Patrick Reed takes 36-hole lead at Masters


Shubhankar Sharma was facing a tough challenge to make the cut as he was two-over through the front nine in the second round of the Masters at Augusta National in Augusta.

Golf, like all sports, belongs to the youth. At 4 over par, he will play the weekend. Another shot behind is Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. Tuesday, an alliance with former adversary Phil Mickelson. "I need to do a better job of it tomorrow. They're here to replace us".

The poor round left Woods, competing in his first major since 2015, just one shot above the cut-line but a distant 13 shots back of world number 24 Reed, who is hoping to pen a comeback of his own after missing the cut previous year. I'm constantly having a conversation with myself about staying in the present and just one shot at a time and all the cliche stuff that you hear about. I don't feel like I'm going out trying to get those two shots or whatever back (Friday) morning.

Update: Marc Leishman and Vijay Singh are now tied in the Masters leaderboard with a score of 3-under-par.

Six of them are under 30.

Henrik Stenson (70) was four shots behind.

The 58-year-old Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, really struggled at the start of Amen Corner.

Garcia nightmare Spain's Sergio Garcia endured a nightmare start in his bid to join Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to successfully defend the Masters crown.

And when quizzed about his chances of a fifth green jacket, Woods thinks he will need to do something spectacular.

No. 10: Tiger's drive is a little bit right and just into the second cut. He is now 2 over after shooting a 76 in the opening round.

The bravado was all gone. I didn't control my distance, my shape, spins. "So if I get off to a quick start and get it rolling, get some momentum going. which I haven't had so far". Five major champions were right behind.

Still, Woods was mostly pleased with how he's played in his first major since the 2015 PGA Championship.

Woods wasn't almost as dialed in. If he can get off to a good start, the weekend will be fun for Rory.

But after an encouraging return to competition this year that included a trio of top-12 finishes in three of the five tournaments he played, Woods arrived at Augusta National as one of the favourites. Woods had to play down and walked off with a par.

Things began ominously for Woods, 42, when he missed the green from 94 yards after a ideal drive at the first hole, leading to a bogey.

He slipped precariously close to the cut line again when a bogey at the short 16th dropped him to four over par - with the survival mark predicted to be five over.

McIlroy was more than pretty good in 2011 when he led after each of the first three rounds and carried a four-stroke lead into the final round. "With the way the back nine was playing today, the wheels could have come off there". "We were anticipating getting it back to even par, just fighting out way back to even par, " he said."I didn't play either par-5 well". "Forget playing at the [PGA] Tour level".

An opening 73 left him seven adrift, but adoring fans cheered him and stood 10 deep to catch a glimpse of the 14-time major champion, new crowds enjoying a "Tigermania" opportunity some thought might never come again. It's something I've done virtually my whole life.

Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press.