Keep that card
Kevin Na: The notoriously slow-playing South Korean probably best known for taking a 16 on the par-4 ninth hole at the 2011 Texas Open silenced some of his hecklers Friday. Na matched Jordan Spieth by carding a 6-under 66, including an eagle-3 on No. 13. He’s tied for eighth at 4 under.
Toss that card
Billy Horschel: Lurking on the leaderboard after a 2-under 70 on Thursday, Horschel lost any momentum in a hurry. He finished Friday without a birdie en route to a 78. He took a double bogey on 18, and missed the cut by two shots.
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Tiger Woods: Thursday’s 69 was the best number Woods has posted at Augusta National since the final round in 2011. It was miles better than anything in his only two outings in 2015: a missed cut at Phoenix and first-round withdrawal at Torrey Pines. “All you gotta do is believe!” a fan along the ropes shouted as Woods strode to the ninth tee after back-to-back birdies. Woods cracked a wide smile. “I hear you, bro,” he said.
Ben Crenshaw (above) closed out his Masters career with two rounds he would prefer to forget, but a lifetime of memories from his 44 appearances at Augusta National. Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion, was greeted by his longtime caddie, Carl Jackson, when he came off the green for the final time. Jackson donned the white coveralls, with Crenshaw’s name on the back, and walked slowly onto the green to hug the golfer. The 63-year-old Crenshaw finished last in the field with a 176 — 32 over par. “But I felt like I won the tournament,” he said after the emotional scene at the final hole.
• He’s got plenty of work left eight shots back, but the last time Phil Mickelson opened a Masters with two subpar rounds, in 2010, he won.
• Tom Watson made triple bogey on 18 to card an 81, 10 shots worse than Round 1, and miss the cut.
• Rory McIlroy arrived at Augusta trying to complete a career Grand Slam, but it looked like he might miss the cut when he shot 40 on the front side. He battled back after the turn, shooting a 31 for his second straight 71.
Par-5, 530-yard No. 15: Spieth made his final birdie at No. 15 on his way to setting a 36-hole scoring record at the Masters. Dustin Johnson had a tap-in putt there for his third eagle of the day, also a Masters record.
Quote of the day
“It’s this year. It’s not any other year.”
— Charley Hoffman, whose 9-under 135 score after two rounds would have given him at least a tie for the lead in eight of the past 10 years.
Tweet of the day
“Jordan Spieth is just like you & me. He puts his pants on one leg at a time. But when his pants are on he makes Masters records. #low36.”
— Golf Channel host Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC).
All eyes will be on Spieth as he continues his record march toward a green jacket. But it’s an impressive leaderboard behind him. Ch. 4 has coverage beginning at 2 p.m.