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Pieters moved to five under par after 10 holes in the opening round before dropping three shots around Amen Corner, but he negotiated that notorious stretch of the Augusta course without problems on Friday.

Masters rookie Jon Rahm (70), one of the pre-tournament favourites given his recent form, was a further shot back along with American Ryan Moore (69).

Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Adam Scott are four strokes back. He bounced back from a bogey behind the 13th green by firing a 3-iron across the water and into the wind to the 15th green for a two-putt birdie. "We're going to see a lot of good golf and battle it out".

"I love looking up and seeing the big leaderboards", he said. "Got off to a great start. Trying to play to the big parts of greens, not trying to get too aggressive off tees, and, yeah, playing somewhat conservative at times to make sure you weren't giving up shots or moving backwards". "I hit a really good shot, just a bit unfortunate".

Fowler had four birdies, an eagle and only one bogey.

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It certainly fired up Mickelson, who opened with birdies on the first and second holes to move to 2-under as those watching applauded wildly. "So, if I can put together a 67 or a 66 tomorrow, I feel like I'll be right in there for Sunday". "When I'm in position, I'm going to attack and try to make birdies, and when I'm not I'm going to try to just hopefully have a par putt at it". But he boarded the bogey train on No. 6 and bogeyed five of six holes. But the way the course was playing these first two days, it was very easy to make bogeys.

We have Sergio Garcia chasing his first major title, playing in the final pairing with the Olympic gold medalist and 2013 U.S. Open victor Justin Rose. You can't be afraid to hit a putt three or four feet by the hole.

"There were a couple of moments where I could have lost it a little; on 13 I hit a handsome drive, beautiful second shot and made six".

"I knew that at some point bogeys were going to come", Garcia said. They didn't come (Thursday), which was great.

The players were greeted by sunny skies, but chilly and windy conditions at Augusta National made for another challenging scoring day at the year's first major. But fortunate enough for me, I made a good amount of birdies (Friday), so I counteracted that. "I struck it very solid, I used a club that would spin instead of one that would maybe take the spin off". He had trouble finishing on Thursday with a 40 on the front nine, but he followed that 72 with a 68. Today I sort of felt how hard it was for everybody else when you get out of position. "You play in wind, play tough pin placements, really fast greens".

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