Tiger Woods cops accidental slide tackle after miracle shot at US Masters

Fans walk along the ninth hole

Dustin Johnson (70) and Justin Harding (69) were a shot behind at 6-under, alongside four-time Masters victor Woods, who is sitting ominously just behind the leaders as he hunts a first major since the 2008 US Open.

What followed was vintage Woods and brought back chilling roars harkening to his 1997 "Tigermania" first major win.

Ian Poulter (71) and Jon Rahm (70) were a shot further back with Phil Mickelson (73) among those three off the pace on a congested leaderboard.

"I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament", said Woods, who is seeking his first major victory since 2008.

That's when a security guard, trying to shield him from the giddy fans lined up in the pine straw watching, slid in the wet grass and almost knocked Woods to the ground.

"It is what it is", Woods said.

"It was just one of those weeks, just not quite had it", McIlroy said after an erratic round containing an eagle, four birdies and five bogeys.

Scott was the only player to reach 8 under with a 2-iron into 5 feet for eagle on the 15th, only to miss a 3-foot par putt on the 16th.

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He didn't show any trouble the rest of the way, and didn't find much interest in talking about it after his round except to say "accidents happen" and "it's all good".

After Woods hit his second shot, a security guard slipped on muddy ground and slid into Woods's right foot, causing a few fearful moments before the superstar tested his ankle and walked on unharmed.

A birdie on the 10th was immediately cancelled out on the next and another bogey looked on the cards after his drive on the 13th clipped a tree - but after pitching out on to the fairway McIlroy hit his approach to 13 feet and holed for birdie.

As rain lashed Augusta, severe weather forced a 40-minute delay, after which Scott returned to fire a 231-yard second shot onto the green at the par-five hole.

"It's a bunched leader board ... if someone decides to break away on the weekend I'm in a good spot to run with them".

Woods was tied with Dustin Johnson, another major champion and world No. 1, along with Xander Schauffele and Masters newcomer Justin Harding of South Africa.

But since then he has shown more than a glimmer of his once-spellbinding form, and has placed himself firmly in contention with a commanding 68 in his second round to remain a shot behind the leaders at 6-under par.

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