Prowling Tiger produces roars at Augusta as leaderboard a logjam of stars

Rory Mc Ilroy blotted his card with six bogeys on day one

Woods, who finished the first round four shots back of the co-leaders, had plenty of work to do by the time he teed off in the penultimate group on Friday as several players from the early groups had already moved up the leaderboard.

After two early birdies and a bogey, Woods missed an eight-foot par putt at the par-5 eighth hole and seemed destined for an unspectacular round.

Who will bring home the green jacket? "I'm like, 'It's 10 off the lead and 60 right?' He goes, 'No, it's 50.' And I'm like, 'Well, good thing I probably didn't know that"'.

Day defied crippling back pain to be in contention after the first round - somehow posting a 2-under par 70 to finish day one just four shots from the lead despite aggravating his chronic back injury and needing medical treatment just five shots in.

"I felt like the first round was kind of where I was on the weekend last week and then I thought today was a bit better, " Spieth said.

With the crowd closing in on Woods after hitting his shot, the security guards rushed in to prevent the American from being crowded out.

"It is what it is", Woods said.

He didn't show any trouble the rest of the way, and didn't find much interest in talking about it after his round except to say "accidents happen" and "it's all good".

"It was just one of those weeks, just not quite had it", McIlroy said after an erratic round containing an eagle, four birdies and five bogeys.

Spieth, who has struggled for much of the previous year and has no finishes better than 30th in 2019, rallied with a 68 during the second round to get to 1 under par for the tournament.

Scott returned from a 40-minute weather delay and fired a 231-yard second shot into the par-5 15th hole.

It worked wonders as he appeared to be in considerably less pain while putting together a round that was almost flawless, although Day said his wife Ellie deserved just as much credit for his remarkable recovery.

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th. Woods then stuck his tee shot on the par-3 12th before horns sounded to halt play due to inclement weather.

A more aggressive approach looked set to pay dividends as McIlroy hit his drive to the edge of the green on the short third, but after a poor chip the four-time major victor lipped out for birdie. He still was within four shots, along with Justin Thomas, who had a 68.

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