Tiger Woods walks past Carlos Franco, of Paraguay, as play was suspended during second round play

After rain interrupted play in the first two days of the event, the players were back on the course under cloudy skies on Saturday morning. Tournament officials are hoping to make the cut and complete the third round Saturday to get the event back on schedule.

Britain's David Howell and Luke Donald joined American Chris DiMarco atop the leaderboard at five-under par Friday before play was suspended. None of the 91 golfers had finished more than nine holes before the weather forced an end to play.

Fifteen players - including Ernie Els of South Africa, Vijay Singh of Fiji, Stuart Appleby of Australia and defending champion Phil Mickelson of the United States - could not even finish one hole before play was halted at the Augusta National Golf Club.

It is the seventh time in eight years that bad weather has forced delays at the Masters, the first major golf championship of the year. Nine of 15 events on the PGA Tour this year have been disrupted by the weather.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.