Tiger Woods embarked on his search for a sixth Masters jacket relatively well despite having been out of action for more than 500 days. A gross score of +1 after 36 holes was enough to secure Woods a place in the weekend rounds as the former world no.1 made the cut at Augusta for a record 22nd consecutive time.
The 46-year-old 15 times majors winner goes in to today’s round in position T19, nine shots behind the leader Scottie Scheffler, as he attempts to equal the record of 16 majors held by Jack Nicklaus. Augusta has always been one of Woods favourite hunting grounds where he won his first major 25years ago and is also the venue of his last majors triumph in 2019. He will be swimming against the tide, though, granted that since 2006 the winner of The Masters has been in the top-10 after round one apart from 2019 when Tiger Woods won from position T11.
Scheffler carded a brilliant five under 67 in the second to match the largest 36-hole lead in the tournament’s history. All seems to be going in favour of Scheffler as he became the third reigning world number one player to lead at The Masters after 36 holes, a feat only achieved by Greg Norman in 1996 and Dustin Johnson in 2020. He will be motivated by the fact that four players- Herman Keiser, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Jordan Spieth- who have previously held a five stroke advantage after 36 holes went on to win the title.
It was a sad ending for some familiar names as they failed to rise to the occasion at Augusta. Past winner Jordan Spieth, four majors champion Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose could not beat the +4 cutline after the opening two rounds. All the six amateurs playing at Augusta this week did not make the cut. The best placed were Keita Nakajima, the No. 1 amateur in the world, and Austin Greaser who shot an identical +7 gross.
The dream lives on for Rory McIlroy and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama. McIlroy made the cut on +2 to keep alive his dream of clinching a career grand slam even though he is 10 shots off the pace. Matsuyama in T2 position on -3 will become only the fourth player to successfully defend the title in event’s 86 year- old history if he wins this week.
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The Masters Tournament broadcast details
Saturday 9 April
17:15: Day 3, second feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
17:30: Day 3, early coverage – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
22:00: Day 3, main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
Sunday 10 April
17:15: Day 4, second feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
17:30: Day 4, early coverage – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
21:00: Day 4, main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf