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What to Expect in Round 2

• The anticipation for the return of a healthy Tiger Woods to Augusta fizzled a little when he shot a pedestrian 1-over-par 73, seven strokes off the lead. Woods is not completely out of it — bookmakers are calling him a 50-1 shot now. And he did play better the second half of his round: “I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back,” Woods said. But he will have to sink some putts today to have a chance of contending on the weekend.

• Looking dangerous in a crowd of golfers tied for fourth at 3-under is McIlroy, who has four major wins but none since 2014 and none at Augusta. McIlroy is judged by bettors to be the second favorite in the tournament at this point, at 5-1, behind Spieth at 2-1. No one else is shorter than 17-1.

• Key tee times on Friday (Eastern):

9:36: Tony Finau.

10:31: Matt Kuchar.

10:42: Rory McIlroy.

10:53: Jordan Spieth.

1:27: Tiger Woods.

• On Thursday, Spieth had seven birdies and an eagle in a 6-under 66. Spieth looked liked the second coming of Woods when, in 2015, he won the Masters and U.S. Open back-to-back at age 21. He added a British Open last year, but has not won on Tour since then. He attributed his troubles to putting, but sank putts almost at will on Thursday. He’ll be tough to catch.

• At the wrong end of the scoreboard was the amateur Harry Ellis, who shot an 86, five strokes worse than anyone else in the field. A student at Florida State, Ellis won the British Amateur to earn his spot. “Today I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie,” he told reporters.

• It was a wild 24 hours for Finau at his first Masters. He dislocated his ankle while, of all things, celebrating a hole in one in Wednesday’s par-3 contest. He responded by reaching down and popping the ankle back into place. Finau decided to play on Thursday and went out and shot a 68, good for a tie for second place with Kuchar. “It’s nothing short of a miracle, if you ask me,” he said.

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Source : NYtimes