AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Charles Howell III waited a long time to get back to the Masters and wanted his return to last through the weekend. So he entered Friday’s second round with a safe approach mindset, hoping to just make the cut.

Then came a chip-in for birdie on No. 5 to get a little momentum. Later, he made a 36-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

Suddenly, making the cut wasn’t a concern; he could focus on contending.

Howell, a 39-year-old Augusta native, shot a 5-under 67 on Friday and was just three shots behind the leaders. He shot in the 60s for the first time in 28 rounds at the Masters.

“I felt a little more comfortable out there than I have

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