Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland who is the youngest player ever to lead after the first round of The Masters Golf Tournament, has continued his aggressive play today in the second round while pulling out to a three shot lead. He ended the day at 10 under.
Tiger Woods has made a huge charge on the back nine and has eight birdies and three bogeys for the day. He stands at 6 under through 15 holes. Great iron shots and a steady putter have put Tiger in contention as he is tied for fourth place with three holes still to play. Most of the other contenders are in the clubhouse. Check back later for an update.
UPDATE- Tiger Woods birdied the 18th hole and ends his second round of play at 7 under, tied for third and three shots behind McIlroy. Woods hit his approach shot on the 18th hole from the second cut of rough and had to slice the shot to the green to avoid a tree, it was vintage Tiger as he landed the ball 10 feet from the cup and rolled it in for his birdie. He picked up seven shots on his last 11 holes.
UPDATE- At the end of the second round of play Friday, The Masters leader board stands:
-10 Rory McIlroy
-8 Jason Day
-7 Tiger Woods
-7 K.J. Choi
-6 Geoff Olgilvy
-6 Alvaro Quiros
-5 Lee Westwood
Jason Day scorched the Augusta course with eight birdies and is in second place at 8 under. He started the day even.
McIlroy came into the second round tied for the lead with Alvaro Quiros, at 7 under. Quiros finished his second round with a 1 over 73 and stands at 6 under and tied for fourth with Ben Ogilvy, who shot 3 under today.
K.J. Choi shot a 2 under and is at 7 under for the tournament and is in third place along with Woods.
McIlroy got off to a hot start with birdies at holes two, five and nine to get to 10 under. On Amen Corner he demonstrated his aggressive play by following up a bogey on the par-three eighth with a long drive and a very aggressive second shot to land on the green of the par-5 13th. His eagle put was just off yet he easily birdied the whole to get back to 10 under and parred the last six holes to finish at 10 under.
There are 18 (at post time) players between 7 under and 3 under, including Y.E. Yang (-5), Fred Couples (-5), Luke Donald (-4), Jim Furyk (-4) David Toms (-3), Sergio Garcia (-3), and Lee Westwood (-5) among others. Should McIlroy fall back to the pack there would be a tight cluster of experienced players heading into the weekend when hole placements get difficult, greens get tricky and nerves get worn.
Phil Mickelson shot par for the day to remain at 2 under, currently eight shots off the lead.