April 13, 2013

Masters' second-round story: Tiger and the teen

Tiger Woods is three behind following a round hurt by bad luck, and Guan Tianlang reaches the weekend.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The 14-year-old from China isn't going anywhere in a hurry. And this Masters is still a long way from taking shape.

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Tiger Woods chips to the 12th green Friday during the second round of the Masters. Woods shot a 71 and will enter the weekend three shots behind the tournament leader, Jason Day of Australia.

The Associated Press

LEADERBOARD

Jason Day 70-68-138

Fred Couples 68-71-139

Mark Leishman 66-73-139

Angel Cabrera 71-69-140

Jim Furyk 69-71-140

Brandt Snedeker 70-70-140

Other notables

Justin Rose 70-71-141

Adam Scott 69-72-141

Lee Westwood 70-71-141

Tiger Woods 70-71-141

Sergio Garcia 66-76-142

Rory McIlroy 72-70-142

Luke Donald 71-72-143

Dustin Johnson 67-76-143

Matt Kuchar 68-75-143

Phil Mickelson 71-76-147

a-Guan Tianlang 73-75-148

Bubba Watson 75-73-148

Missed cut

Graeme McDowell 73-76-149

Louis Oosthuizen 74-76-150

Padraig Harrington 78-75-153

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Despite being the first player at Augusta National to get hit with a one-shot penalty for slow play, teen sensation Guan Tianlang still made history Friday as the youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

And it came down to the last shot of a wild and windy day.

Jason Day could have sent the kid home early with a birdie from just off the front of the green on the 18th hole. But the Australian was wide left and tapped in for par, giving him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead over fellow Aussie Marc Leishman and the ageless Fred Couples.

The par meant that Guan, who had one shot added to his score on the 17th hole for his second bad time of the round, made the cut under the 10-shot rule.

"If I can make it, I would be really happy for it," Guan said some five hours earlier. "But if I didn't make it, it's still a great week."

He's now part of what should be a weekend at Augusta.

Day was at 6-under 138, and 18 players were within four shots of the lead, including Tiger Woods.

Woods moved into a share of the lead with a two-putt birdie on the eighth hole, and his game looked to be as sharp as ever -- perhaps too sharp. Right when it looked like he might take the outright lead, Woods hit a lob wedge that was so perfect it hit the flag on the par-5 15th and caromed backward off the green and into the water. Instead of having a short birdie putt, he had to scramble to save bogey.

Woods posed over another shot on the 18th and was stunned to see it hop onto the upper shelf, leading to his second three-putt bogey of the week. He had to settle for a 71, though he was still only three shots out.

"My score doesn't indicate how well I played today," Woods said.

Day, a runner-up at the Masters two years ago, can be one of the most exciting players in golf when his game is on, and he was firing at flags from everywhere Friday. Even from the pine straw under the trees on the dangerous 11th, he took dead aim at the pin and set up a rare birdie to join the leaders.

His only blunder was hitting into the water short of the 12th, though he still managed to escape with bogey, and then he fired a 4-wood low enough to stay below the trees and avoid the wind on the 13th, setting up a two-putt birdie.

He was cognizant of the guys behind him -- Woods included -- though just as much pressure comes from trying to be the first Australian in a green jacket.

"The moment I start worrying about other players is the moment I start losing focus on what I need to do, and when I do that I'll start making bogeys," Day said. "It's obviously great to have the lead. I'm very excited for the challenge over the next two days. It really is exciting to have the opportunity to win the Masters. I'm very, very happy where I am right now."

Couples, 53, who shared the 36-hole lead last year, birdied the 18th hole for a 71 and will play in the final group.

"I did tee off Thursday with the idea of playing well and now it's Friday afternoon late. I'm surprised but I'm not going to freak out over it," Couples said.

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