The 2015 champion, Jordan Spieth, shot a round of 66 (6) and took the early lead for the third time in four years after birdying five straight holes on the back nine.
Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar both finished two strokes behind because they were playing the day after dislocating an ankle during the Par 3 Contest.
How Many Birdies in 2018 Masters
Tiger Woods, a four-time champion, played in the Masters for the first time in three years.
After a bogey on the 12th, he was three over par, but he recovered with two birdies to finish with a score of 73 (+1).
On the par-5 15th hole, Sergio Garca, the defending champion, hit five straight shots into the green that rolled back into the sea, resulting in a one-putt score of 13.
Which is both the worst score ever on any course in Masters history and the highest score ever on that hole. His 81 (+9) put him in a tie for 85th place after he aced the following hole.
2018 Masters Leaderboard: breakdown, Comprehensive Coverage, Results, and Round 2 highlights
The main event at the 2018 Masters on Friday was Augusta National striking out against the field quite a bit, striking out all but Patrick Reed.
Reed teed off late but quickly got going with a six-birdie 31 on the opening nine, and he kept it going to the finish with three more birdies on the back nine for a 66.
Putting him at 9 under for the tournament and two shots ahead of the field. While one of only 16 players (out of 87 in the field) to shoot under par on the day.
Reed was undeterred by the challenging playing conditions as the field’s average score was almost 2 over.
Other athletes who went low late on Friday to position themselves for a Saturday charge at Reed and the lead included Marc Leishman and Justin Thomas.
The leaderboard is stacked with celebrities, and eight previous major champions are in the top 14 as we head into the weekend.
Even on a day when both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods played themselves out of contention, but not so terribly that they missed the cut.
It’s possible that this year will be the most successful year ever for tweeting about the Masters. If you do, you could be able to score a free year of Natty Light for each birdie you make on Sunday.
It is true and straightforward. For a limited time, Natty Light is offering users who tweet #BirdieLight and #Sweepstakes a year of free beer.
Natty Light is concentrating on birds in an effort to draw attention to the fact that it has one fewer calorie than Miller Light.
A new ready-to-drink champion will be announced every Sunday by birdie. How many will there be exactly?
There were 234 birdies made during the shootout in the final round of 2018 involving Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Patrick Reed. That number was 213 in 2017.