Rory McIlroy came right back into the thick of things and is just one shot behind the leaders at the halfway stage of the Masters in Augusta.
McIlroy reached five under before failing to get up and down from a bunker at the 17th, but then saved par from off the final green for a fine 69. This, of course, after he began the event with a double bogey six on his return to the course where he led by four with a round to go last April, then crashed to an 80.
After a best-of-the-day 67 Fred Couples shares top spot with fellow American Jason Dufner on five under, one in front of McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson.
McIlroy had finished his opening 71 with back-to-back birdies and said: "That was huge and it was nice just to get up and get straight back at it.
"It put me in a positive frame of mind. I know I am playing well - my recent results (only one finish outside the top five since last August) show that.
"I just wanted to come and play and put myself in position to win another tournament, another major."
Two months after his Masters meltdown a year ago he won the US Open by eight.
Ian Poulter reached two under, but he went in the water for a double bogey at the short 16th and after a second successive 72 is alongside Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington.
Graeme McDowell (72) made it through on three over, but Open champion Darren Clarke misses the cut after crashing to an 81 and 10 over playing with Couples.
Not even the continued bigotry of the Augusta National could possibly sour the 76th Masters. There are simply too many storylines to allow the archaic attitudes of these most privileged of memberships to spoil what is promising to be golf's greatest party. Fortunately, come Sunday evening, a man worthy of the respect will be dressed in green.
Right up to the start line, the opening strike from the first tee, the belief is insistent. It is that these last few days here, we have been waiting for the dawn of potentially the greatest ever Masters. It is, though, a catch-all projection that will be put into the sharpest perspective at 10.35am (local time), precisely, this morning.