Masters 2013: Tiger Woods frustrated after misfortune halts Major bid
Masters 2013: 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods admits he was left annoyed by his shot which landed in water via 15th hole flag
Tiger Woods’ hopes of a 15th major title at the Masters were dealt a blow after a stroke of misfortune late in his round sent him into the water.
Woods is three behind Australian Jason Day, 25, who leads the way on six-under from compatriot Marc Leishman and 53-year-old Fred Couples – winner in 1992 – who are both one shot back.
The world number one admitted annoyance after his pitch at the 15th struck the flag and cannoned into the water giving Woods just his second bogey of the tournament.
“I was pretty pissed,” he said. “It was looking like I was going to make a birdie and not struggle and grind to not drop two shots.
“I felt like it was a pretty good shot. I had 87 yards and a slight holding cut which I though was a good one.
“I looked over the drop area and it wasn’t very good, it was into the grain – a tough shot so I went back to where it was and took two yards further back.
“My score does not indicate how well I played today.”
World number two Rory McIlroy kept himself within touching distance of the leaders after his birdie at 18 put him two-under for the tournament.
The Northern Irishman was happy after a round of 70 which included an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys.
“I made a lot of good putts for pars on the front nine,” he said. “I didn’t play my best for the first few holes and the eighth hole eagle really got me going, really kick-started me.
“Then I started to hit some really good quality shots. I took advantage of a couple of easier holes on the back nine, 13 and 14.
“Anything under par today was going to be a good score and I stayed patient when I needed to and it was a good day.”
England’s Lee Westwood was upbeat after shooting 71 in difficult conditions to get to three-under and he remains confident he can land a maiden Major title.
“I was pleased with the way I played,” he said. “It was tougher with the way the wind was blowing.
“Sometimes you get to your golf ball and you have to adapt. You’re constantly monitoring the situation out there because of the conditions and trying to change accordingly.
“It’s a major championship so there are always going to quality players at the top of the leaderboard but I am pleased with three-under and I have a chance going into the weekend.”
Justin Rose also shot 71, putting him three shots behind leader Day and the world number three said he is enjoying the challenges posed by Augusta.
“You need a lot of imagination,” he said. “It’s fun, if you can try and keep it fun. It’s hard when it’s not going your way.
“On a day like today when the wind is blowing, it’s important to get yourself in some nice spots out there.
“I feel very happy with where I am in the tournament and my run hasn’t happened yet. I haven’t been on a good run all week so hopefully that will happen at the weekend.”
David Lynn, who followed up his opening day 68 with a 73 to finish on three-under, admitted he found conditions far more challenging during his second round.
“The course was a different monster today and I saw a different side to Augusta,” he said.
“The wind was up and swirling around. I made my first birdie at 18 so I was just grinding away.
“I made a couple of mistakes on my front-nine, trying to take a couple of flags on and I had to work hard for a bogey so there are lessons to be learned there for tomorrow.”
Leaders: -6 Day; -5 Couples, Leishman; -4 Cabrera, Furyk, Snedeker; -3 Woods, Scott, Dufner, Lynn, Westwood, Rose, Choi, Fowler
Selected Others: -2 McIlroy, Garcia; -1 Donald; +2 Lawrie; +3 Mickelson; Laird +5; Poulter +7