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Tiger Woods shoots 3-over 75 in Round 2 of Masters

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And Woods is confident he still has a part to play over the coming days.

Instead of the victory charge his supporters were hoping for, Woods' first appearance at Augusta for three years has proved he still has a long way before he becomes a force in the Majors again.

The pair emerged from the pack on an eventful second day, with 2016 British Open victor Henrik Stenson (70) third at five under.

Still, Woods was mostly pleased with how he's played in his first major since the 2015 PGA Championship. And that makes playing poorly at the Masters after arriving with such optimism all the more hard.

Nonetheless, Woods did plenty of crippling damage to his Masters bid in a slog of a second round.

But Sergio Garcia faces a long weekend hanging around to present the Green Jacket to this year's victor, the defending champion finishing third from bottom on 15 over after a 78, with his tournament effectively over following his disastrous 13 at the 15th on day one.

Woods was forced to take an unplayable lie, leading to a double-bogey that pretty much left him scrambling the rest of the day.

But that opening error was certainly a harbinger. He drilled his opening drive right down the heart of the fairway. From there Woods hit a low stinger toward the green that hit someone in the gallery and he was unable to get up and down. Woods could only manage to chip to the fringe 20 feet short of the hole from there. He just missed the putt.

Leishman delivered the shot of the day when his approach at the par-five 15th stopped six feet from the hole, setting up an easy eagle.

He was over the green on the 240-yard fourth and then missed a 7-footer for par. 4 and 6, both par 3s. "I just hit some really solid iron shots on that back nine to go with just some solid, inside of 10, 12 feet, putting", said Spieth, whose wire-to-wire Masters victory in 2015 was sandwiched between runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2016. He was fortunate to get a shot out into a bunker and got it up and down for a double-bogey.

From that point on, Woods had to keep an eye on the cutline. And then he fired an 8-iron at the pin on the par-3 16th, letting the club twirl through his hands as he walked away, knowing only that it was another good one.

He drove the ball well to open Thursday's first round, but needed 11 puts through the first six holes.

Finau flew the back of the seventh green on the Par-3 course and spun it back into the hole for an ace.

Tiger's pitch shot rolls out 5 feet from the hole. He brushed in the putt for bogey. He didn't make a birdie until the 13th hole and had to settle for a 3-over 75, leaving him 13 shots behind.

"It looks like just grinding out par on the weekend out here", Spieth said.

Webb Simpson could be making a move with consecutive birdies at the second and third holes.

While his last major title came at the 2008 US Open, early struggles for the leaders ensured his chance to contend as his second round began and fans dreamed he might this week close the gap on the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. "The fact that Matt puts his life on the line every day for others, and then does this is unbelievable", Woods said.

"I'm so far back I'm not in control of my destiny". Now he has a lot of work left to save par.

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