Sergio Garcia shook off a confusing scoring conundrum Friday to shoot a 3-under 69andtie the Masters lead midway through the second round.
For a while, it appeared Garcia had made a triple-bogey on the par-4 10 hole, but the Masters announced it was the result of a scoring mistake and Garcia had in fact made a bogey.
Garcia may have never even known about the mistake, but the rest of the invested fans and mediawatching the event wanted to know where he stood.
In the end, Garcia birdied the par-4 17th hole to get to 4 under, tied atop the leaderboard with Charley Hoffman, who led by five shots at one point Friday.
Hoffman, who shot a 7-under 65 Thursday, bogeyed five out of sixholes in his second round to fall back. He finished strong, however, and will enter the weekend in contention at 4 under.
Despite playing in his first Masters, WilliamMcGirt is 2 under through his first two rounds after shootinga 1-over 73in Round 2.McGirt was ready to reach the clubhouse Friday even though he ended in good position.
"The greens definitely picked up a good bit of speed overnight," McGirt said. "Yesterday all the wind gusts stayed in the same direction from the normal breeze, but today it switched all over the place. If it continues to do that this afternoon, I think the course will play tougher today than yesterday.
"I'm glad I don't have to hit another shot that counts today."
Rory McIlroy fought through some inconsistent swings to fire a 1-over 73 and finish his second round at 1 over. It appeared McIlroy might move into red figures on 18 after honing in on his second shot, but it hit the flagstick and careened off the green. He settled for a bogey on closing hole.
Playing alongside McIlroy, Jon Rahm shot a 2-under 70 to finish his second round at 1 under. The Spaniard is playing in his first Masters.
Ryan Moore quietly put together a bogey-free 3-under 69 Friday for one of the best rounds of the tournament thus far. Moore is currently 1 under for the tournament.
"I knew it was going to be a tough day, so, all in all, it was a great, successful round of golf and honestly couldn't play much more solid than I did," Moore said after his round.
Though wind has still been a factor for players, scoring has improved Friday as players have taken advantage of the shortened setup.