Nashville Golfer Sneaks Into the Lead at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AFP) - Nashville's Brandt Snedeker snuck into the lead during the 2nd round of The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

Snedeker, who started the day sharing 3rd place at 69, one shot behind overnight leaders Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman, seized sole possession of the lead with birdies at the 2nd, 6th and 7th holes that took him to -6 for the tournament.

Immelman, who started the day -4, sharing the top spot with England's Rose at 68, was -5 through nine after two birdies and a bogey on his outward run.

Tiger Woods opened his 1st round with 12 pars. He looked in trouble with bogeys at 13 and 14, but salvaged the day with an eagle at 15 to lie tied for 19th on 72. He sets out this afternoon.

Woods has never broken 70 in the 1st round of the Masters but has still won the coveted title four times.

Thirteen-time major champion Tiger Woods compared Augusta National, still in its 7,445-yeard configuration boasting the toughest greens the world's best golfers face, to the grind of the US Open.

Rose is due in the last group of the day at 2:03 pm ET.

It's the 3rd time in four starts that Rose has led after one round at the Masters, but his best finish in the season's first major championship is a tie for 5th last year.

Two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson headed a group at -1 after the 1st round that also included India's Jeev Milkha Singh, Australian Peter Lonard, South African Retief Goosen and England's Paul Casey.

Mickelson got to -2 for the tournament with a birdie at the par-five 2nd hole.

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