Gary Woodland shoots 30 on front side to surge into Masters contention; falters on back nine

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Gary Woodland shoots 30 on front side to surge into Masters contention; falters on back nine

AUGUSTA, Georgia - With the leaders still waiting to tee off, Gary Woodland put on quite a show for spectators who arrived early at the Masters.

The American had the patrons roaring on Saturday with a 6-under 30 before the turn, matching the lowest score ever on the front side at Augusta National.

Woodland became the first player since Phil Mickelson in the final round of the 2009 tournament to shoot 30 on the first nine holes. The only others to do it were K.J. Choi in 2004, Greg Norman in 1988 and Johnny Miller in 1975.

Unfortunately for Woodland, he couldn't keep it going. After another birdie at the 10th pushed his score to 4 under, he bogeyed the 11th and knocked it into Rae's Creek at No. 12 for double-bogey.

Second-round leader Bubba Watson had a late tee time. He was at 7-under 135 at the tournament midway point.

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., was 1-over at the start of the day but had three bogeys and a double-bogey over his first seven holes.

Organizations: Augusta National

Geographic location: AUGUSTA, Georgia

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