Tiger Woods sets Masters record with 24th straight made cut at Augusta National after 72 in Round 2

For the 24th consecutive Masters, Tiger Woods has played himself into the weekend. The five-time champion got around a blustery Augusta National Golf Club in an even-par fashion on Friday to shoot a 36-hole total of 1-over 145 and pull himself ahead of Fred Couples and Gary Player for the longest made cut streak at the year’s first major championship.

Despite the score, Woods’ second round was anything but level, at least early. Making a pair of pars out the gate, the 48-year-old experienced numerous exchanges of birdies and bogeys across his first nine. A birdie on the short par-4 3rd was immediately offset by dropped shots on his next two.

Woods was in danger of taking on more water when he missed the green on the par-3 6th, but as it has all week, his short game came to his rescue. Chipping from just below the putting surface, Woods’ second rolled like a putt and found the bottom of the cup just like one for a birdie.

Woods’ mini heroics on the 6th were undone by a bogey on the 7th before yet another birdie on the par-5 8th. A beautiful save on the tricky ninth saw Tiger play his first nine in even par with three birdies, three pars and three bogeys. This up-and-down nature of his round subsided across the inward half as he set his sights on another entry in the record books.

Getting past the difficult 10th, the 15-time major champion once again showed off around the 11th green. Erring on the side of caution, he left his second long and right of the putting surface. From below the green, Woods once again hit a stunner to save par and kicked off an even-par trip around Amen Corner for the second straight day.

Tiger dropped a shot on the 14th but immediately made amends with perhaps his best full swing of the tournament. With a 3 wood in hand at the top of the hill, Woods unleashed a towering draw into the par-5 15th and found the green in two to set up an eagle opportunity. While the big bird did not land, another birdie did for Woods, pulling him back to even on his round and 1 over for the tournament, well inside the projected cut line.

Three pars to end put a bow on Woods’ 72, which marks his first round of par or better at Augusta National since the first round of the 2022 tournament when he opened with a 1-under 71.

While his short game did most of the work the first two days, his 22 fairways hit through 36 holes mark the most for Tiger at the Masters since 1999.

No one has been better than Woods around Augusta National — or in the game of golf — since that year. He has five green jackets to show for his immense play in Augusta, Georgia, and now he has the ultimate sign of consistency in the game belonging to him and him alone.

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