Patrick Reed Lets Putter Do the Work in Grabbing Second Round Lead at Augusta

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Patrick Reed is halfway home to his first major championship.

Reed shot a 6-under 66 in the second round Friday, moving to 9 under for the tournament and giving him a two-shot lead over Marc Leishman heading into the third round. Reed and Leishman will be the final pairing Saturday, with the weather forecast calling for steady rain throughout the day. Both Reed and Leishman are seeking their first major title.

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The 27-year-old Texan says “I just kept myself out of trouble and let my putter do the work.”

Reed grabbed the lead thanks mostly to becoming the only player in the field to birdie all eight par 5s in the first two rounds. He also putted just 51 times through 36 holes.

Reed became the first to reach double digits under par this year – albeit it a brief stay. Reed made three consecutive birdies on the back nine before making a bogey at the par-3 16th and slipping a bit.

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Tiger Woods is going to make the cut at his first Masters in three years.

Woods shot a three-over 75 in the second round and was 4 over heading into the weekend. The 75 matched his second-worst score at the Masters.

Woods struggled with distance control Friday in difficult conditions and lamented a number of close misses on greens.

Woods says, “I didn’t hit my irons very good at all. So many beautiful putts but nothing went in today. Didn’t control distances, shapes or anything.”

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

He says, “six months ago, I didn’t know if I was going to play again. It’s incredible. Just so thankful have this opportunity to be able to play golf again.”

Woods says he needs a “special weekend” and some help to get back in contention.

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