Friday at the 79th Masters Tournament Tiger Woods sent a message early that he planned on sticking around for the weekend.
Woods, who won the masters tournament for the fourth time ten-years ago today, put himself in reasonably good shape to make the cut after grinding out a one over 73 on his opening round on Thursday. The beleaguered golfer hadn’t played in a tournament in over two months.
Thursday, Woods’s suspect short game appeared remedied, however, he scattered his driver periodically throughout the day short circuiting any chance for him to go low.
Friday on the enormously difficult 445-yard first hole, Tea Olive, Woods launched a 285-yard drive, a piercing seven iron approach shot to seven feet, then drained the putt for a birdie.
Woods finished the front side of his second round with a two under par 34, notching two more birdies. On hole number seven the 14-time Majors winner sank a 27-foot putt for a three on the 450-yard par four. A 317-foot drive set up his birdie on the par-five eighth hole. Woods suffered one bogey at the 180-yard par-three sixth hole, failing to get his chip from off the green up and down.
On the back nine Tiger birdied the challenging 11th hole, White Dogwood, with a ridiculous 388-yard drive into the trees, but managed to throw a dart at the pin to five feet and make the putt. Tiger pared in the rest of the way for a 69 and two under for the tournament, ensuring himself tee times, and CBS ratings, for Saturday and Sunday.