Masters 2018: Patrick Reed takes lead into weekend; Tiger Woods squeaks past the cut line

AUGUSTA, Ga.— Patrick Reed playing golf in calm conditions, that’s sort of the yin and yang of golf. So much of Friday at the Masters was gusty, with winds shifting and dancing and generally messing with minds. But Reed played in the last group of the day. So when he added some spice — by yelling at his ball or himself, be it appropriate or not — it cut across Augusta National Golf Club. The bluster had died down a bit. Yet Reed can still huff and puff.

The Masters is only halfway over, and the wind might yet have more of a say. But after 36 holes, Reed is coloring it with his personality and his play. The 27-year-old who’s never afraid to say precisely what pops in his head managed the best score of Friday’s second round, a 66 that got him to 9 under par, providing a two-shot lead over Australian Marc Leishman.

Not too long ago, Reed was helping lead the local college team, Augusta State, to back-to-back NCAA championships. Even in those days, his assessment of whether he belonged at the next level — competing in and winning majors — was unwavering.

“Everyone wants to win,” he said Friday evening. “And if you don’t believe you can win

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