2:30 p.m. Charl Schwartzel (-8), K.J. Choi (-8)
2:40 p.m. McIlroy (-12), Angel Cabrera (-8)
ACT I A WILD START
Woods inspires the day's first roars with birdies at the 2nd and 3rd holes. Then it is Schwartzel's turn. A jittery approach on the 1st hole leaves him right of the green, outside the rope line in the first cut. He plays a low, running pitch that lands short of the putting surface and traverses one of Augusta National's most undulating greens.
Schwartzel: I think it would have been a pretty straightforward shot if it weren't for all the people who had trampled the grass. Normally I'm very good with a lob wedge, but I was forced to use a little six-iron and run it up the hill. [When it went in] I don't think I've ever heard a roar that loud.
Choi: Nobody knows how good that was. Impossible to make that. But he did. Wow!
Gary Player, three-time Masters champion: As great a shot as I've seen at Augusta.
From the middle of the 1st fairway McIlroy pulls his approach left of the green, leading to a bogey that cuts his lead in half.
McIlroy: That was the first point in the tournament where I made a very tentative swing. I came up and out of the shot. That's when I knew I didn't feel the same as the previous three days.
On the par-5 2nd hole McIlroy hits his drive into the fairway bunker, then catches the lip on his second shot. As he is lining up a four-footer for par, Schwartzel is playing his second shot to the short par-4 3rd hole.