A wild day at the Masters ends with best leaderboard ever

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Friday brought us the most stacked leaderboard in Masters history … and that wasn’t even close to the day’s top story.

Tiger Woods nearly got taken out by an overeager security guard. Rory McIlroy fired a shot into a golf cart’s drink compartment. Zach Johnson spanged a practice shot off a tee marker. Jon Rahm took a profane stroll through the pines.

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Folks, this was one of the weirder days Augusta National Golf Club’s ever seen. And we’re only halfway done.

Check out everyone within one shot of the seven-under lead: Adam Scott. Francesco Molinari. Jason Day. Brooks Koepka. Louis Oosthuizen. Xander Schauffele. Someone named Justin Harding. Dustin Johnson.

Oh, yeah … and Tiger freaking Woods.

That’s six major winners, 23 combined majors. And it literally is the most stacked leaderboard in major championship history: ESPN Stats and Information noted that there’s never been a time in major championship history when four major winners hold a share of the lead after a round … and we’ve got five.

Rain dominated much of the day, soaking the course early and halting play for a half-hour shortly after 5 p.m. The low scores of Thursday afternoon weren’t around again for the first-night leaders; Bryson DeChambeau fell out of contention with a +3 round, and Koepka rollercoastered his way to a one-under day.

But several players stepped up, most notably Molinari and Day, who each shot five-under to grab a share of the lead. Schauffele turned a one-over Thursday into a six-under Friday. And even Jordan Spieth, left for dead after Thursday’s round, managed to salvage a bit of dignity and finish the day at -1.

Plus, let’s not forget about the weirdness, like the security guard who nearly took out Woods:

Or the time Rory McIlroy’s shot ended up in a golf cart:

Or the time Jon Rahm cold-shanked a ball:

Or the time Zach Johnson toed a tee shot on his practice swing:

Saturday’s going to be fun.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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