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"The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount", said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

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Then there's the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament victor Tiger Woods.

Woods shot a 68 and has plenty of big-name company among the leaders, including 48-year-old Phil Mickelson, who didn't have his best round with a 73 on Friday, but is still just three shots off the lead. All these questions will be answered in the coming days.

Due to the threat of afternoon thunderstorms, the Augusta National officials took the rare step of bringing forward Sunday's tee times and ultilising a two-tee start for the first time since 2005, with the players going out in threeballs and the final group starting at 2:20pm (BST).

But it almost all came undone on the 14th after he found himself deep in the pine trees following a wild drive off the tee.

That birdie took Woods to six-under, within range of Australia's clubhouse leaders Adam Scott and Jason Day, who are alongside British Open victor Francesco Molinari, three-time major victor Brooks Koepka and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, at seven-under par.

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th.

Woods hopped out of the way, winced and repeatedly flexed his ankle, and then poured in another putt.

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"Accidents happen, we move on", Woods said of the incident, confirming he suffered no major damage from the guard's boot.

"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", said Woods, who is seeking his first major victory since 2008.

One hole earlier, a pinpoint chip to set up birdie had drawn with one shot.

Woods went on to birdie the 14th and 15th to send familiar roars through the Georgia pines and could very well have grabbed the outright lead but sent an eight-foot birdie putt at 17 just past the hole and left a 14-footer at 18 just short.

Justin Hading, who surged to the top of the leaderboard for much of Round 1, was still in the hunt at six-under par.

"The last two major championships I've been right there", Woods said.

As for Rory McIlroy, the career Grand Slam might need to wait another year.

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.


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