Tiger Woods cops accidental slide tackle after miracle shot at US Masters

Rory Mc Ilroy blotted his card with six bogeys on day one

Day fired his way to the top only a day after battling crippling back pain at Augusta. He was only seven shots behind, but he had 35 players in front of him.

Spieth, the 2015 Masters Champion, is at even-par for the tournament, seven shots behind the leaders.Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are in a five-way tie for the lead.

Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, surged up the leaderboard thanks in no small part to a spectacular eagle at the 15th.

Woods had played a sublime recovery shot from the pine straw immediately prior to that incident and duly converted his resulting birdie putt before picking up another shot at the 15th to get to six under.

For the first time since that tournament, there was a Friday suspension at Augusta due to inclement weather, with the threat of lightning forcing a brief stoppage.

Scott then knocked in the eagle putt to move to eight under par.

"But it's on the board and I am in position and it's going to be a good weekend". Just get as much energy as possible for the weekend.

The omens do appear to be mounting up regarding another triumph for Woods, who is this week wearing mock turtlenecks matching the style of shirts he wore when he last triumphed at Augusta in 2005. "Hit some quality iron shots and when I missed I missed them in the right spot".

Corey Conners (71) of Listowel, Ont., was in a group tied for 16th at 3-under par, four shots back of the leaders.

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"Everyone is talking about my back ..."

The Queenslander withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, citing an annular tear in a disc in his back, which required him to have four cortisone injections around his spine. Despite missing two birdie chances inside 8 feet on the back nine, he holed consecutive 30-foot birdie putts for a 4-under 68.

Tiger Woods claimed a year ago that even getting onto the course at Augusta National was a "miracle" considering his back troubles. He still was within four shots, along with Justin Thomas, who had a 68. I knew my game was good coming in here, I've not let any external pressure get to me.

"The last two major championships I've been right there", Woods said.

The round was not without incident however, as Woods's charge was nearly derailed by the errant foot of an overenthusiastic law enforcement officer at the 14th.

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

In an attempt to stop the crowd from bunching too close to golf's biggest drawcard, security personnel scrambled to maintain some kind of cordon.

Yet a dramatic incident followed when a security guard raced forward to try and keep spectators back and slid over, almost taking Woods out in the process. "Accidents happen and move on".

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th green during the second round of the Masters.

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