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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Lee Westwood made 10 straight pars to hold onto his lead at the Masters on Friday, though a big group of familiar names was beginning to crowd him near the top of the leaderboard.
During a blustery second round at Augusta National, Peter Hanson made three straight birdies to tie Westwood at 5-under par, while Rory McIlroy made three birdies and Sergio Garcia made four to creep into a tie with Ben Crane for third, one shot behind the leaders.
Oh, and speaking of familiar names: 52-year-old Fred Couples birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 3-under par on this, the 20th anniversary of his crowd-pleasing win at Augusta.
The players were greeted by cloudy, windy weather more reminiscent of the British Open than the Masters. As morning turned to afternoon, however, the wind died down a bit and the sun started peeking out. Sweater weather, for sure, but a pretty nice day to take a walk around the grounds.
“I don’t think anybody’s really going to run away with it today,” said Sean O’Hair, after an early morning round of 70 left him at 1 over. “I think a good score is going to be 1-, 2-under par.”