Justin Thomas : As Tiger Woods finished his second round at a rain-soaked Augusta National and left the 18th green, his situation appeared bleak.
At that moment, he had just completed a bogey on the 18th hole, adding to his bogey on 17th, leaving him at 3-over par, a stroke away from the Masters cutline.
A fascinating turn of events unfolded as Tiger’s good friend Justin Thomas encountered difficulties while playing behind him. Justin’s struggles moved the cutline from 2-over to 3-over par, enabling Tiger not only to advance to the final 36 holes but also to match the record for the most consecutive cuts made in the tournament’s history, standing at 23 in a row.
Tiger Woods, who has never failed to make the Masters cut as a professional, equaled the record of his close friend Fred Couples and golf legend Gary Player with his 23 consecutive cuts in the tournament.
“I’ve always had a great fondness for this golf course, and participating in this event is always a joy for me,” Woods stated before being informed of his advancement to the third round. “Although I’ve had to miss a few cuts due to injuries in the past, I’ve always wanted to come back and play here. I adore this course, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play during the weekend.”
On Friday, when the second-round play was interrupted due to hazardous weather conditions, Woods was on the 12th tee. He commenced his play on Saturday with a magnificent shot onto the 12th green, landing only four feet away from the hole.
Despite being 2-over at the time, Woods missed the putt and failed to take advantage of his impressive approach shot.
Speaking about his performance on the 12th hole, Woods remarked, “It was a decent shot, measuring 145 yards. Joe (LaCava, his caddie) had obtained the number yesterday, which was useful. We had practiced it a few times on the range and felt comfortable with it. I struck a good shot, but unfortunately, I putted terribly and pulled it.”
Woods managed to recover by birdying the par-5 15th hole, which brought him to 1-over and gave him some breathing room. However, he relinquished that advantage by committing bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes.
Recalling his performance on the 15th hole, Woods remarked, “At least this time, the ball didn’t fall into the water after hitting the flagstick,” alluding to the 2013 Masters, when he had encountered a similar situation. “So that was a relief. I made a great putt there, but unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the game strongly.”
After the cut was determined, the third round of the tournament commenced on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The players were split into groups of three and started from both the first and tenth holes.
Tiger Woods, who is 47 years old and has won the Masters championship five times, was grouped with Thomas Pieters and Sungjae Im for the final round, and they teed off from the 10th hole.
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