Augusta, April 13 -- Tiger Woods ran into the long leg of the law and escaped with a most unlikely birdie.

He just couldn't take the next step - one more birdie on a back nine filled with so many chances - to join the largest 36-hole logjam in Masters history.

Golf's best worked their way to the top Friday at Augusta National to set up a weekend pregnant with possibilities. Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen created the first five-way tie for the lead going into the weekend at the Masters.

All of them are major champions. Three have been No. 1 in the world.

Looming just as large was Woods, who made it look even more crowded at the top by making Augusta National sound as loud as ever. Despite ...