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Masters -- 2nd Round Wrap

At the Top: Fred Couples matched the low round of the tournament (67), Jason Dufner continued his superb play in majors and the two head into today as co-leaders with five players a shot back.

In Defense: Reigning champ Charl Schwartzel ballooned to a 75. He's 3-over and tied for 40th. There will be no repeat.

Tiger Pause: Wow. That was impressive. Did you see how far Woods kicked that club on 16?

Home Cooking: Augusta native Charles Howell III shot 70 and is just three back in his first Masters appearance since 2008.

Never Give Up: Ian Poulter made birdie from in a bush on the hill alongside No. 13 green after a miracle recovery shot to 3 feet.

Day's End: Aussie Jason Day withdrew because of injury after seven holes. That makes three WDs because of injury. Dustin Johnson and Mark O'Meara hung 'em up before the tournament.

Courtesy Move: O'Meara's WD left the day's No. 2 group with just two players. Come the fourth hole, the threesome of Scott Verplank, Sean O'Hair and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano allowed Chez Reavie and Martin Laird to play through. Now if they let you play through in the Masters certainly it's OK to extend the same courtesy at, say, Brighton. Know what I'm saying?

Quotable

Louis Oosterhuizen (-4) on finally making the cut in his fourth Masters: "You know, it's a weird spot for me to be in . . . at the moment. I normally was busy changing (plane) tickets back home.""

Ben Crane (-2) on the difficulties that accompanied an early tee time: "Well, we were playing as much as 25 yards of wind and just cruel with some of our iron shots out there, so the ball was just not flying as far as it normally does, so consequently the holes are just playing so much longer and not getting any roll off the tee. And then the greens are fast, and it's the Masters."

-- Bob DiCesare

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