Couples rolls back the years at Augusta

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Updated: April 7, 2012

Fred Couples could  yet become the oldest champion in major golf history at age 52. He fired a five-under par 67 on Friday to share the lead after the second round of the 76th Masters.

But World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and two stars without a major title, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, were among those only one stroke off the pace as 18 players stood within three shots of the leaders at Augusta National Golf Club.

Couples, who won his only major title 20 years ago at the Masters, stood atop the leaderboard alongside fellow American Jason Dufner, last year’s PGA Championship runner-up, at five-under par 139 for 36 holes.

Reigning US Open champion McIlroy of Northern Ireland, World No. 3 Westwood of England, 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Spain’s Garcia and American Bubba Watson shared third on 140.

Scot Paul Lawrie, Matt Kuchar and Miguel Angel Jimenez follow on three under, while Phil Mickelson joins a large group on two under after a well-played 68.

It was a bad day for Tiger Woods, who started well with two birdies, only to have his form desert him as he made five bogeys in all to post a 75 and finish on three over par, a full eight shots off the lead.