Masters: Phil Mickelson trolls Matt Kuchar over caddie pay controversy

Fans walk along the ninth hole

Fans walk along the ninth hole

"It was fun", Woods said after the round, before saying he was confident on how he was striking the ball ahead of the weekend.

Earlier, Day fired a five-under-par 67 and the former world No.1 was joined in the lead by British Open victor Francesco Molinari (67), Brooks Koepka (71) and Louis Oosthuzien (66).

And then the three-time Masters champion moves on to talk about how he's looking forward to playing with his good friend, Kuchar. "All of a sudden I'm here at the Masters".

They will be followed by South African British Open victor Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson, who ended the second round at six under alongside Woods.

Five golfers are tied for the lead at 7-under, while Tiger Woods is one shot back after two rounds.

What followed was vintage Woods and brought back chilling roars harkening to his 1997 "Tigermania" first major win.

He made the only birdie on No. 11 all day, and hit his tee shot on the unsafe par-3 12th to 5 feet when the horn sounded.

After an ordinary outward nine featuring three birdies offset by a pair of bogeys, Woods embarked on one of his trademark charges, carding three birdies after the turn to shoot up the leaderboard.

That's when a security guard, trying to shield him from the giddy fans lined up in the pine straw watching, slid in the wet grass and almost knocked Woods to the ground.

"It is what it is", Woods said. "Accidents happen, and we move on".

His five putts made from beyond 20 feet over two days are two more than any rival.

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After a delay of around 30 minutes play was able to resume and Woods missed the birdie attempt, but did pick up a shot on the 14th in extraordinary circumstances a few minutes later.

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

Mickelson, donning his signature all black attire, said he's "hitting bombs" and went on to explain why in a Twitter video of himself while driving to Augusta National. "Just got to keep battling and see where I leave myself tomorrow afternoon".

Woods limped away grimacing in pain but there appeared to be no lasting damage and after holing from 15 feet, the 43-year-old also converted from twice the distance on the par-five 15th. "I'm in a good spot to kind of run with them".

Koepka, the U.S. Open and PGA champion, began with a birdie to quickly take the lead, only to hit out of the pine straw, off a tree and into the creek to make double bogey on the par-5 second hole.

"I was moping a little bit in the bath, and Ellie said, "It's the Masters, you need to suck it up"."

Canada's Corey Conners hits his approach to the fifth green in Friday's second round of the Masters.

USA left-hander Phil Mickelson, who at 48 would become the oldest major champion in golf history with a win, shot 73 in his 100th career Masters round to stand three off the lead.

Oosthuizen posted the second-lowest number in round two - his 66 improving on the scores of Molinari and Day by one. Former victor Trevol Immelman finished at two over while Branden Grace was at three over for the day. Sergio Garcia also missed the weekend.

Another former victor, Chrarl Schwartzel, did not make the cut while amateur Jovan Rebula, Ernie Els' nephew, also missed the cut.

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