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Friday at the Masters: Weather, Tiger, and a Three-Way Fight

It's a three-way tie at the top of the Masters leaderboard after two rounds, and it's the same three players who were at the top after the conclusion of the first round on Friday morning: World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau, and Max Homa, he of one previous top-10 finish in a major. Homa posted a 71 early in Friday's play before the weather got to its worst, and DeChambeau and Scheffler, who were both in the later wave, ground out a 73 and 72, respectively.

The course played much tougher on Friday than it had on Thursday, as only eight players shot under par for their second round, and only one, Ludvig Aberg, shot a round in the 60s. Other players charging up the leaderboard on Friday were Collin Morikawa (70), Sepp Straka (71), and Patrick Reed (70), all of whom were at par or better.

One of the feel-good stories of the first round was Danny Willett, the 2016 Champion, as he fired a four-under 68 in his first competitive round since September. On Friday, Willett remained on the front page of the leaderboard for most of the day, hovering around even-par for most of his round before a triple-bogey seven on Hole 18 relegated him to one-under for the tournament; despite faltering on the last, he is still very much in contention.

Tiger Woods found himself as one of the major storylines all day, as he came into the tournament tied with Fred Couples and Gary Player for the most consecutive cuts made at the Masters with 23, and, despite an up-and-down round, Woods finished at one-over to make his 24th consecutive cut in the tournament.

The cut wavered between four and five over par all day and ended up at six over. Among the big names who missed the cut were 2020 Champion Dustin Johnson, 2015 Champion Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark, Nick Dunlap, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, and Viktor Hovland.

Going into Saturday, the chasing pack is led by Nicolai Hojgaard, a Masters rookie who is four under par. Hojgaard actually got to six under late in the second round, but he bogeyed both of the last two holes to finish with a 73.

Morikawa and Cameron Davis are both at three-under heading into Saturday, and Aberg is one stroke further back at two-under. Seven players, including Willett, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, and Cameron Smith, are at one-under heading into the weekend, and seven other players head into the third round at even-par.

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