Tiger Woods breaks Masters record as PGA Tour legend makes cut at Augusta National

Tiger Woods secured a spot for the weekend at the Masters Tournament this week, cementing his legacy at Augusta National once again.

After securing his spot for the weekend after the conclusion of his second round on Friday, Tiger Woods broke the record for the most consecutive cuts made at the Masters Tournament.

This week marks Woods’ second appearance of the season at Augusta National, but he has already proven he will be competitive over the full 72 holes by landing on the correct side of the halfway-point cut. At the first major championship of the year, the five-time champion, who is one-over-par for the week, made his 24th consecutive cut.

By doing this, he surpasses two other legendary Augusta players, Fred Couples and Gary Player, with 23 cuts made—a record he shared a year prior before being forced to withdraw due to injury before round three.

Despite his well-documented struggles with fitness, Woods appears much more at ease on his feet this time around. Even though he made it to the weekend, his body was tested on Friday after he had to play 23 holes on Thursday because of a rain delay.

After a short turnaround, the 82-time PGA Tour winner went back out on the course for round two. He finished his first round at 8:00 a.m. local time. Woods more than held his own despite the difficult task, matching his opening one-over 73 with a level-par 72.

The 15-time major champion had a wild start to round two, making three birdies and three bogeys in his first nine holes. But after the turn, he steadied himself in classic Woods fashion.

His only mistake on his back nine came from a bogey at the fourteenth, but this was swiftly erased when he made a flawless birdie at the fifteenth. Now, Woods’ goal will be to finish all 72 holes, which has shown to be a challenging task for the American in recent times.

Only three times in his career has Woods participated in all four rounds of a tournament since sustaining potentially fatal injuries in a car accident in February 2021. Though he appears more at ease, the 48-year-old has never concealed his ongoing struggle with his physique.

His most recent setback was an ankle injury that prevented him from competing in the Masters last year. The injury has since undergone extensive treatment. Prior to the tournament, he stated, “Well, the ankle doesn’t hurt anymore.”

It’s combined. It is not going to disappear. That’s okay, then. My other body parts now have to bear the brunt of it.” Later, he grinned and said, “I hurt every day. I hurt. No, I hurt all the time. And I like it hot, muggy, and warm. Furthermore, I’m certain that some thunderstorms will occur. It will be hot, at least. Nothing like it did the year before.”

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