Tiger Woods makes Masters cut with extraordinary return after long injury absence

The five-time Masters champion had to overcome a poor start to the set, before a top-down back nine helped him recover.

It happened on a day of thrills and twists and turns, including a hole-in-one for a veteran golfer and a player who lost his clubhead after hitting the ball.

But ultimately, Woods carded a two-for-74 to finish one in the tournament so far and ensure he plays on the weekend.

“Well, I don’t feel as good as I would like. It’s okay,” Woods told the media afterwards. “Like I said, I have a chance to get into the weekend. Hopefully I’ll have one of those light bulb moments and light it up on the weekend and make it You’ve seen guys do it with a chance in the back nine. If you’re less than five or six before the back nine, anything can happen. I gotta get there. That’s the key. I have to get there.

“Tomorrow is going to be a big day. It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be tough. Again, the wind is supposed to be blowing again and tough scoring conditions. I have to go out there and run my business and get into the red and myself. give a chance to get into that back nine on Sunday.”

Scottie Scheffler – who was recently named world No. 1 after excellent form – produced a late flurry to take the lead halfway through the Masters, to finish eight under par with a five stroke lead.

Tale of the day

Woods capped a remarkable return to golf Thursday by scoring an under-71 card in the first round at Augusta National.

Woods, 46, showed all his composure and experience to finish near the top of the standings, just four shots behind leader Im Sung-jae at the end of the day.

As he looks to complete what would be another fairy tale story and make his first appearance in a professional golf tournament since his car accident in February 2021, Woods was hoping for more of the same on day two of the 2022 Masters.

With a large crowd watching and anticipation in the air, the 15-time major winner stood up and sent his ball down the first hole, only to find the bunker to the right of the fairway.

He would eventually bogey the opening hole, bringing it back to par for the tournament.

And his slow start in the second round continued over the next two holes, saving a par on the second hole par five before missing a short putt on the third hole for his second bogey in three holes, putting him one over of s.

Unfortunately for Woods, another bogey was to follow on the par-three fourth hole, when his par putt fell inches away. According to the PGA Tourthe three-for-four tee is Woods’ worst four-hole score in 92 career rounds at the Masters.
Woods reacts to his shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Masters.

The situation got even worse for Woods, as another bogey on the fifth hole dropped him to three for the tournament.

However, from there, Woods slowly recovered. He got hard-fought pars on holes 6 and 7 before a vital birdie on the eighth hole helped him back to two over.

And the recovery has only gotten better from there, with his second-round shot so far on the 10th hole leaving him with a very short putt for a second birdie in three holes, which the resulted in one on.

But just when he seemed to be on his way back, things took a turn for the worse for Woods.

After his birdie on the 10th, he made two successive bogeys on the 11th and 12th as the wind swirled and undid his recent hard work.

However, the rollercoaster continued over the next two holes. After picking up two successive bogeys, Woods collected two successive birdies to once again position himself at one over par.

Woods was able to create some sense of stability in his round over the final four holes of his round, finishing with four straight pars to leave him with a par-74 two.

After the rocky opening he rode through – including four bogeys in five holes – it was a testament to Woods’ fighting spirit that he was able to fight back and earn a chance to compete for the green jacket over the next two days.

Woods takes his hat off after making a bogey on the 12th green.

An incredible story

No one expected Woods to play at the Masters this year.

Following a car accident in February 2021 in which he suffered serious leg injuries, he has only appeared in public on a golf course once, during the PNC Championship in December with his son Charlie. Next, Woods used a golf cart to help him get around the course.

Speculation began to mount over Woods’ participation in the tournament when his private jet was spotted landing at an airport near Augusta last week.

And a few practice rounds before Thursday’s opening round only added to the rumor mill. Woods said on Monday it would be “a game time decision” as to whether he would play at the Masters.
He confirmed his participation later in the week and was the tournament’s main draw – attracting huge swathes of patrons and media attention – as he toured the national course at Augusta.