Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters

"I guess the good thing for me is I don't have any negative experiences to look back on", McGirt said.

Defending champion Danny Willett got off to a miserable start with a quadruple-bogey eight at the first and along with Swedish world number five Henrik Stenson and twice Masters victor Bubba Watson, who soared to a 78, were among those who missed the cut, set at six over par in the year's first major. He later cut into Hoffman's lead further with a birdie on the 15th hole.

But on his back nine he produced some excellent golf, rolling in birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th on his way in as he searches for the final Major that would give him the Grand Slam.

This type of spot is nothing new for the 37-year-old Spaniard, but he hasn't exactly shown he thrives in it. Garcia boasts 22 top-10 finishes in 73 previous major championship starts, yet - and he doesn't need this reminder - none of them are wins.

He talked of how fortunate he's been to play in 70 consecutive majors, a remarkable accomplishment indeed.

Fowler had the round of the day, another with blustery conditions, shooting a 5-under 67. "I made good pars there and stayed patient and got some birdies".

Charley Hoffman's big lead in the Masters Tournament is gone.

Fowler eagled the second hole and had only one bogey, on the par-5 15th. I did a lot of work [Thursday] which sort of made up for how I played today.

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As compatriots Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker prepared to tee off, however, Johnson suddenly walked back to the Augusta National clubhouse before informing organisers he was unfit to play. After 36 holes, that number got trimmed to nine golfers in red figures halfway through the Masters.

Of course, Hoffman helped with a run of five bogeys over six holes at Augusta National to turn his early runaway into a Friday free-for-all.

In three starts at the Masters, Spieth has finished second, first and second, with that demoralizing quadruple-bogey in the final round a year ago.

On a chilly morning at the Masters, defending champion Danny Willett began the second round with a snowman. Certainly, he's no longer a vivacious teenager bounding up the fairway after pulling off a remarkable shot from behind a tree at Medinah, a runner-up to Woods in a memorable PGA Championship that everyone figured was a mere delaying of the inevitable. Ernie Els (+3) T35.

William McGirt had a bogey on the opening hole of the second round of the Masters after just one to start the tournament.

If there was any justice, McIlroy would only be three strokes off the pace at Augusta National after he nearly literally knocked down the pin at the par-four 18th.

The four at the top are at 4-under-par 140, the same score that topped the leaderboard past year.

Three-times champion Phil Mickelson, Australian Jason Day, American Jordan Spieth and Olympic champion Justin Rose were among the late starters.