Five of his seven birdies this week have come on the quartet of par 5s at Augusta National.
He also squared three bogeys, but came to rest just five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Boom Boom doesn't make many regular TOUR stops these days, but gamers should take notice again whenever his back feels up to the challenge. 1 Jordan Spieth highlights the 144-man field and is grouped with two-time NTO champ Couples in rounds one and two for a third straight year.
Making his 32nd start at this event, this will go in the books as his 29th cut made here and 43rd time he's positioned himself inside the top 10 after any Masters round.Couples retreated early, with three bogeys to just one birdie on his outward nine.He made up some ground on the back nine at Augusta National, more than erasing his two bogeys with three birdies.Couples had missed the cut in his last four PGA TOUR appearances, dating back to 2014, but he always finds the magic after driving down Magnolia Lane.The 1992 champ is 28-for-31 at Augusta National Golf Club, but one of those missed cuts came in his latest appearance (2015) and he missed last year's edition due to injury.Couples turned in respective nines of 34 and 37 today.