: Movement up top, so to speak. Poulter grabs a shot back at 16 to join leader Westwood on nine under. Woods birdies 15 and is with Kim three strokes off the lead.
2014: We've had a few messages into us here at BBC Towers complaining that Westwood and Poulter have not had a lot of telly coverage so far today. The reason is that there are strict broadcasting rules at Augusta and for the majority of the day, Amen Corner as well as 15 and 16 are the only holes available. Full network coverage begins at 2100 on BBC Two. Hope that clears things up.
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter:
"'I'm not myself at the moment. I need to go back to the way I was as a kid, whacking it, finding it and whacking it again' says Rory McIlroy."
2011: Just for one weekend only, we've got the lovely Masters Macca on loan from the football desk. Here's what he has got to say: "As we stand the cut is looking at being +2, which means a few big names need to get their skates on if they're going to stick around for the weekend, including Jimenez, Glover and McDowell on +3 and Harrington, Langer and Kaymer on +4. Paul Casey and Oliver Wilson on +5 need a good back nine to avoid an early flight home."
2006: Mickelson bogeys the 5th. He's back at five under. Heath Slocum - sorry, can't get Are You Being Served? out of my head - birdies 11 and 12 and is on two under.
KJP via text: "Re: Thomas 1943. If she loves you she'll understand. It's a messy old affair anyway. Book the taxi for her now just in case!"
ARP9 on Twitter:
"It's not just you - to me Ricky Barnes is Cliff "Digger" Barnes' son, who turned to golf after injury ended his NFL career in '88. Ricky Barnes may also be a part time Nascar racer. It also has to be pronounced as one continuous word Rickybarnes."
1959: Kim up to six under with a birdie at the 6th. This leaderboard is as hot as a Sophie Dahl cookery programme. McDowell doubles the 10th - that's three over for him. Retief Goosen birdies two of his opening four holes - he's level par.
1953: The Coupler makes it three bogeys in a row as he lets one slip at the 18th. That's a poor finish and no mistake. The 50-year-old is on three under. Augusta National does not do sentiment.
Essiential on 606:
"There's a guy with a leaf-blower on the 14th green. Can't he do that some other time?"
1949: Bang. Westy goes one clear again. He's on nine under after picking up a shot at the par-four 7th. -9 Westwood -8 Poulter -6 Mickelson -5 Woods, Choi, Barnes, Kim, Yang
Sandy Lyle (2nd round: +14 Overall: +11): "I realise I've got no excuse and I have to go and control my ball. Unfortunately the first eight, nine holes I was playing with a square golf ball. I never got it going all day. I was just very bad. It's a tough old course to get rhythm back."
1943: Ricky Barnes is back to five under after a bogey at the 13th. Don't know why but ever time I hear his name, I want to put on a JR Ewing accent and return to the 80s. Maybe that's just me. Watson bogeys 7, down to four under.
Thomas in St Albans via text: "My wife is now a week overdue with our first child. I bet labour kicks in on the back nine on Sunday with Westy and Poults battling it out - a boy can dream!"
Alan in Dubai via text: "It would speed up golf and make it a better test if caddies weren't allowed to carry yardage books and players had to judge for themselves. Just a thought."
1933: Thanks to Dirsy for the last few updates which allowed me to enjoy some fine dining from the BBC canteen. Or something like that. Westwood rebounds superbly from that setback at 5, claiming a birdie at the 6th to return to eight under. Mickelson now up to six under with a birdie three at the 3rd. Couples is slipping. He birdies 15 but drops shots at 16 and 17. He is on four under, has his time been and gone? -8 Poulter, Westwood -6 Barnes, Mickelson -5 Woods, Choi, Kim, Yang
1931: Woods for birdie at 13, from 25 feet... easy as you like, he joins a gaggle of players at five under, three shots off the lead. Harrington burnt up Amen Corner, making birdies at 12 and 13, and the Irishman is back to four over. The chunky little Choi sinks his 10-footer at 13 to join playing partner Woods on five under.
1926: Woods' third shot at 13, and it's not a great one - too soft and he'll have a long putt for birdie. Better, though, from playing partner Choi. Phil Mickelson's out and about, he's parred the first two to stay five under. Ernie Els has bogeyed the par-three 4th, he's back to one under - but not out of this yet...
1923: Lee Westwood has let a shot slip at the par-four 5th, he's back to seven under, leaving fellow Englishman Ian Poulter as the outright leader. Tom Watson's having a right old ding-dong with the course, he makes bogey at 7 to drop back to -4.
1920: World number two Steve Stricker, one of the finest putters in the game, has to settle for birdie at 13 after his eagle attempt from six feet dies on him. He's three over. Rory McIlroy's in with a 77 - +7 overall, he won't be around at the weekend. Villegas in with a level-par 72 - +2 overall, he probably will be.
1917: Australia's Adam Scott with a 30-footer at 12 - it slides by six or seven feet, he'll have that for par. Poulter with a very sweet birdie putt at 13, he joins Westwood on eight under - two Englishmen on top.
1914: Anthony Kim, winner in Houston last week, birdies the 3rd to move to five under. Boom Boom back to six under after a birdie at the par-five 15th. Here's Poulter with a big right-to-left swinger for eagle at 13... he leaves it high and it very nearly topples over the ridge at the back.
Andrew in Edinburgh via text: "Mark, I just saw Mickelson top of the leaderboard at 10 under. Was I dreaming or seeing in the future? You heard it here first."
1901: Couples drops a shot at the 14th, he's back to five under. Padraig H has birdies at 12 and 13 to move to four over. He might need a few more if he wants to stick around for the weekend. Have a look at this leaderboard. Brilliant. -8 Westwood -7 Poulter -6 Barnes -5 Couples, Watson, Mickelson, Yang
Michael from Letchworth via text: "The Masters led by two Englishmen? Wonder when I'm going to wake up. Hope the boys can keep me dreaming for a bit longer. About two days longer if possible."
Steve via text: "Stuck in KL having had flight to Dubai cancelled, not great but the live texts are keeping everybody going. Come on Lee, let's see you tame the Tiger."
1854: Great 7ft birdie putt from Poults at the 12th. His fine tee shot deserved something there. Poulter now up to seven under, one behind Westwood. Two Brits at the top of the leaderboard - this is hotting up. Woods saves par at 11.
1851: Poulter, is pastel yellow today, pars the 11th. Woods is in some messy stuff to the right of the 11th green. He chips on but the devilishly quick green takes the ball away from the hole. He has a tricky one back up the slope for par.
1846: Westwood is on the march. He's now two shots clear with a birdie at the 3rd. Electric start. Meanwhile, Watson has his first par of the day at the 5th.
1836: George (see earlier text), this one's for you. Lee Westwood leads the Masters. The world number four eagles the 2nd and is out in front on his own at seven under.
Nick W in Birmingham via text: "Re: 1812. Can you tell Aaron that I also failed an put a bet on Ricky Barnes."
George on the loudest train in the world via text: "On a train from London to Manchester behind 11 rowdy teenagers off on a boozy weekend. Don't they know I'm trying to keep up with the Masters? C'mon Westwood!"
1831: Couples settles for a five and he comes through Amen Corner unscathed. British hope Lee Westwood is up and running and he opens with a par.
1826: Couples lays up at 13 to get a better angle for his approach to the green. Garcia doesn't but makes the dancefloor anyway. Outside chance of an eagle. It's still par o'clock for Woods, he's on four under thru nine. Watson is up and down as often as Tower Bridge - a birdie on the 4th gets him back to five under.
Webbo in Luton via text: "Guess Sandy Lyle didn't have the old Tic Tacs* helping him out today! Wouldn't be surprised if he heads straight for the clubhouse bar." * other mint-based sweets are available
Moon on 606:
"I know it's not strictly correct, but if you get a 10-shot lead after day two... are you the only one to make the cut??"
1816: Watson is having a lively old start. He's bogeyed the 3rd and is back to four under. By the way, here's a quick reminder of how you can be a part of this magical second day at the Masters - there's
or text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with MASTERS before your message. I thank you.
PB on 606:
"Can somebody please tell me if Watney realises I have money on him (again). He seems to be imploding just to wind me up."
1812: Couples misses another birdie chance at 12. Garcia gets up and down from the bunker for par. He is wearing probably the whitest pair of slacks I have ever seen in my life. Where do you get these kind of trousers? Nick Watney drops shots at 13 and 16 and is one under thru 17.
Aaron, Weston-Super-Mare via text: "Re: Bowen. I did get on Ricky Barnes and took the 300/1 each way on offer. If he wins I will shout you the fiver."
Rich, Milan via text: "Just trying to guess what the interviewer's opening line will be when he speaks to Sandy, 'when you look back on your second round what were the main highlights?'"
1806: Garcia goes out of the back of the 12th green and into the sand. He's not happy and he angrily slams his club into the bag. Cue the patrons behind the tee remarking: "Oooooooooooohhh" and making handbag gestures with their hands. Not really, it's the Masters. Garcia is on three over.
ArmchairPro on 606:
"Re: 1753. I'd lay good money Campbell packed them before leaving his room this morning."
1800: How do you solve a problem like 11? No-one has birdied that bad boy today. Couples' six footer keeps straight and does not break into the hole. Johnson only parred the 12th by the way. Watson back to five under with a birdie at the 2nd. -6 Couples, Poulter, Barnes -5 Watson, Westwood, Mickelson, Yang -4 Kjeldsen, Woods, Choi, Kim
Matty via text: "Sitting here depressed. Can't get a job, what use is a degree - everyone has one these days. Lee Westwood to win, so I win my bet. I need the money after all!"
1753: Beautiful strike from the Coupler at 11. The ball bounces in the fringe and then trickles onto the dancefloor. Birdie chance. Can I just say that Couples has better-looking shoes on today. The BBC telly boys will not give him a hard time that's for sure. Just for your info, Campbell doubled the 16th and ended 20 over for the tournament. Think he'll be packing his bags as we speak.
Keebs, Leicester via text: "Re: Andy Ross. Can I suggest you eat little and often between now and the conclusion of the tournament to keep major hunger pangs at bay? If Tiger plays his next three rounds at the same pace as his first you won't be tucking into that curry until late afternoon Monday at the earliest."
1747: Tom Watson slips back to four under with a bogey at the 1st. Peach of a shot from Zach Johnson at the par-three 12th. The 2007 winner is one over for the day, one under for the tournament.
Evra on 606:
"Poults you beauty. Joint leader and without a doubt the worst dress sense in golf."
1743: Poulter is on the move. The Englishman makes it a three-way tie for the lead on six under with a birdie at the 8th. He shortened his practice round on Tuesday to watch Arsenal's Champions League tie with Barcelona. Not doing him any harm though is it?
1739: Woods has a run of three pars. He's now on the 8th. McIlroy is in the white dusty stuff at the back of the 12th but he gets up and down well to save par. Perry drops a shot at the same hole after missing a tiddler. Back to one under.
Tim via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "We are not grumpy... Sandy is grumpy."
1730: Kenny Perry has had a good day. Birdies at 6, 9 and 10 pull him up to two under. He is close to another one at 11 but the putt just drifts by. Sean O'Hair sinks a long one at 13 for eagle. He's on one under. McIlroy, who bogeyed the 8th, saves par at 11 to remain on five over.
BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter on Twitter:
"I've just worked out that if 'yesterday Lyle' played 'today Lyle' at matchplay, he'd have won 7 and 6. A friend found the one idiot bookmaker in the world and was offered 25-1 for Lyle to finish top Scot. Doesn't even have to make the cut."
1726: Bowen (see recent text message) better get the bucket ready. Couples drops a shot at the 9th. He's joins Barnes on six under.
James via text: "Has it occurred to anyone else that if you morphed the faces of Langer and Couples you would get Barry Manilow?" Brilliant.
Bowen from Castleford via text: "Courtesy of a rather large betting firm I got a free £5 bet on the masters after having a £10 bet on the Grand National tomorrow. I picked Abbybraney, which is now a non-runner, so my Masters bet is void. My Masters bet? Ricky Barnes cos I've got a mate with the same name. I won't tell you the odds or I'll be sick. Probably a nice fella but I hope he loses his clubs."
1714: Here's Vijay at the 13th tee. Thwack. He tries to draw it around the corner but does not get enough curve on it. He's had a run of four straight pars. Don't think the Fijian will win a second Green Jacket this year.
Andy Ross via text: "I've just stuck the last of my cash on Tiger to win this. Hopefully on Sunday night I will have enough money for a nice curry. Come on Tiger."
1709: If you could do a manual refresh for me that would be great - then this page will look as it should. Awesome. Leader Couples continues his run of pars. He's still on seven under thru eight.
1705: Afternoon gang. My, my some of you are a little grumpy today. Maybe we need a little Bobby McFerrin number to cheer us all up. Anyway, Sandy did triple the 12th but he birdied the 13th, doubled the 14th and birdied the 15th. Not sure what arrows to put up for that one. He's on 10 over.
By Ben Dirs
1702: Right, that's me done for today, I'll be back again for a couple of late shifts at the weekend. Mark Orlovac will take you through to the close, thanks for the banter...
Cynical Paddy via text on 81111: "I'm glad now that he is dropping shots it's 'Irishman' Rory McIlroy, perhaps he can pick up a few shots to become an 'Ulsterman' or even dare to get into negative territory where he may get to be 'British'... gotta love the BBC."
1656: Immelman goes right at the flag at the par-three 12th, and Soren Hansen gets inside him with an even better effort. Vijay Singh's not having a great time of things - eight over for the tournament, he hasn't had a top-10 finish in the last 14 majors. Bernhard Langer pars the first, he stays one under.
1650: Here's Ben Martin splashing out of, erm, the water at the par-five 13th. Shoes and socks off, trousers rolled up to his knees, he escapes, only for his ball to fly over the back of the green. Here's Trevor Immelman at 11 - no birdies so far at this hole - he rolls in his four-footer for par.
1646: A shot gone for Tiger at the nasty par-three 4th, he drops back to four under and three off the lead. Ikeda of Japan birdies the 3rd to move to -3.
1643: Ross Fisher's birdie attempt at 12 dips to the left, while Watney's 15-foot par putt slides three feet by. Shot gone, back to three under.
James M via text on 81111: "Woah, just connected to read Woods was at +8 and thought the World Number One was suffering a rotten second round, before noting the mighty apostrophe, an underestimated punctuation mark if there ever was one and one I cannot locate on my old mobile."
1640: Nicky Watney out of the white stuff at 12... not a bad effort at all, but it's still trickled 15 feet by. Ricky Barnes of Stockton, California birdies 2 and 3 to move to six under and outright second.
1636: Bad news if you're Irish - Harrington's dropped one at the 4th to drop back to three over, McIlroy is now four over after double bogey at 7. Four straight pars between 3 and 6 for leader Couples.
1633: Fisher misses with his birdie attempt at 11, that green is more slippery than cat sick on linoleum. KJ Choi birdies 3 to join Woods and Poulter on five under. Watney makes par at 11, he stays -4. News of Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, who some thought could be a dark horse this weekend - he's one under after dropped shots at 1 and 4.
1626: An absolute peach of an approach from Ross Fisher at 11 - he needs one hell of a sticking plaster, however, he's eight over par. It gives me no pleasure to report that Michael Campbell has made triple bogey at the par-four 14th and is now 18 over...
1623: Birdie for Woods at the par-five 2nd - he's now five under, two behind Couples. Two shots gone for 2008 champion Immelman on the outward nine, he's now one under. Simon Dyson of England birdies 13 to get back to +3.
1618: Bogey for Garcia at 5, he's now +3. Sandy losing his rag at the 12th - he fluffs a chip out of the pine straw before hitting out at an imaginary foe lurking in the bushes. He plays his fifth to within a couple of feet, it should be a triple bogey.
1615: The projected cut is currently +3 - there are currently 68 players +3 or better. Couples is -7 thru four holes, another birdie for Villegas at the par-three 6th, he's one over now and still in the mix. That's Sandy thrashing about in the pine straw at 12... people getting upset by arrow graphics now, how did we get so angry?
Anon via text on 81111: "Why are there only UK and US arrows - are they the only two areas of the world the BBC care about? Absolutely typical Americanized media."
Anon via text on 81111: "The 12th on Hainault lower was in Henry Longhurst's top 100 best holes in the British Isles. I'd say, though, he did not wait with two groups wearing jeans and no tops in the balmy Essex weather last year."
1604: Poulter of England birdies the 2nd to climb to five under and two shots off leader Couples. Adam Scott of Australia bogeys the 1st, he's now -2. Here's Sandy at 11... he bends in a six-footer to stay seven over - out in 46 today...
1602: If you're that way inclined, you can pass the day reading this, checking it against the leaderboard, picking up on my mistakes and then complaining about it on the 606 messageboards. Which, seeing as I'm just writing this off the leaderboard, begs the question: why not just read the leaderboard? Mistakes, alas, will happen, I've been staring it three screens non-stop for the last three and a half hours.
1558: Wood's par putt squirts by the hole at 11, he's now eight over. Pars for three-time major winner Padraig Harrington at 1 and 2, he's +2, alongside Rory McIlroy (thru 5) and Sergio Garcia (thru 4).
1555: KJ Choi of Korea has bogeyed the 1st to drop back to -4, he's playing with Woods, no news of the world number one yet... strike that, he's somehow escaped with a par at the 1st... as I can only see the leaderboard, I have no idea how. Here's Chris Wood with a nice little pitch and run at 11, he'll have an eight-footer though for par... Villegas nicks a shot back at the par-four 5th, he's +2.
1549: Couples is holding it together, pars on the opening three holes. Our main man Miguel Angel Jimenez has parred the first two, he had a useful opening round of 72. Larry Mize on 'his' hole, where the magic happened in 1987, the 11th. Like everyone else before him, he comes up just short with his second.
1545: Soren Kjeldsen is of course from Denmark, not Sweden. Someone just got very irate about that on 606 - like Partridge in his static home: "STOP GETTING SCANDINAVIAN GOLFERS WRONG!" England's Ian Poulter is on course, he's parred the 1st to stay four under.
Dominic ex-Hornchurch, up North in Leeds, via text on 81111: "Thanks for the Hainault memories everyone. Then there was the occasional fight due to errant shots not having the requisite 'fore' shouted after them. I knew there was something missing from the courses up here in Leeds."
1540: Sandy hits the turn 10 over for his round. US Open champion Lucas Glover birdies 1 and 2 to get back to +2. Bogey-birdie start for Sergio Garcia, he remains +2. News reaches me that Woods has driven into a tree off the 1st, which beats driving into a fire hydrant coming out of your drive, I suppose.
1535: Dyson with a neat pitch to within a couple of feet at 12, and he taps in to stay +4 - still in with a chance of making the cut, there'll be some massive numbers today. Michael Campbell has missed 25 of his last 28 cuts, and it's not getting any better - double bogey at 11, he's 16 over overall. The Kiwi lobs his ball into the water, it's sad to see.
1533: Simon Dyson of Yorkshire, his second at the par-four 11th... he's plus four, and he comes up short, as do his playing partners. Pretty chilly at Augusta, only 55 fahrenheit, but it's sunny and set to heat up.
1528: Birdie at 2 for Boom Boom, daylight now between him and the field. Watney drops a shot at 6 to drop back to four under, Kjeldsen of Sweden picks up a shot at the dangerous 4th to move to three under. McIlroy's parred the first four and stays two over.
1522: Right, here's a little bonus for you, we have streaming of Amen Corner a bit earlier than expected - manually refresh this page and it will appear at the top of this site. Not much happening at the moment, unless you like bushes. What I like to do while I'm writing this is to have the TV on one ear phone and
on another - a spot of The Fall at the moment, Augusta chairman Billy Payne's favourite band...
1508: 'Boom Boom' Couples and his Comfortable Shoes (sounds like a suburban punk band) has parred the 1st to stay six under and atop the leaderboard. Fellow American Nick Watney, the darkest of dark horses, picks up a shot at the 5th and is now tied for second on five under... if you like that leaderboard, take a snap of it now, because based on the scoring so far, it ain't gonna look like that for long.
1458: Lyle nine over, another one gone at 7... Fisher eight over, bogey at 5... Simon Dyson is having a right old arm-wrestle with the course - double bogey at 1, four birdies, and then a bogey, the York man +4. If you look to your right, you will see that our man in Augusta is tweeting from the course (not when he's on it, he'd be shot). He just had breakfast with Rory McIlroy's mum. Ulster fry?
1455: Sandy Lyle really putting a consistent round together - two bogeys and three double bogeys in the first five holes. Eight over for his round and five over overall.
1452: Another shot gone for Fisher, it's looking more and more likely he won't be around this weekend, he's +7. He might want to start thinking about splitting a cab with Chris Wood - he's bogeyed the par-four 7th for the second day running and is also +7. Ben Curtis birdies the 2nd to get to level par.
Liam in Leicester via text on 81111: "My Nan used to go through the paper each morning and pick a horse for each race and would check the next day to see if she was right. Strange thing is she never ever put money on it. In a way I wish I was like her, I put 20 quid on Fisher."
1442: Rory McIlroy has parred the treacherous 1st - it's carnage on the opening hole. Shot dropped by Ryan Moore at the par-three 4th, while handsome Colombian Camilo Villegas has lost one at the 1st - he's back to +3.
Chris, Croydon, via text on 81111: "My mate, having forgotten his golf shoes (size 6), wore a spare pair of mine (size 11), over his pair of trainers. However, he did not play well, and walked in a strange manner."
Mark C, Student, Manchester via text on 81111: "I have just received my acceptance letter into uni. If Westwood romps home then my winnings will cover my first term of beans on toast."
1429: Soren Hansen of Denmark is another to bogey the 1st, that hole is proving an absolute brute. He nicks one back at the second. Ben Curtis, Open champion in 2003, pars the 1st to stay +1. What is it with old people and their singular betting obsessions? My nan, on my mother's side, would only bet on South African jockey Michael Roberts. Many was the time I was sent down the bookies to stick on 10 'bob' each way. The weird part was, when she was watching TV, she used to think horse racing was snooker. The moral of the story being, keep those minds active.
ShugMcaffarty on 606: "Talking of bad bets, my departed Granddad went through a spell in the '80s of betting on Seve and Norman in every major... a good bet until the Masters in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat them both in the play-off... ouch, that had to hurt!"
Glenn, Glasgow, via text on 81111: "Furyk is one of eight players I have money on, seven of whom had a cumulative first round score of +25. Save me Ian Poulter! You're my only hope!"
1418: Talk of the devil, Immelman's dropped a shot at the 1st, he's back to -2...
Declan, Co. Kildare, via text on 81111: "I have backed Trevor Immelman at 225/1 each way had him backed each way when he won a few years ago - hopefully lightning can strike in the same place!"
1412: Bogey at 2 for Ross Fisher, he's now six over. Double bogey-bogey-double bogey start for Lyle, Ryan Moore has added a birdie at 2 to his birdie at 1 to get to two under, four off leader Freddie Couples. McIlroy of Northern Ireland off in five...
1407: Aaah, the burger van on the 9th at Hainault - just what you need halfway through a round, it's 80 degrees and the suit trousers you've dug out are halfway up your jacksie, a dirty great Hawaiian burger and a cup of splosh. A lot of texts in bemoaning Jim Furyk's first-round 80. If you'd asked me beforehand I would have told you never to back Furyk again, not after I stuck fifty quid on him going into last year's final round of the Open - he carded a 76 and was one of only two men in the top 20 not to break par...
Simon, Essex, via text on 81111: "Further similarities between Augusta and Hainault are in the old boys playing in deck shoes and no socks! Oh, and don't forget the genius of a burger van on the 9th tee at Hainault!"
1356: Nick Watney of the United States has parred the 1st, he's very nicely placed on -4. The Sacramento man likes it round Augusta, he finished 19th last year and tied 11th the year before. Ryan Moore has bucked the trend on the 1st - birdie, he's one under overall.
1350: Simon Dyson has birdied 2 and 4 after double bogey at 1 to scramble back to +5. Sandy's kicked off with a pair of double bogeys - the dream is over for another year... Stephen (see below), what about Jamie Redknapp? He plays with his top off, on the beach, on a Thomas Cook holiday. Can you imagine Louise sat on the edge of her seat waiting to pause Teletext and snap up an all-inclusive to Fuengirola? Nope, neither can I...
Stephen in Aberdeen via text on 81111: "Couples and his deck shoes is nothing, I played the round of my life in a pair of brogues."
Sion, Cardiff, via text on 81111: "I've come out of betting retirement for the Masters. Let's hope Tiger's putting lets him down again today, I need a new pair of Ray Bans."
1341: Kevin Na of the United States is the latest man to card a six at the par-four 1st, the committee have obviously pulled a few tricks overnight. Chris Wood of England birdies 2 to get back to +6.
1337: Congratulations to the first person (don't worry, I won't name you, but you know who you are...) to bemoan the lack of BBC coverage so far - he even claimed that we were already on air by this time yesterday - we weren't, and we never have been. Augusta rules unfortunately - Amen Corner kicks off at 1545 BST, along with holes 15 and 16... take a look at some of Ken Brown's
pictures on his twitpic account
, a lovely one of Arnold and Alliss.
Rob in Wigan via text on 81111: "I think my bet's up there with the worst: I've got KJ Choi to miss the cut, he's currently tied second. Looking for a stinker today, KJ..."
1330: Can anyone explain to me how three pro golfers who hit the ball 300 yards off the tee, usually find the green in regulation, putt like demons, rarely lose a ball and haven't got four plumbers playing in front of them can take six hours to go round? Odd. The comeback is on! Michael Campbell has birdied the 2nd! Double bogey at 1 for Sandy, he's back to one under...
Pickles1 on 606: "Funny how everyone rules out Tiger and bigs up the Europeans yet hardly any of the Europeans are up there. Just wish Casey would stop saying he's going to win just before a major, he never backs it up - he's like your Audley Harrison of the golfing world."
1323: As David, Cumbernauld, has just pointed out (via text on 81111), whose bright idea was it to stick Ben Crane out first? A renowned slow player, Rory Sabbatini of South Africa once played out of turn when playing with Crane because the American was taking so long over his shot. Anyone ever played Hainault Golf Course in Essex on a bank holiday Saturday? Today at Augusta could be like that, except without all the black cabs in the car park and the greasy spoon next to the 1st tee.
1318: That's some pretty bad betting JC, well done for being the Muppet of the Day. Although, I may have to resign on Sunday if Couples wins: oh how we laughed in the office when one of the sub-editors announced he's stuck fifty quid on Couples - on the nose. "How much have you put on 'The Walrus'?" shouted one wag. It could be a sickener. Chris Wood has made par at the 1st...
JC via text on 81111: "Can I possibly make a challenge for the worst three bets of the Masters? Jim 'apparently consistent' Furyk on +8, Ross Fisher +5 and Vijay 'worst putter of all time' Singh. All to most likely miss the cut. Have put a bet on Angel Cabrera each way, so expect him to shoot 80."
Tom in Cardiff via text on 81111: "I remember watching 'Boom Boom' win the Masters all those years ago when in the final round his ball miraculously stayed above water on the 12th! A bit more luck like that and it could be Green Jacket number two for the coolest man in golf come."
1312: Simon Dyson of York has got off to a shocker - double bogey at the 1st, he's now seven over. It's not getting any better for Michael Campbell either, bogey at 1, he's now +12...
1308: To find out when your bet's going out today, take a look at the
tee times on our website
. Bristol's Chris Wood, who had a six-over 78 yesterday, has just gone off.
1253: A reminder that we will be streaming coverage of Amen Corner from 1545 BST, plus holes 15 and 16. I've been asked to explain what Amen Corner consists of - it's the second shot at the 11th (unless you've made a right old balls up off the tee), all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th.
has some stuff on the origin of the name - but do make sure to double check your facts...
1245: The first trio are off in about five minutes - American Ben Crane (-1), England's Simon Dyson (+5) and former US Open champ Michael Campbell of New Zealand (+11), the man who is propping up the entire field. Sadly, it's a position he's grown accustomed to...
WalshK on 606: "Great stuff from 'Boom Boom', although it can hardly be called a shock when you consider his form the last couple of weeks. He knows Augusta like the back of his hand, he made the cut 23 years running (a record) so I'm hoping he'll be a serious threat come this Sunday. C'Mon Freddie!"
1240: Hello again. Well that wasn't a bad first day, it had just about everything you'd want from the first round of the first major of the season: old boys rolling back the years, teenagers tearing it up, a couple of Brits in the hunt, a few big-hitters blowing up, a star-studded leaderboard - and a wounded Tiger lurking. If you don't follow what's happening today then frankly you're a ruddy idiot.
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