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The Masters: The latest news on Day 2 at Augusta

 World No 1 Tiger Woods is menacingly placed near the top of the leaderboard as the second round at Augusta draws to a close
by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

The Independent's coverage of day two of the Masters reaches its conclusion with an Australian - Jason Day -  atop the leaderboard but, of more significance, Tiger Woods lies just three shots back and has shown more than occasional flashes of his distinctive brilliance.

From a British perspective, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and David Lynn lead the charge. They are all at -3 alongside Woods with Rory McIlroy just a shot further back. Luke Donald's game lacked a cork-pop of fizz as he tidied up his frequent errors to end on -1.

Elsewhere, Argentinian Angel Cabrera provided thrills and spills as he invented five birdies over his final six holes to end the second day on -4. Cabrera is a relative whippersnapper being, as he is, just in his forties, when compared to Bernhard Langer (-2) and Fred Couples (-5), who both have the experience to win round Augusta.

We also saw controversy and history all wrapped up within the mysterious gifts of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang. The Chinese teenager was penalised one stroke for slow play after ignoring earlier warnings. Luckily, for him and the Augusta officials, he became the youngest player in history to make the cut at the Masters - by the skin of his teeth.

You can check on the latest leaderboard by clicking here. Here is a snapshot of day two:
  • Aussie Jason Day has out-right lead on -6
  • Freddie Couples & Marc Leishman share second on -5
  • World No 1 Tiger Woods just three shots off the pace
  • Overnight leader Sergio Garcia shoots a 76
  • Justin Rose & Lee Westwood well placed on -3
  • Rory McIlroy back in contention on -2
  • 14-year-old Guan Tianlang finishes on +4
  • Ian Poulter, Jamie Donaldson and Matteo Manassero miss cut

You were in the company of me, Matthew Fearon, tune in tomorrow for more extensive coverage of the year's first major.
  • Unusually, Joey Barton has plenty to say for himself...
    Think Tiger wins but The Tank will take him all the way... #AllezKJ #TheMasters Joseph Barton via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    @TheStumann yeah but penalise them all not just the kid. First player in 18 years at a major to be docked a shot for slow play. Joseph Barton via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Out of my EW tips before the tournament. Cabrera/Choi/Yang/Poulter all it 25/1+. Two are in with a shout! #notbad Joseph Barton via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/12/2013 9:18:08 PM
  • Can anyone help? Is that Greg Norman following John Senden? I notice that Senden is wearing Norman's Great White Shark gear. *cue soundtrack*
    4/12/2013 9:21:22 PM
  • DEFENDING CHAMPION UPDATE: Bubba Watson birdies the 12th to move back to +5. As things stand that's just about good enough to squeeze into the weekend but nowhere near good enough to challenge Tiger.
    4/12/2013 9:24:35 PM
  • Tiger holds the sort of putt at 12 that will put the fear of god into his competitors. Par saved. On he marches still tied for the lead.
    4/12/2013 9:37:23 PM
  • LEADERBOARD UPDATE: And just as Tiger holds at 12, Aussie Jason Day drops in his second straight birdie to move to -5 and into a four-way tie for the lead.
    4/12/2013 9:38:33 PM
  • Westy in with a birdie to close within 2 of lead on -3 #masters

  •  Lee Westwood picked up two shots over the final five holes to end the day on -3, just two shots off the lead
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    4/12/2013 9:44:02 PM
  • BRITWATCH: Justin Rose emulates Westwood's birdie at the last to also close off his 36 holes on -3. Both Englishmen well placed going into the weekend.
    4/12/2013 9:46:39 PM
  • PROJECTED CUT UPDATE: Right now there are a fair few players on +5, including Welshman Jamie Donaldson and 19-year-old Matteo Manassero, praying that we see no more birdies out there on the course, such is the 10-shot rule.
    4/12/2013 9:52:09 PM
  • Half a bad putt does not go in at Augusta
    It is never less than illuminating listening to Justin Rose talk about golf
    . I went round Slaley Hall in Northumbria with Justin and his late father over a decade ago and it is a pleasure to watch the progression of his game.

    4/12/2013 10:02:30 PM
  • Marc Leishman concludes his second round with a par to join Freddie Couples as the clubhouse leader on -5. Tiger is still out there on the same score but the world No 1 still has five holes, including two par-5s, to stretch the field.
    4/12/2013 10:06:27 PM

  •  The 24-year-old Rickie Fowler has the game to match his day-glo outfit. The self-taught livewire is just three off the lead with five second-holes to play
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    4/12/2013 10:23:13 PM
  • MORE PROJECTED CUT UPDATES: One more birdie from either Tiger or Jason Day means all those on +5 are slipping into there travelling chinos and heading homewards on their private jets. I, for one, hope we see another birdie; +5 doesn't deserve to play the weekend at Augusta.
    4/12/2013 10:33:06 PM
  • WOODS MAKES A SPLASH: Tiger's approach at the 15th hits the flag and ricochets into the water. Desperately unlucky and means the best the world No 1 can hope for is a bogey. All those on +5 can, temporarily, rise from their knees. For now...
    4/12/2013 10:35:17 PM
  • TIGER UPDATE: He takes a bogey at the 15th. Without doubt the finest bogey of the week and probably the most vital recovery we'll see all week.
    4/12/2013 10:41:06 PM
  • This has not been the back nine that we expected of Woods, nonetheless it has been vacuum-packed with some gems distinctive to Woods' exquisite game. Another par here at the 16th would be another great save.
    4/12/2013 10:50:07 PM
  • And par it is for Tiger. Two splendiferous up-and-downs from the world No 1. It's par too for playing partner Luke Donald, who is pacing himself well.
    4/12/2013 10:51:58 PM
  • PROJECTED CUT UPDATE: There it is! Jason Day nails his birdie putt at the 16th and all those on +5 are now crying into their Himalayan sparkling waters. +4 now the likely cut...
    4/12/2013 11:02:42 PM
  • It's now the turn of those on +4 to start sweating. One man not doing any sweating is Gary Lineker, unless copious tweets induce thumb sweats...

    Scarily bad luck for Tiger. That has put the biggest of cats amongst the pigeons! Gary Lineker via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Had a few bob on @WestwoodLee and @McIlroyRory to win. Heart and head! #Masters Gary Lineker via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    Guan Tianlang given a one shot penalty. Very harsh on the 14 year old. Couldn't they have given him detention instead? #Masters Gary Lineker via Twitter at undefined NaN, 0NaN at NaN:aN PM

    4/12/2013 11:05:08 PM
  • BRITWATCH: Ian Poulter bogeys the last to follow up his first-round 76 with an equally disappointing 75. He finishes at least three off the cut.
    4/12/2013 11:12:54 PM
  • CUT UPDATE: Another Jason Day birdie - don't write that off - could spell the end for 14-year-old Guan Tianlang and defending champion Bubba Watson. Voodoo dolls at the ready.
    4/12/2013 11:14:29 PM
  • TIGER UPDATE: The world No 1 drops a shot at the last after a trying - if occasionally spectacular - back nine. Woods (-6) now lies three shots off the leader Jason Day (-6).
    4/12/2013 11:25:34 PM
  •  Out of the shadows: Australian Jason Day shot an authoritative 68 to launch a late assault on Augusta and take a one-stroke lead into the third round of the Masters
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM

     Sheltered from the storm: Freddie Couple braved the worst of the early weather and then made hay while the sun shone. The 53-year-old lies just one shot of the lead
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM
     If the cap fits: Angel Cabrera provided the best of the day's entertainment as he lived up to his reputation as the man for all majors. Five birdies in his last six holes mean the Argentinian cannot be ignored
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

     Rolling back the years: Sandy Lyle, looking every inch the Scotsman, conjured up memories of his Masters win from 1988 with a performance of no little guile that will see him return for the final two rounds
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

     Drive all night: There is nothing wrong with Rory McIlroy's long game as he proved over the last two days. During his second round he showed off his improved short game and now sits just four shots adrift
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

     Shared vision: Bernhard Langer and his caddy Terry Holt assess the German's next move on his way to a 36-hole -2
    by Matthew Fearonon Apr 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    4/13/2013 12:15:55 AM
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