Tiger Woods is in the conversation at the Masters and here is what is happening

Tiger Woods is in the conversation at the Masters and here is what is happening

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods isn’t just back, he’s in the conversation at the 86th Masters. He opened with a methodical 1-under 71 in the opening round Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

He had an early tee time Thursday. He heads out in the late wave Friday, alongside Joaquin Niemann. The third in the group, Louis Oosthuizen, withdrew before the second round began with an injury. Woods left the course Thursday tied for 10th and 4 behind the lead. On Friday, anything can happen. He could make a charge, move to the middle of the pack or be in a fight to make the cut.

We follow every step he takes on Day 2 at the Masters:

What awaits him

The sun is out. The wind is up. The conditions are perfect at Augusta National. When Woods arrives for his 1:41 pm ET tee time, these are the pin locations he’ll try to navigate.

No. 1: Par 4, 445 yards

The first remained a problem for Woods. Just like in the first round, Woods was wide right off the tee. A day earlier, he was short of the bunker. This time, the ball made it there. His approach missed the green, forcing an early test of the short game that struggled he struggled with on Thursday. He failed to convert and opened his round with a bogey for the 23rd time. He now stands 17 over during his career on the first hole at Augusta National.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 over

Total for the tournament: Even

No. 2: Par 5, 575 yards

Woods decided on a different approach at the second, but got the same result. Instead of going with 3-wood, as he did Thursday, he chose driver and found his second consecutive fairway bunker in Round 2. From there, everything looked familiar — layup, so-so pitch, missed putt. He has not taken advantage of the par 5s so far at this Masters.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 over

Total for the tournament: Even

No. 3: Par 4, 350 yards

Woods went conservative off the tee, opting for an iron. In perfect position, the wind grabbed his approach and pushed it right of the green. Just like at the first, he could not get up and down. This time a 7-footer for by slid by on the low side. A rough start, especially with the four-hole stretch that begins at the par-3 fourth.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 2 over

Total for the tournament: 1 over

No. 4: Par 3: 240 yards

Another misfired iron from Woods required him to come up with some short-game magic. And he didn’t have any – again. His 30-footer to save by came up two rolls short. Woods hoped to make a move up the leaderboard on Friday. Instead, with three bogeys in four holes, he has to right things or the conversation will turn to whether he can make the cut.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 3 over

Total for the tournament: 2 over

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