Tiger Woods loses control of his Masters destiny
Barring something extraordinary, Tiger Woods is unlikely to complete a storybook comeback at the 2018 Masters.
“I’m going to have to shoot a special weekend and need help,” said Woods, who sits 13 strokes behind leader Patrick Reed after 36 holes. “I’m not in control of my own destiny here. I’m so far back.”
Hoping to play himself into the mix Friday afternoon, Woods got off to a bad start and never got any momentum en route to a second-round 75 that left him at 4-over and just a shot inside the cut line.
“I hit my irons awful today,” said Woods, who hit seven fairways but missed eight greens. “I didn’t control my distance, my shape, spins. I left myself in bad spots.”
The tone for his day was set on No. 1, where he bombed a 340-yard drive up the left side of the fairway to leave himself only 93 yards to the pin. His wedge, however, carried too far left and tricked down the slope and into the gallery.
“That wasn’t exactly a great start,” Woods said.
It got worse on No. 5, where his approach from wide right sailed over the green and into the shrubs leading to a penalty. He saved double bogey from the bunker but put his back against the wall.
“I hit a crap shot,” Woods said. “It was a bad shot. It was like the same shot I hit at 1 – same shot with a longer club.”
Failing again to capitalize on the front-side par 5s, Woods dug his hole further by hitting into Rae’s Creek for the second straight day on No. 12 and once again scrambling to save bogey to fall right onto the cut line at 5-over.
Not knowing exactly where he stood regarding the cut, he finally birdied the par-5s at Nos. 13 and 15 but gave a shot back at No. 16 to finish at 4-over through 36 holes.
Still, it was his first made cut in a major since finishing tied for 17th in the 2015 Masters. He kept his disappointment in perspective.
“Six months ago I didn’t know if I’d be playing golf,” he said. “Forget playing at the tour level, I didn’t know if I ever be playing again. But it’s incredible to have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course. Now I know I’m on the weekend. Even though I’m a lot behind, if I play a special weekend – shoot two rounds in the mid 60s – you never know.”