Tiger Woods makes a Masters logjam look even larger

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

The Queenslander, who received medical treatment on course beside the second hole on Thursday, came out firing on Friday with a round of 5-under par, rocketing him to seven under.

Reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, last year's British Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott and South African Louis Oosthuizen all shared the midway lead.

Woods entered the round four shots off the pace and took some time before building any momentum.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (both even par) rounded out the Australian contingent at the April major.

As rain fell at Augusta National on the closing stages of day two, Woods played his second shot at the 14th from the pine straw to the left of the fairway.

Woods was forced to lay up on the par-5 15th and gave himself a lengthy look at birdie.

He knocked in the eagle putt to move to eight-under par. The 48-year-old lefty is four-under for the tournament, three strokes back of the leaders at -7.

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Scott, who has never led at Augusta despite winning the green jacket in 2013, was happy with his round. "I think it's going to be an incredible weekend no matter what happens now".

He's had back and knee surgeries, he's lost entire years to injury, and it's not out of the realm of imagination that the guard could have undone all the work that Woods put in to get back to this level.

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.

"Didn't exactly feel comfortable so it was nice to get one at 18 to finish it", he said.

"That's what I'm going to do today - hit bombs!".

Woods had just recorded the first birdie of the day on the daunting 11th hole and fired a superb tee shot to five feet on the 12th when the siren sounded to suspend play due to the threat of lightning at Augusta National. Despite missing two birdie chances inside 8 feet on the back nine, he holed consecutive 30-foot birdie putts for a 4-under 68.

Tiger Woods ran into the long leg of the law and escaped with a most unlikely birdie.

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