Storm fails to halt Masters

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The Masters was able to resume on time today despite a tornado passing through the Augusta area during the night.

Over an inch of rain fell in less than two hours and more than 11,000 homes lost power for a while.

Fifty players were left in the tournament and they included, of course, Northern Ireland 19-year-old Rory McIlroy after he was cleared of any wrong-doing on the final hole of his second round.

McIlroy was called back to the club at around 8.40pm - nearly 4 1/2 hours after he had finished - to study television coverage of him in the bunker.

It was a question of whether he had kicked the sand after leaving his ball in the bunker en route to a triple bogey seven, but it was ruled that he was just smoothing things over and no penalty was imposed.

Having four-putted the short 16th, however, the teenager had fallen from sixth place to 42nd and had survived the cut with nothing to spare at one over.

That was 10 adrift of overnight leaders Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry.

McIlroy had to wait only until the second hole to be back in a greenside bunker, but this time there was no problem and by hitting it to within a foot of the flag he birdied to improve to level par.

England's Ross Fisher was the first European back on the course, but he double-bogeyed the first after going over the green and three-putting from 25 feet.

Justin Rose parred the first two holes to remain level par, but Luke Donald resumed with a bogey and went one over.