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Tiger Woods had a day of ups and downs but managed to score a 2 out of 74 on Friday to make the weekend at the Masters.
Woods, who shot 71 in his first round on his comeback from injuries sustained in a car accident, hesitated early in the second round, but bounced back in the ninth and finished two rounds with 1 out of 145.
That was good enough to make the cut, though Woods was nine shots from the lead Scottie Scheffler had at the time he finished. He was tied at 19.
Woods bogeyed four of his first five holes to make the turn at 39. But he made birds in the tenth hole from close range and brought in two more birdies to make up for two bogeys.
Scheffler, who shot 69 in his opening round, was 5 less during the day and 8 less for the tournament through 16 holes. He was five shots ahead of a quarterback to 3 less.
Augusta National is showing its teeth at this year’s Masters.
The rain on the eve of the tournament softened the greens, but the golf course was anything but receptive to the best players in the world. Some course adjustments and some strong winds made things difficult as the results and the cut line increased in the second round on Friday.
A day after the field played the par-72 field with an average of 73.8, the players averaged 75.2 with about half of the field still on the field. Club leader Charl Schwartzel was just 3 below, while the cut projected 4 above par.
The hardest hole was par-4 11, which lengthened after last year’s tournament and played 520 yards on the second round. Players had an average of 4.64 in the hole. The 18 was also playing hard as the second hardest hole with 4.47 shots.
The easiest hole of the second round was the second par-5, where the field made three eagles and 37 birdies and played with an average of 4.57.
Tiger Woods struggled with 3 out of 39 on the first ninth Friday, but was still in a good position to make the weekend on his comeback at the Masters.
Woods, who shot a 1-under 71 in the first round, bogeyed four of his first five holes before bouncing to play the last four 1 under. It was a 2 above the pair on a stormy day at Augusta National where low scores were hard to find.
Woods was not in imminent danger of missing the cut, which was projected at 4 more, but was six shots out of the lead held on the field by Scottie Scheffler’s header towards the back nine. His frustrations were evident when he hit a bad wedge shot into the ninth hole and dropped his club in disgust before bouncing up and down the pair.
Afternoon winds of 15-20 mph and higher gusts made the conditions difficult, although the rains that arrived on the eve of the tournament made the greens still relatively mild.
The club’s home lead when Woods took the turn was maintained by Charl Schwartzel at 3 under par
First-round leader Sungjae Im finished 2 out of 74 in the second round of the Masters and is 3 under 36 holes, tied with Charl Schwartzel in first place in the windy Augusta National.
On Thursday afternoon I shot a bright 4-under 68 in windy conditions, but on Friday morning I found that the wind kept rising. He managed three birdies against five bogeys to tie with Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion.
Bogey the first hole, but stabilized with a birdie in the third par-4. He made the pair turn for the day, but had problems in the back nine, including a bogey on par-5 15 when his fairway metal jumped over the green and into the water. He recovered with a birdie on par-3 16, but a derailed boost on 18 led to one last bogey.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett is also at 3 minus when it comes to the turn.
Tiger Woods made a bogey four of his first five holes to fall to 3 in the tournament and is in danger of losing the cut if he can’t turn things around.
Augusta National is catching up with Tiger Woods.
The five-time Masters champion has a difficult start in the second round. Woods made bogey three of the first four holes to move to 2 more for the tournament.
He is struggling with his unity and his irons from the beginning. Woods lost each of the first two fairways and a questionable iron in the par-3 quarter fell below the green, leading to a bogey.
The Masters is the only major championship where Woods has not lost the cut. That streak can be in jeopardy if you can’t turn things around. The top 50 players and draws advance to the weekend.
The projected cut is currently at 3, but could increase with a large group of players still on the field and whipped winds around Augusta National.
Tiger Woods started his second round at the Masters with a bogey to get back on track for the tournament.
The five-time Masters champion threw his starting shot at par-4 first in a bunker. His approach shot fell to the right of the green. His next shot rolled 7 feet past the pin and his shot deflected to the left. He settled for a bogey tap-in.
Woods recorded a solid 1-under 71 in the first round in his first competitive round since a car accident in February 2021 severely injured his right leg.
The 46-year-old has never missed a cut in the Masters. The top 50 players and draws advance to the weekend at Augusta National.
Charl Schwartzel went through the breeze to score a 3-under 69 in the second round of the Masters, the best of the first wave of golfers at Augusta National.
The 2011 Masters champion is 3 less for the tournament and in a good position for the weekend.
Schwartzel put together five little birds, including one in the par-3 16 that he launched with a beautiful tee shot less than 4 feet. He saved the pair of trees at par-4 18, splashing the left front bunker up to 9 feet and then draining the putt.
Schwartzel finished just moments before five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods was scheduled for his second round. Woods recorded a 1-under 71 in the opening round.
Tiger Woods will have one less teammate for the second round of the Masters.
Louis Oosthuizen retired from the tournament. Organizers made the announcement about 90 minutes before Oosthuizen started playing alongside Woods and Joaquin Niemann.
Oosthuizen cited an injury as the reason. Details were not immediately announced. He opened the tournament with a 4 out of 76 on Thursday.
His absence means Woods and Niemann will play in two for the second round. They will be the penultimate group, which will begin at 1:41 p.m.
Dustin Johnson is lurking the lead at the start of the Masters soundtrack.
The 2020 Masters champion made bird in the fourth hole par-3 to move to minus-4, a shot from behind Sungjae Im.
Johnson put together an orderly 3-under 69 in the opening round on Thursday. His started the second round with three pairs in a row before hitting an iron less than 5 feet into the fourth before making the putt.
I staggered early, throwing a rebound shot at par-4 first in which the ball didn’t reach the green and rolled back downhill towards his feet. He bounced rolling in a 24-foot birdie putt to get back to 5 below.
There were few moves in the standings between the first wave of the second round, although several former champions are slowly advancing. Charl Schwartzel, who won in 2011, is 2 less for the day and 2 less for the tournament through 10 holes in the second round. Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion, is 2 less for the day and 1 less for the tournament up to seven.
Five-time green jacket winner Tiger Woods is part of the afternoon session. Woods comes 1 under 71 in his first professional event since a car accident in February 2021.
The wind is expected to rise during the second round of the Masters, and there is a good chance that the markers will go up next to it.
The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies in Augusta National with sustained winds of over 15-20 mph throughout the afternoon.
Nineteen of the 90 players on the field posted equal or higher scores during the initial round. That number could decrease with the upcoming cut.
The top 50 and draws will come over the weekend. Several high-profile names will be looking to recover after unstable initial rounds. Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner opened with 3 out of 75 while Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau posted 4 out of 76 in more benign conditions on Thursday.
Tiger Woods will come out in the afternoon and come out with a solid 1-under 71 on Thursday.
8 in the morning
Tiger Woods is right where he wants to go in the second round of the Masters. He is in red numbers at 1 below, one of only 17 players to break the pair.
He’ll have a better idea of where he is when Woods arrives on Friday afternoon.
Sunjae Im starts the day with a one-shot lead after a 5-under 67. He’s a shot ahead of Cameron Smith, with Dustin Johnson between those two behind. Im and Johnson are first starters in the second round with stronger wind in the forecast.
Friday is also about the top 50 and draws that make the cut. This is the only specialty in which Woods has never lost the cut as a professional.
The big test for Woods is how they hold their legs. This is the first time he has run 18 holes in consecutive days since returning from his car accident 14 months ago.
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