Tiger Woods shrugs off injury scare to sit one off the lead

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy

But their feats were all eclipsed by Woods, who signaled he would be a threat to capture his first major title since the 2008 US Open and first Masters title since 2005 - astonishing after years of knee and back injuries that made him doubt if he would ever play competitively again.

Earlier, Day fired a five-under-par 67 and the former world No.1 was joined in the lead by British Open victor Francesco Molinari (67), Brooks Koepka (71) and Louis Oosthuzien (66).

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jordan Spieth is not used to worrying about the 36-hole cut at the Masters, so it makes sense that he had no idea when he teed off Friday for the second round how many players qualify for the weekend.

Oosthuizen posted the second-lowest number in round two - his 66 improving on the scores of Molinari and Day by one.

After an ordinary outward nine featuring three birdies offset by a pair of bogeys, Woods embarked on one of his trademark charges, carding three birdies after the turn to shoot up the leaderboard.

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Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari are two shots behind Finau.

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Woods hopped out of the way, winced and repeatedly flexed his ankle, and then poured in another putt.

American Patrick Cantlay had set the clubhouse target on six under after a brilliant 64, just one shot outside the course record, while compatriot Tony Finau followed four birdies in the first six holes with a tap-in eagle on the eighth to vault into the lead.

Woods, who finished the first round four shots back of the co-leaders, had plenty of work to do by the time he teed off in the penultimate group on Friday as several players from the early groups had already moved up the leaderboard.

Any other time, a hobbled Day might have might have been the story after getting up off the deck to shoot five-under 67. The Italian played a bogey-free round, finishing with a 67.

In five previous Masters appearances, Spieth has never been worse than 10th through two rounds.

"Look, tomorrow is a very important day because there's no doubt someone in the top 15, or a few of them, are going to play very well", Scott said.

A bold tee shot at the 16th resulted in his sixth birdie of the day, and he parred in to stay in a share of second which ensured him his place in Sunday's final threesome with Molinari and his Ryder Cup team-mate Finau.

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