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AUGUSTA, USA — Tiger Woods navigated through several difficulties to post a 74 (+2) card in the second round of the Masters Tournament. He is currently at +1 overall, which temporarily places him in 19th position.
Woods had the worst start to a round of his career on the fairways of Augusta National with four bogeys on the first five holes. He was able to climb the slope with a birdie in the 8th and a cumulative 35 on his second nine.
“The course was the biggest challenge today. The wind was blowing, there were gusts, it was spinning all over the place,” Woods said moments after his round.
Windy conditions, erratic tee shots and a few short misfire putts made Woods’ round more difficult than he would have liked.
“A few of my shots caught in the wind and I also had a few bad swings. At 4andI found myself in a hole. What could have happened worse?! “, ironically launched Woods at the microphone of ESPN.
The day before, Woods had got off to a good start, thirteen months after the car accident that nearly cost him his right leg, finishing his first round with a cumulative -1.
Woods is well aware of the success of Scottie Scheffler, who has built a comfortable lead heading into the final rounds. The first player in the world rankings delivered a card of 67 – the best of the day – to bring his cumulative to minus 8, which puts him five strokes ahead of his closest pursuers. Woods is nine strokes behind Scheffler.
“I have a chance on the weekend,” Woods believes. “It will be chilly on Saturday. It will be difficult. The Augusta National course will be harder, drier and faster. It will be a big challenge. »
Asked about his physical health, Woods couldn’t help but burst out laughing.
“I don’t feel as good as I would like! It’s OK. I still have a chance. I hope to have a stroke of genius this weekend to win. “, he launched.
Even if the task looks colossal, Woods remains convinced that he can afford a chance to get his hands on a sixth Green Jacket this Sunday.
“I just have to have a chance on the back nine on Sunday. Even five or six strokes behind, anything can happen. I just have to get there. »
Tiger Woods Day
As in the first round, Woods’ tee shot on the first hole was missed on the right. After placing his ball in the bunker on his second shot, the American was unable to save his par on a putt of a dozen feet.
Woods also got his tee shot into a bunker on the par-5 2nd hole. He was forced to settle for par after he grazed the cup with his birdie putt.
Trouble for Tiger early in round 2
Woods’ troubles continued on the 3rd hole when he was caught out in the wind on his second shot. He once again missed the putt that would have allowed him to save par to slip to +1 for the tournament.
Then, on the par 3 of the 4th hole, Woods missed the green on his tee shot before leaving his approach a considerable distance from the goal. He again committed a bogey, his third in four holes to start his round.
It’s the first time in 93 rounds at the Masters that Woods is +3 after just four holes.
The difficult 5th hole cost another shot for Woods who once again missed his tee shot to the right. After getting back into play, Woods’ third shot ended up about ten feet from the hole, but again the putt to save par grazed the edge of the hole.
Woods stabilized his round by going par on the 6th and 7th holes to stay at +3 for the tournament.
The 46-year-old golfer took advantage of the par-5 8th hole to score his first birdie of the day. Woods was able to put his second shot close to the green, before setting his approach a few feet from the hole to easily allow him to birdie.
In the 9th, Woods dropped his stick behind his back after hitting his second shot. Despite his disappointment, he was able to save par to post a score of 39 on his front nine.
Woods started his second nine in fine fashion. On the difficult 10th hole, the five-time tournament champion placed his approach just two feet from the cup to roar the crowd gathered around the green. After hitting the short birdie, Woods returned to +1 for the tournament.
It was Woods’ first birdie on the 10th since the final round of the 2013 Masters.
Unfortunately, Woods erased the work done on the next hole with a bogey on the 11th. Again, his short putt for par didn’t find the line to end up at the bottom of the cup.
On the mythical 12th, a short par 3, Woods also had to settle for a bogey, his sixth of the day. Woods completed the “Amen Corner” with a perfectly made hole on the 13th to give himself a short birdie chance and return to +2.
Woods continued his momentum by making a high quality approach with his second shot on the 14th. He perfectly negotiated the putt for the birdie to return to +1, which temporarily placed him in 20th position.
In the 16th, Woods gave himself a good chance to return to par after a good tee shot that lodged up the slope before heading for the pennant. However, the putt for the birdie just missed the target on the left.
Woods ended his round in the right direction with strong pars on his last two holes of the day to bring home a 74 (+2) card.
Summary of the second round of the Masters Tournament
Several brilliant shots despite the conditions
Tiger Woods has the crowd roaring in the 10th!