Complex second round for Tiger Woods

The day after his stunning return to competition, thirteen months after his car accident, Tiger Woods faced another rough run in the Augusta Masters, putting nine shots behind Scotty Scheffler, author of A Beautiful Breakup.

The 15 Majors winner, in search of a sixth Georgia podium to equal Jack Nicklaus’ record, returned a card of 74, two strokes over par. Which, plus -1 the day before, makes it a total of +1, to slip into 19th place.

So after roaring again on Thursday, with a first card that rewarded a very encouraging start to the tournament, Tiger was in trouble during the second day, but struggled to avoid losing the cut in Georgia, which happened to him only once in 24 posts, in 1996 when he was still How.

“I have a chance to go until the weekend. I hope to have one of those moments of grace. At 9 noon on Sunday, anything can happen. I just have to get there”his reaction was hot, compromising his physical condition: “I don’t feel as good as I’d like.”

“It was the storm”

Woods had come close to having his right leg amputated, after going off the road on February 23, 2021 near Los Angeles, with multiple open fractures that required him to insert a metal rod into his cane, and screws to connect the bones of his foot and ankle.

Friday started in the worst possible way, with four bogeys in the first five holes. In question, his extremely unstable driving in extremely windy conditions also poisoned the entire field, including the candidates. “It was a storm. It was spinning in all directions. I had a few bad bursts and I did a few bad swings”confirmed it.

Woods then managed to get back in place by making a birdie on the N.8, before placing a second on the N.10 thanks to a superb iron shot that came close to the hole.

The business appears to be picking up. But looming Amen Angle, a full-body triple from 11-12-13. And in the first two parts, he scrambled every time to get back to +3, getting dangerously close to the cut-off limit, set at +4.

Back at the wall, Woods fought to stay in the game. And at 12 and 13 he tied up his third and fourth birds of the day. He even almost put a third in a row on the N.15, and his dart landed near the hole, before settling on a par with the next one.

Reputable Scheffler

The performance is clearly unsatisfactory for those who assert themselves that he can win, versus returning after 17 months without competition – his last tournament was the 2020 Masters Championship – but overall it was not as disastrous as his start suggested.

During this time, a strange bird flew over the debaters, in the person of Scottie Scheffler. The 25-year-old American, who still holds three wins in Phoenix, in Arnold Palmer, in the World Championships (WGC) to play matches, and celebrates in Augusta with World No. 1 status, aiming to win his first major tournament, was phenomenal.

He chained four sparrows between N.12 and N.16 (seven in total making two spooks forget in the first three holes), for a score of 67 (-5) and a total of -8.

“I played golf really well. I put myself in a good position. I just have to keep going,” Quietly hung the American, who leads by five lengths (the largest gap in the event is a 36-hole draw) Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, defending champion, South Korea’s Sunjae M, leader the day before, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and South Africa’s Charles Schwarzel, the 2011 winner.

Finally, even if he wasn’t allowed to cross chops, like Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele or Bryson DeChambeau, the anonymous Stewart Cink featured a single-hole signature on the N.16.

golf. Augusta Masters: A complicated second round for Tiger Woods

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