Tigers Woods in position to set consecutive cuts record after solid Day 1 at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods is in position to break the Masters record of 24 consecutive cuts.

He was 1 under after 13 holes in the opening round, which was interrupted by darkness on Thursday as a result of a 2¹/₂ hour weather delay due to thunderstorms.

So Woods is six shots back of Bryson DeChambeau’s lead, but faces having to play 23 holes on Friday — the last five holes of the first round and the second. Must play 2 rounds of 18 holes.

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot in the first round of the Masters on Thursday. RRob Schumacher/Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

He started the day with something a little unusual: a birdie on the first hole, something he’s struggled with many times over the years.

This is the second time Woods has opened the tournament with a birdie on No. 1, and his 26th appearance at the Masters.

“To be honest, I don’t remember the last time,” he said. “I hit my 1-3 wood really well, hit my 8-iron to about 10 or 12 feet and made the putt. Then I immediately hit my next ball almost in the hazard, playing left-handed. I got out of there and hit a great pitch off the top of the green. That was good.”

Woods was referring to the par-5 second hole, which is usually a birdie shot, and he needed to scramble for par.

“The wind was blowing all over the place,” he said of the situation. “It was one of the trickiest days I’ve ever been on. Not just the direction, but the intensity was hard to get the beat and kept switching all over the place. It was a very difficult day. ”

Asked about resuming his round at No. 14 at 7:45 a.m. Friday, Woods said, “I’m going to warm up and kind of start the round heading there. I think that’s pretty much how it’s going to go.” Told. With about 20 to 30 minutes between rounds, there will be a natural progression from the end of the first round to the continuation of the second round. ”

He said his body felt “okay.”

Tiger Woods thanked the crowd after parring six holes in the first round of the Masters.
Tiger Woods thanked the crowd after parring six holes in the first round of the Masters. Michael Madrid / USA TODAY NETWORK

Woods is now tied with three-time champion Gary Player, who made the cut 23 times in a row starting in 1959, and 1992 winner Fred Couples, whose winning streak lasted until 2007.

Woods had played only one tournament this year, the 24-hole Genesis Invitational, before he withdrew from the flu in February.

But on the Tuesday before the tournament, the 48-year-old Woods declared, “If everything goes well, I think I’ll get another one,” referring to his sixth green jacket, tying Jack Nicklaus’ record.

He was four groups out of the final bracket, playing with Max Homa at 4 under and Jason Day at even par.