|Lee Westwood of England hits his tee shot on the third hole during second round play in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 6, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
GEORGIA, GA. - GEORGIA, Ga. — Lee Westwood held a one-shot lead after playing six holes early Friday as the second round of the Masters at Augusta National got rolling.
Six consecutive pars had Westwood clinging to top spot over Americans Ben Crane and Jason Dufner and Swede Peter Hanson, who all sat at 4-under par as noon approached in Georgia.
Early charges by Rory McIlroy, who birdied holes 2, 3 and 4, and Bubba Watson, with an eagle on the second, saw some more big names move up the leaderboard.
Both McIlroy and Watson sat at 3-under par.
Mike Weir was 3-over par through seven holes on Friday after shooting a very respectable 72 on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson birdied the first hole of his second round to get to 1-over par. He is hoping to win his fourth green jacket.
Tiger Woods was set to tee off at 1:42 p.m.