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DeChambeau, Homa and Scheffler share the three-way lead at the start of the Masters weekend | CBC Sports

Max Homa played the most beautiful, boring round of golf amid raging winds and endless misfortune at the Masters on Friday, giving him a share of the lead, while Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau headed into a weekend for survivors.

Homa made 15 pars — all of which felt so much better — for a 1-under 71.

Scheffler eventually made his first bogey at the Masters and then a few more, but he was rock solid down the home stretch and shot a 72, his highest score of the year. DeChambeau played the 13th hole from the 14th fairway — at one point hoisting a wooden guidepost over his shoulder as he planned his move — and finished with a 73.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., was the weak Canadian who tied for 24th place after shooting a 4-over 76 on a tough day. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., had the majority.

Mike Weir, of Brights Grove, Ont., and Nick Taylor, also of Abbotsford, missed the cut.

Men's golfer plays shot from the 18th tee.
Scottie Scheffler plays his shot from the 18th tee during the second round of the Masters on Friday. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

For about 12 hours, the wind roared through the pines, scattered magnolia leaves across pristine Augusta National and blew sand from the white bunkers into the faces of players trying to cope with a gigantic course.

“I was mostly trying to make a few pars and stay in the golf tournament,” Scheffler said, a testament to how difficult it was.

The 60 players who made it 6 over 150 are expected to have a bit of a breather, although still plenty of wind. And Tiger Woods will be there this weekend.

Woods set a Masters record by doing it for the 24th consecutive time. He had 23 holes to play – five in the morning to complete the weather-challenged first round, and then a second round in which he kept the ball in play and shot an even-par 72.

He was only seven shots behind and still near the front of the tournament.

“I am here. I have a chance to win the golf tournament,” Woods said. “I completed my two rounds.”

The men's golfer reacts to the 18th green.
Tiger Woods reached the Masters cut line for the 24th consecutive time on Friday. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

That’s what it was really about: coping, surviving.

“That was as happy as you can be when you’re not on the golf course,” Homa said. “That was so hard. We got the sand shower to end our day. It was like the golf course was saying, ‘Get out of here.'”

The average score was 75.09. Only eight players broke par, as did many players who shot 80 or better. Ludvig Aberg had the low round with 69.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” DeChambeau said. “But what a great test.”

Homa heard some of the loudest cheers, even if they weren’t directed at him. He spent two days with Woods and enjoyed the full experience of the largest galleries, all standing up as Woods approached the tee boxes or the 15th green, which he could reach in two rounds.

“The memories will just have a lot to do with the Tiger stuff,” Homa said. “I’m hoping to build my own game this weekend, but luckily I managed to play shot for shot so well that I can barely remember the whole round at the moment. I really played.” Well, and I tried to play as boringly as possible.

“I think just the sight of this beautiful golf course with the sea of ​​fans will stay with me for a while.”

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Conners leads the Canadian contingent after the opening day of the Masters

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shoots 2-under 70 in the first round of the Masters, which was suspended due to darkness. Conners is tied for ninth, five shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau of the United States. The other Canadians competing in this year’s Masters are Mike Weir (tied for 54th), Adam Hadwin (tied for 69th) and Nick Taylor (tied for 82nd).

The leaders were at 6-under 138, two shots ahead of Masters newcomer Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark, who shot a 73. Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa, one of just two lucky souls to break par in each of the first two rounds, had managed a 70 and was three back.

Justin Thomas will have far worse memories. He was even par for the tournament on the par-5 15th hole, very far in the tournament. He hit iron to raise it up and it raced across the lawn and into the pond. That was the start of a double-bogey-double-bogey-double-bogey ending. He shot 79 and missed the cut by one shot.

Defending champion Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy looked like they would join him, but that was before the dividing line began to shift.

Rahm made a late charge for a 76, leaving him 11 shots from the lead. McIlroy, who missed only the Masters for the grand slam of his career, failed to birdie for the third time in his 56 trips around Augusta National. He shot 77 and was 10 shots behind.

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