Zalatoris, who birdied his final three holes to
sit tied with Harman at six-under par and one shot back of
leader Justin Rose, showed confidence beyond his 24 years in his
first Masters appearance.
"I wanted to be here my entire life," he told reporters.
"Some people shy away from that, but I'm excited to be here.
I've wanted to be here forever.
"There's no reason to feel intimidated now. I made it to here.
And obviously the job is not done by any means, but I think
standing on the first tee and hearing your name called, that's
something that every kid dreams of."
Fellow American Harman, who carded back-to-back rounds of 69,
said he did not think he would be playing in the Masters just
three weeks ago and called being in contention at the halfway
point "icing on the cake."
"I had some nerves this morning for sure," said the 34-year-old
Harman, who is competing in his third Masters and vying to win
his first major title.
"Whenever you look up on the leaderboard and you see your name
up there pretty high at Augusta, it's hard not to get nervous.
"I was nervous. But it was nice to settle down with a good
birdie on two, and I struck it well all day today."
Unlike Zalatoris and Harman, many of the sport's brightest stars
did not strike it well.
World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson, four
time major champion Brooks Koepka and world number 12 Rory
McIlroy were among those who missed the cut.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Augusta, writing by Rory Carroll in
Los Angeles; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
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