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"I just haven't gotten it done". "By the end of the week, this will be a pretty packed leaderboard the way the golf course is set up".

Jones believed Augusta National's 13th hole should present a dilemma to players on their second shot. "It's a major. You're going to have to take some chances at some point during the week if you want to win, and that was a time where I thought I had to take a chance. I missed it, and now I'm glad to be a part of it".

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tiger Woods chuckled at the idea that it might be considered a good sign that he will move into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in more than three years.

"It's a little disappointing, because I've been playing so well this year", said the American, who ended a winless drought dating back to 2013 by capturing his third WGC championship in Mexico last month.

"I'm not hitting it close enough".

First-round leader Jordan Spieth shared the clubhouse lead with Rory McIlroy midway through day two at the Masters.

Were it to be stretched, McIlroy said, "honestly it would probably play into the longer hitters' hands. The wind swirls in these big tall trees".

Dustin Johnson has sneaked up on the rails, and was our man James Corrigan's tip at the start of the week, and has the length to over power Augusta's four par fives. Justin Thomas matched Johnson's minus three. Play has not been stopped though the forecast calls for steady showers all day.

The highlight of the third round will be making an eagle at the par-5 eighth.

KEY STATISTIC: Reed has rounds of 69-66-67. "I've been doing that the first two days, and it's allowing me to kind of attack this golf course and not make a lot of mistakes". "I'm keeping myself in areas where even if I miss greens I can get up and down". Woods hit a poor wedge off the side of the green, followed by a poor chip shot and took bogey. He had dropped back to an aggregate of two under at the 12th before producing birdies at the 13th and 14th; a 27ft putt sealed the latter.

"I meant to hook it 30 yards, and I put 40 yards of hook on it", Leishman said with a smile. I feel like I'm driving it better than I have all year, but I am not capitalizing on it.

Any hope of a super-low round Saturday faded quickly as Woods opened with back-to-back bogeys.

So? There are six golfers within six shots of Patrick Reed's halfway lead of 9 under par. Cast your mind back to the Open Championship last July and you may remember Leishman contending for the Claret Jug; he would eventually finish in a tie for sixth, just two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Eva, who the couple call their "miracle baby".

By virtue of having just made the cut, Mickelson had to tee off early in the thick of the brutal Saturday morning weather that many were fearing. Willett also missed the cut previous year.

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