Tiger Woods charge lights up Masters as five major champions share lead

(CNN)They were Sunday roars but on a Friday. Throaty and thunderous. His fist pumps and club twirls said it all.

Tiger Woods was on a charge that not even a trip by an over-zealous security guard could stall.
The four-time Masters champion, only recently written off as a major contender, conjured a vintage performance to roar to within one shot of a five-way tie for the lead on an absorbing day two at Augusta.
When Woods' birdie putt at the last stayed out the sound of deflation was palpable, but the former world No.1 is in prime position as he chases a 15th major title and first since 2008.
    Ahead of Woods, though, stands a thicket of major champions -- Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.
    All proven in the heat of battle, and in 2013 Masters winner Scott and past runners-up Day and Oosthuizen loaded with serious Augusta credentials.
    Still, Woods' 68 to add to an opening 70 for six under puts him exactly where he wants to be -- in contention in majors again after coming through the "dark times" of long-term back injuries.
    "Felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing. This is now three straight majors that I've been in the mix, so it's good stuff," he said afterward.
    Tiger Woods evoked memories of his heyday at Augusta Friday.


    The 43-year-old, who was second in the US PGA last year and briefly led the Open in his comeback season from spine fusion surgery, played in a manner reminiscent of his pomp, with fierce driving, pin-point iron play, some impressive recovery shots and several key putts.
    He kick-started his charge with birdies on nine and 11 and hit his tee shot to eight feet on the short 12th -- energy levels surged in the packed gallery around Amen Corner. But almost immediately the siren sounded to suspend play because of a threat of thunderstorms.
    When the all clear came half an hour later, Woods missed the birdie putt, and squandered another birdie chance under persistent drizzle on the 13th.
    But after an errant drive into trees on the left of the 14th, he weaved a stunning second through a gap in the timber to find the green. As Woods moved off and the crowd closed in, a rushing marshal slipped and collided with Woods' ankle. Woods recoiled and limped off, but was none the worse for it. "I'm good. Accidents happen," said Woods.