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Ernie Els opens his 2nd round with par, Masters leader Jordan Spieth gears up on practice tee

  • Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, hits on the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, hits on the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods putts on the practice green before his second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Tiger Woods putts on the practice green before his second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth hits on the second fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Jordan Spieth hits on the second fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 10, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (The Associated Press)

9:41 a.m.

Ernie Els has already cut into Jordan Spieith's lead at the Masters, making a birdie at the second hole to pull within two strokes of the top spot.

On an overcast morning at Augusta National, the South African started play Friday with possible storms in the forecast.

Jordan Spieth tees off in just before 10 a.m. EDT.

Spieth is loosening up in the practice area after opening Thursday with an 8-under 67, which gave him a three-stroke lead on Els, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Charley Hoffman.

Day and Hoffman also have morning tee times. Rose goes off in the early afternoon.

Tiger Woods, nine shots back a 1 over, begins his second round at 10:30. He's trying to avoid missing the Masters cut for the first time in his pro career.