AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – The numbers on his first two scorecards aren’t what he and many others had hoped, but Tiger Woods will play the weekend at the Masters.
On a breezy day at Augusta National, Woods added a 75 to his opening 73 and stands at 4-over par, a distant 13 strokes behind 36-hole leader Patrick Reed. The cut fell at 5 over.
“I hit it well off the tee, but I was awful with my irons,” Woods said. “I didn’t control my distance, my shape. I left myself in bad spots. The only good iron that I hit all day was on 4. The wind laid down and I hit it over the fifth tee. Kind of summed up the whole day. I hit a lot of beautiful putts and didn’t make any of them.”
After opening with bogey and saving par following his overcooked tee shot on the par-3 fourth, Woods made double bogey on No. 5 after yanking his approach into the thick greenery left of the green. He turned in 39 before rinsing his tee shot on the par-3 12th in Rae’s Creek for the second consecutive day. He saved bogey there and birdied both back-nine par-5s before bogeying the par-3 16th.
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Despite his inconsistency, Woods chose to look at the positive after his round.
“Six months ago I didn’t know if I’d be playing golf,” he said. “Forget playing at the Tour level – I didn’t know if I’d ever be playing again. But it’s incredible to have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course. Now I know I’m (here) on the weekend. Even though I’m a lot behind, if I play a special weekend, shoot two rounds in the mid-60s, you never know.”
The Tiger of old was capable of such feats, but the 42-year-old, surgically repaired version seems a long shot to surge into contention this weekend. Still, playing partner Tommy Fleetwood observed enough positives from Woods over the past two days to give golf fans hope that the 14-time major winner is on the right track.
“He holed nothing, but I loved the way he putted,” Fleetwood said. “I liked the way he moved the ball. He moved it both ways and had good control.”