UPDATE: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. ET by Paul Mueller
Tiger may have found a way to slide into the losers category.
Early Saturday morning, Augusta officials determined that he took an illegal drop on hole No. 15 Friday. He was penalized two strokes, dropping him from three-under par to one-under par. He's now five strokes off the leader, Jason Day.
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The two biggest names in golf were at their best on Friday.
Rory McIlroy shook off an uneven start to sink three birdies on the back nine and finish the day at two-under. It was an impressive display of resilience from the youngster, one that re-announced him as a major player in this tournament headed into the weekend.
Woods was just as good.
The world's top golfer shot three under on the front nine and was on his way to a bogey-free round before an unlucky break on the 15th*. He ended the day in seventh place at three-under, but deserved a stroke or two better.
As it was on Day 1, Tiger appeared in total command of the golf course. This time, though, he did in far less favorable conditions.
No one is handing Woods is fifth straight green jacket just yet, but as Friday wore on and other top golfers dropped off the pace, it became harder and harder to imagine who might stop him.
*Woods' ball hit the flag stick flush and rolled into a water hazard. Major bummer.