Couples owns clubhouse lead at the Masters
Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Fred Couples overcame a double-bogey on the seventh to grab the clubhouse lead Friday at the 77th Masters.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, birdied the final hole for a 1-under 71. He stands at 5-under-par 139 for the championship.
Though he is the clubhouse leader, Couples is one shot behind Marc Leishman, who shared the first-round lead and is even-par for his second round through 10 holes.
Couples was joined at minus-5 by 2003 U.S. Open Jim Furyk, who was 2-under for the day through 11 holes.
Angel Cabrera birdied five of the last six holes to get into the clubhouse at 4-under-par 140. The 2009 Masters champion had struggled early, so the late surge got him back to 3-under 69 for the day.
Adam Scott managed an even-par 72 to end two rounds at minus-3, while first- round co-leader Sergio Garcia (76), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (74) and Bernhard Langer (71) are in the clubhouse at 2-under 142.
Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan played another solid round, but was penalized one stroke on the 17th hole for slow play. He had been warned earlier in his round, and was given another bad time leading to the penalty.
The teenager from China posted a 3-over 75 to end two rounds at 4-over-par 148. He was in danger of missing the cut after a round the included three bogeys and 15 pars.
Couples, long a fan favorite at Augusta, had two bogeys and two birdies through six holes. He stumbled to a double-bogey on the seventh.
The 53-year-old drove into the trees, then knocked his second over the green. Couples missed the green with his third, then pitched his fourth to six feet. From there, he 2-putted to fall four behind the leader.
Couples bounced back with his second birdie in two days at the par-5 eighth.
Around the turn, Couples dropped his tee shot 11 feet from the hole at the 12th and poured that in for birdie. He parred five in a row before closing with a birdie at the last.
Couples' playing partner Dustin Johnson had taken the lead at 7-under through 13 holes. To that point, Johnson had two bogeys and four birdies to move to minus-7.
However, Johnson carded two bogeys and two double-bogeys in the last five holes to slide to 1-under 143. Those dropped shots gave Johnson a 4-over 76 for his second round.
Earlier in the day, Nick Watney carded a 3-under 69 to move to 3-over par for the tournament. Watney and Cabrera share the low round of the day honors to this point.
Phil Mickelson went 5-over for the final 10 holes en route to a 4-over 76. He walked off at 3-over 147 and tied for 47th.
Defending champion Bubba Watson was among those on the course this afternoon. He was 1-under par after six holes to move to plus-2 for the championship.
04/12 15:53:48 ET