Masters 2022: Tiger Woods fights to stay in hunt at Augusta National | Golf News

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Tiger Woods faltered early but fought to keep his comeback alive after serious leg injuries amid gusty winds that wreaked havoc in Friday’s Masters second round. The 15-time major champion shot a par-74 two-man roller coaster to tie for 19th on a par-74 after 36 holes at Augusta National, nine adrift of leader Scottie Scheffler but just four behind second-place finisher. “I have a chance before the weekend,” Woods said. “I hope I have one of those light bulb moments, turn it on and do it.

“On the back nine on Sunday, anything can happen. I just have to get on with it.”

World No. 1 Scheffler, seeking his first major title, tied the day’s low round of 67 to stand on 136 with a five-shot lead, tying the biggest 36-hole advantage in the history of the Masters.

“I wouldn’t say a lot of changes,” Scheffler said. “I played good golf. I got into position. I have to keep doing what I’m doing.”

A runner-up group included South African Charl Schwartzel, 2011 Masters champion, 18-hole leader Im Sung-jae of South Korea, Irishman Shane Lowry and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

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“It was one of my best rounds of my career,” said 2019 British Open champion Lowry. “It was quite tricky there, quite difficult.”

Woods, back in action 14 months after a horrific car crash, played just three strokes behind the leaders but made four bogeys on the first five holes.

“It was windy. It was windy, swirling everywhere,” Woods said. “I had a few bad bursts and made a few bad swings.

“Then at four, I found myself in a divot. It was almost, ‘What else could go wrong?'”

He was in danger of missing the cut despite a solid opening 71, but rallied to carry his charge back into the weekend as he chased a record sixth Masters crown.

“I got back into the ball game,” Woods said. “Tomorrow is going to be tough.

“It’s going to be faster, drier, faster, and it’s going to be a great test.”

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Woods will rely on therapists and ice baths to control leg swelling and prepare to play again.

“My team did a hell of a job getting the body ready,” Woods said. “After I go break it there, they go ahead and fix it at night.”

After the dismal start, Woods jumped two feet and tapped for a birdie at the par-5 eighth, saved the par six-footer at nine and tapped three-footer for a birdie at the 10th.

Woods missed a par eight-foot putt on the 11th, then found a bunker on the par-3 12th and missed a par 12-foot putt.

He responded by making a three-foot birdie putt at the par-5 13, curling in a nine-foot birdie at 14 and then closing with four pars to make a 22nd straight Masters Cup.

Even as Woods struggled, the 46-year-old legend drew a crowd of fans.

After being hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months, rehabilitation work has allowed the medical marvel to make an epic return to an iconic setting, even though his gait is affected by a no longer functioning right ankle. .

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“He will never move like before again,” he said.

McIlroy 10 back

Woods, ranked 973rd, started in the penultimate group alongside Chilean Joaquin Niemann after 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa withdrew with injury.

He missed par seven-foot putts on the first and third holes, missed the green on the par-3 fourth on the way to the bogey and found trees from the tee to the bogey on the fifth.

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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, looking for a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, shot a second straight 73 to stand on 146. McIlroy hasn’t won a major title since 2014.

Those who missed the cut on 148 included four-time major winner Brooks Koepka and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth on 150, Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele on 151 and 2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau on 156.

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