AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Patrick Reed is halfway home to his first major championship.

He were given there by means of most commonly staying out of hassle at daunting Augusta National and mastering the 4 par 5s.

Reed shot a 6-under 66 in the second one spherical Friday and moved to Nine-under 135 for the match. He takes a two-shot lead over Marc Leishman into Saturday’s 3rd spherical, which may well be suffering from rain.

Forecasts name for secure showers all day, the type of climate that are meant to melt up what had turn out to be a difficult and rapid take a look at.

The manner Reed has performed, it is unsure even Mother Nature can gradual him down.

“I believe if I play the golf I know how to play, I can win majors,” stated Reed, a 27-year-old Texan who ended his school occupation three miles down the street at Augusta State. “I need to stick to my game plan.”

Reed and Leishman would be the ultimate pairing Saturday, scheduled to tee off at 2:30 p.m.

Reed grabbed the lead thank you most commonly to being the one participant within the box to birdie all 8 par 5s within the first two rounds. He additionally wanted simply 51 putts via 36 holes.

“I kept myself out of trouble and allowed my putter to do the work,” Reed stated.

Leishman saved it shut. He boldly took on a prime chance when he hooked a hooded Five-iron across the bushes and rarely over the water at the par-Five 15th to about 6 toes for an eagle that were given him to 7 below.

Right in the back of them? Five major champions, for starters.

Henrik Stenson (70) used to be 4 photographs in the back of. Rory McIlroy (71) is off to his highest 36-hole get started in seven years and is having a look as poised as ever to seize the fourth leg of the occupation Grand Slam. Jordan Spieth misplaced his two-shot lead at the first gap and used to be at the verge of having left in the back of till he made a key par putt to shut out the entrance 9 with a 40, after which salvaged a 74 to sign up for McIlroy simply 5 photographs in the back of.

Looming is Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 participant on the earth, who made a 45-foot par putt at the 16th to make amends for a number of birdie putts within the 10-foot vary he ignored. Johnson had a 68 and used to be six photographs in the back of, at the side of PGA champion Justin Thomas, who had a 67.

Eleven of the 17 avid gamers nonetheless below par at the halfway level can also be discovered a number of the most sensible 20 on the earth.

They’re all chasing Reed, and most certainly want to play the longest holes neatly to even stay tempo.

“The par 5s are huge around here to be able to pick up ground on,” Reed stated. “You’re not going to shoot a low score if you don’t.”

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Some different issues to know heading into Saturday’s 3rd spherical:

TIGER EFFECT

Tiger Woods made the reduce at his first Masters in 3 years. He has some blended emotions about the place he is at.

He shot a three-over 75 in the second one spherical and is four over heading into the weekend. The 75 matched his second-worst rating at the Masters and left him 13 photographs off the lead.

Woods struggled with distance keep watch over Friday in tricky stipulations and lamented a variety of shut misses on vegetables.

He stated he did not hit his irons superb at all, including that he “didn’t control distances, shapes or anything.”

Still, Woods used to be most commonly proud of how he is performed in his first major because the 2015 PGA Championship.

“Six months ago, I didn’t know if I was going to play again. It’s incredible. Just so thankful have this opportunity to be able to play golf again.”

Woods is aware of he wishes a “special weekend” and a few assist to get again in competition.

OLD GUYS

Fred Couples, 58, Bernard Langer, 60, and Vijay Singh, 55 — 3 guys who play the PGA Tour Champions — proved it will pay off to know your manner round Augusta National.

All 3 of them shot 2 over in the second one spherical and made the reduce at golfing’s first major.

Couples is 11 photographs off Reed’s tempo heading into the weekend. Langer is 13 again, and Singh is 10 in the back of.

Couples made the reduce at the Masters for the 30th time, tying Gary Player for the second one maximum in match historical past. Only six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus (37) made extra cuts at Augusta National.

HEADED HOME

The final two Masters champions may not be taking part in at the weekend.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia and 2016 winner Danny Willett ignored the reduce.

Willett completed the second one spherical with consecutive bogeys, lacking out by means of two strokes.

Garcia’s reign used to be necessarily over when he wrote a double-digit quantity on his scorecard within the opening spherical Thursday. The Spaniard and new father hit 5 consecutive balls into the water at the par-Five 15th.

Garcia gave the impression to spend a lot of Friday going in the course of the motions. He struggled to a 78 that incorporated dumping any other ball within the water at No. 11 and ended up at 15-over 159.

BUTLER CABIN INVITES

Garcia might be round to be a part of the championship party at Butler Cabin, the place he’s going to put a inexperienced jacket at the 2018 champ. Doug Ghim will sign up for him within.

The 21-year-old Ghim used to be the one novice to make the reduce. He were given into the Masters thank you to a runner-up end within the U.S. Amateur. The low novice additionally will get invited to the rite at Butler Cabin.

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