AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters (all instances native):
Tiger Woods struggled to a 3-over 39 on the entrance 9 Friday however was nonetheless in good place to make the weekend in his comeback on the Masters.
Woods, who shot a 1-under 71 within the first spherical, bogeyed 4 of his first 5 holes earlier than rebounding to play the final 4 1 beneath. He was a 2-over-par on a blustery day at Augusta National the place low scores had been arduous to seek out.
Woods wasn’t in imminent hazard of lacking the minimize, which was projected at 4 over, however was six photographs off the lead held on the course by Scottie Scheffler heading into the again 9. His frustrations had been evident when he hit a foul wedge shot on the ninth gap and dropped his membership in disgust earlier than rebounding to get up-and-down for par.
Afternoon winds of 15-20 mph and gusting greater made circumstances troublesome, although the rains that got here on the eve of the match meant the greens had been nonetheless comparatively delicate.
The clubhouse lead as Woods made the flip was held by Charl Schwartzel at 3-under-par
First-round chief Sungjae Im wrestled his technique to a 2-over 74 within the second spherical of the Masters and is 3 beneath via 36 holes, tied with Charl Schwartzel for the highest spot at blustery Augusta National.
Im shot a glowing 4-under 68 in breezy circumstances on Thursday afternoon however discovered the going a bit rougher because the wind continued to select up Friday morning. He managed three birdies towards 5 bogeys to slide right into a tie with Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion.
Im bogeyed the primary gap however steadied himself with a birdie on the par-4 third. He made the flip at even par for the day however had bother on the again 9, together with a bogey on the par-5 fifteenth when his fairway steel left out the inexperienced and into the water. He recovered with a birdie on the par-3 sixteenth however a wayward drive on 18 led to 1 final bogey.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett is also at 3 beneath as he will get to the flip.
Tiger Woods has bogeyed 4 of his first 5 holes to fall to three over on the match and is at risk of lacking the minimize if he cannot flip issues round.
Augusta National is catching up with Tiger Woods.
The five-time Masters champion is off to a rocky begin within the second spherical. Woods has bogeyed three of the primary 4 holes to maneuver to 2 over for the match.
He is struggling together with his drive and his irons early on. Woods missed every of the primary two fairways and a questionable iron into the par-3 fourth landed in need of the inexperienced, resulting in a bogey.
The Masters is the one main championship the place Woods has not missed the minimize. That streak may very well be at risk if he cannot flip issues round. The high 50 gamers and ties advance to the weekend.
The projected minimize at present is 3 over, but it surely may rise with a big group of gamers nonetheless on the course and winds whipping round Augusta National.
Tiger Woods started his second spherical on the Masters with a bogey to drop again to even par for the match.
The five-time Masters champion hit his tee shot on the par-4 first right into a bunker. His strategy shot landed to the proper of the inexperienced. His ensuing pitch rolled 7 toes previous the pin and his put drifted left. He settled for a tap-in bogey.
Woods posted a stable 1-under 71 within the opening spherical in his first aggressive spherical since a automotive accident in February 2021 severely injured his proper leg.
The 46-year-old has by no means missed a minimize on the Masters. The high 50 gamers and ties advance to the weekend at Augusta National.
Charl Schwartzel navigated the breeze to submit a 3-under 69 within the second spherical of the Masters, the very best of the early wave of golfers at Augusta National.
The 2011 Masters champion is a 3 beneath for the match and in good place for the weekend.
Schwartzel put collectively 5 birdies, together with one on the par-3 sixteenth that he arrange with a ravishing tee shot to inside 4 toes. He saved par from the bushes on the par-4 18th, forking out of the entrance left bunker to 9 toes after which draining the putt.
Schwartzel wrapped up simply moments earlier than five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods was scheduled to tee off for his second spherical. Woods posted a 1-under 71 within the opening spherical.
Tiger Woods can have one fewer taking part in accomplice for the second spherical of the Masters.
Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the match. Organizers made the announcement about 90 minutes earlier than Oosthuizen was to tee off alongside Woods and Joaquin Niemann.
Oosthuizen cited an harm as the rationale. The specifics weren’t instantly introduced. He opened the match with a 4-over 76 on Thursday.
His absence means Woods and Niemann will play as a twosome for the second spherical. They would be the second-to-last group, teeing off at 1:41 p.m.
Dustin Johnson is stalking the lead early within the sound spherical of the Masters.
The 2020 Masters champion birdied the par-3 fourth gap to maneuver to minus-4, one shot behind Sungjae Im.
Johnson put collectively a tidy 3-under 69 within the opening spherical on Thursday. His started the second spherical with three straight pars earlier than hitting an iron to inside 5 toes on the fourth earlier than making the putt.
Im wobbled early, flubbing a restoration shot on the par-4 first wherein the ball failed to succeed in the inexperienced and rolled again down the hill towards his toes. He bounced again by rolling in a 24-foot birdie putt to get again to five beneath.
There has been little motion on the leaderboard among the many second spherical’s early wave, although a number of former champions are slowly making inroads. Charl Schwartzel, who gained in 2011, is 2 beneath for the day and a couple of beneath for the match via 10 holes within the second spherical. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is 2 beneath for the day and 1 beneath for the match via seven.
Five-time inexperienced jacket winner Tiger Woods is a part of the afternoon session. Woods is coming off a 1-under 71 in his first skilled occasion since a automotive accident in February 2021.
The wind is anticipated to rise throughout the second spherical on the Masters, and there is a good likelihood the scores will rise proper together with it.
The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny skies at Augusta National with sustained winds in extra of 15-20 mph all through the afternoon.
Nineteen of the 90 gamers within the area posted scores of par or higher throughout the opening spherical. That quantity may skinny with the minimize looming.
The high 50 and ties will make it to the weekend. Several high-profile names can be trying to bounce again after shaky opening rounds. Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner each opened with 3-over 75s whereas Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau posted 4-over 76s in additional benign circumstances on Thursday.
Tiger Woods will tee off within the afternoon and is coming off a stable 1-under 71 on Thursday.
Tiger Woods is true the place he needs to be heading into the second spherical of the Masters. He’s in purple numbers at 1 beneath, one in all solely 17 gamers who broke par.
He’ll have a greater thought the place he’s when Woods arrives Friday afternoon.
Sunjae Im begins the day with a one-shot lead after a 5-under 67. He is one shot forward of Cameron Smith, with Dustin Johnson amongst these two behind. Im and Johnson are early starters within the second spherical with stronger wind within the forecast.
Friday is also concerning the high 50 and ties who make the minimize. This is the one main wherein Woods has by no means missed the minimize as an expert.
The massive check for Woods is how his legs maintain up. This is his first time strolling 18 holes in consecutive days since he returned from his automotive crash 14 months in the past.
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