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Four share lead at Masters as big guns circle

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, chips to the eighth green during the second round of the Masters.
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, chips to the eighth green during the second round of the Masters. Charlie Riedel

AN epic Masters weekend looms as the Augusta scoreboard went from a one-man show to an all-in dogfight and the search for a green jacket is on in earnest.

Aussie Adam Scott is front and centre after a second-round 69, needing only to find his 2013 putting genius to collect a second green jacket, sitting just four shots off a four-way lead.

First-round leader Charley Hoffman remains in the hunt but has been joined by plenty of the world's elite with the top tier coming to the fore.

American tyro Rickie Fowler had the lowest round of the day with his 67 that included a rare eagle and could have been more if he hadn't found the drink going for another at the 15th.

 

Thomas Pieters of Belgium hits from the fairway on the 17th at Augusta.
Thomas Pieters of Belgium hits from the fairway on the 17th at Augusta. ANDREW GOMBERT

Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters are also on four-under with the chasing pack bunched up including Scott and Jordan Spieth, who snuck to even par for the tournament with a rare 18th-hole birdie.

The weekend contingent of Aussies at Augusta stretched to four with Scott, Marc Leishman (+3), Jason Day (+6), and even amateur Curtis Luck (+6) squeezing in right on the number.

Veteran Rod Pampling (+8) was blown away in torrid early conditions and missed the mark.

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