Complicated second round for Tiger Woods

The day after his surprising return to competition, thirteen months after his car accident, Tiger Woods experienced a lopsided second round at the Augusta Masters, scoring nine shots behind Scottie Scheffler, author of a beautiful breakaway.

The 15-time Major winner, seeking a 6th Georgia crown to equal Jack Nicklaus’ record, returned a 2-over-par 74. Which, combined with his -1 from the day before, makes him a total of +1, to slide down to 19th position.

So after roaring again on Thursday, with a first card that rewarded a highly encouraging start to the tournament, the Tiger was in trouble during this second day, but struggled not to miss the cut in Georgia, which happened only once in 24 shares. , in 1996 when he was still an amateur.

“I have the opportunity to go at the end of the weekend. I hope to have one of those moments of grace. On Sunday’s back nine, anything can happen. I just have to get there.”he reacted vehemently, conceding, about his physical state: “I don’t feel as good as I would like.”

“It was the storm”

Woods nearly had his right leg amputated after he drove off the road on February 23, 2021 near Los Angeles, with multiple open fractures that required a metal bar inserted into his tibia and screws to fix it. consolidate the tibia bones. foot and ankle.

He started his Friday in the worst possible way, with four bogeys in the first five holes. In question, his very unstable driving in very windy conditions that also poisoned the entire field, including the favorites. “It was the storm. She was spinning in all directions. I had some bad flurries and took some bad swings.”he confirmed.

After which, Woods was able to get back into position by birdieing the No.8, before putting a second on the No.10 thanks to a superb iron shot that ran aground very close to the hole.

So business seemed to be picking up. But the Amen corner, the full-fledged triptych of 11-12-13, was coming. And in the first two segments, he bogeyed each time to get back to +3, dangerously close to the cutoff limit of +4.

With his back to the wall, Woods struggled to stay in the game. And at N.12 and 13 he chained his 3rd and 4th birdies of the day. He even came close to hitting a third in a row on the No.15, missing his putt near the hole, before settling for par on the following.

Scheffler redeemable

A clearly unsatisfactory performance for those who claimed to be able to win, for his return after 17 months without competing -his last tournament was the 2020 Masters-, but ultimately not as catastrophic as his start suggested.

During this time, a strange bird flew over the debates, in the person of Scottie Scheffler. The 25-year-old American, who has three victories in Phoenix, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at the World Championship (WGC) match-play, and celebrates his status as world N.1 in Augusta, with the aim of winning a first Grand Slam, was formidable.

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

“I played solid golf. I put myself in a good position. I just have to keep going like this.” commented soberly the American, who leads by five lengths (greatest difference of the event matched after 36 holes) to the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, current champion, the South Korean Sungjae Im, leader the day before, the Irishman Shane Lowry and the South African Charl Schwartzel. , winner in 2011.

Finally, although he was not allowed to cross the cut, like Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele or Bryson DeChambeau, the unknown Stewart Cink distinguished himself by signing a hole in one in the N.16.

Golf. Augusta Masters: a complicated second round for Tiger Woods