Reed, Leishman share lead as Augusta plays tough in second round

Patrick Reed (pictured) and Marc Leishman are currently leading the second round of the 2018 Masters Tournament

Augusta (United States) (AFP) – American Patrick Reed and Australian Marc Leishman both opened with three straight birdies on Friday and topped the leaderboard at 5-under par as Augusta National proved tough going in the second round of the Masters.

Reed’s opening trio of birdies — starting with a 26-foot putt at the first hole — actually moved him to 6-under, but he promptly gave a stroke back at the par-three fourth to stand tied with Leishman, who was 5-under through six holes.

A day after Jordan Spieth birdied five straight on the back nine to seize a two-stroke first-round lead, no one was mounting a charge.

Spieth dropped three shots in the first two holes and, after falling as low as 2-under, had pulled back to 4-under through 15 — one shot off the lead.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who could complete a career Grand Slam with a first Masters title, was 4-under with two to play.

Tiger Woods, whose 14 major titles include four Masters crowns, started the day seven off the pace on 1-over.

He opened with a bogey and dropped two more shots with a double bogey at the par-4 fifth.