Tiger Woods sets Masters record with unimaginable Friday at Augusta National

Despite the odds stacked against him, Tiger Woods continued to compete in the 88th Masters Tournament.

An ailing body, 40 mph winds and a long delay that led to a 23-hole day on Friday, all signs pointed to Woods giving up early.

Still, he relied on his incredible short game and superior mental fortitude to reach a record 24 consecutive Masters appearances.

“It was a long day,” Woods told ESPN’s Michael Eaves afterward.

“It was a good battle. We did really well there. I’m still on the ball game, so we have a good chance to win heading into the weekend.”

Woods resumed his first round on the 14th hole at 7:50 a.m. ET and started with a bogey. He also walked quite carefully and seemed quite stiff. Things looked very different Thursday evening.

Tiger Woods and caddy Lance Bennett embrace on the 18th green after the second round.
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Still, Woods persevered. He signed for a 1-over 73 in the first round, then quickly turned around and started the second round at 10:18 a.m. ET.

His front nine Friday was anything but consistent. He started with two straight pars and hit a great second shot for birdie on the par-4 third hole.

However, he suffered two consecutive bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes, the most difficult holes at Augusta National, and quickly fell to 2 over for the tournament.

Woods then regained his momentum on the par-3 sixth hole. I chipped in and got a birdie..

Bogeys and birdies on the seventh and eighth holes ensued, leading to a roller coaster round that vacillated between 1-over and 2-over.

He then steadied himself through the turns, making important par saves on holes 9 through 12. All of which required an incredible touch on the short game.

“I had to go up and down a few times today, but I was able to do it,” Woods said.

“A lot of my chip shots were up and down because I put them in the perfect spot. That’s understanding how this golf course plays.”

Woods knows how to play this course better than most, which is why he has won the green jacket five times. However, he uncharacteristically lost position on the 14th hole and suffered another bogey.

Then, on the next hole, Woods hit the best shot of the day, a towering 3-wood from 246 yards. He opened the par-5 15th hole in two, recording his fourth birdie of the day.

He finished with three straight pars for an even-par 72. A great round considering the scoring average is quickly approaching 75. This is something you don’t see anywhere other than the US Open.

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Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole in the second round of the 2024 Masters.
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“This golf course is going to expose all your weaknesses,” Woods said.

“The greens are fast now and the wind is blowing. Putts, chip shots, basically anything that goes in the air had to go into the wind. It was a great test.”

He fought his way through the wind to qualify, but the 15-time major champion has more on his mind than just playing this weekend.

Woods wants another win and feels like he’s put himself in a position to do so.

“I have a chance to play this weekend. I’m here. I have a chance to win a golf tournament,” Woods said.

“I’m only 8 years old again. [of Bryson DeChambeau] At this point. I don’t think anyone is running away and hiding at the moment, but it’s really a bunch of people. The way the ball moves on the green, the way the chip shot goes, that’s all you want on a golf course today. ”

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