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Tiger Woods has made the Masters cut for the 24th time in a row


Tiger Woods claimed more history at the August National on Friday, making the cut for the 24th consecutive time.

Of course, his sights were set on an even bigger goal – a record-tying sixth green jacket.

Woods broke the cut record shared by three-time champion Gary Player, who advanced 23 times on the weekend starting in 1959, and 1992 winner Fred Couples, whose own streak lasted until 2007.

“It means I have a chance going into the weekend,” said Woods, whose even-par 72 left him at 1 over through 36 holes. “I'm here. I have a chance to win the golf tournament. I don't know if they're all going to finish today, but I'm done. I've got my two rounds. Just need some food and something. Caffeine, and I'll be good to go.”

Before the tourney started, Woods' odds of making the cut were +110, while his odds of winning outright were +14000. Now, his odds of winning the tournament have reduced slightly to +12500. From a betting perspective, Tiger still remains a long shot.

It was a scary day for the five-time Masters champion, even more so considering the 48-year-old has endured numerous injuries, countless surgeries and a devastating car wreck that nearly destroyed his right leg.

Woods returned to the course before sunrise to finish the final five holes of his opening round, which was cut in darkness after a storm delayed the start of the tournament for 2 1/2 hours Thursday morning.

He made a couple of bogeys to complete a 73, then had less than an hour to rest for 18 more holes.

With the wind picking up again at Augusta National, Woods had to make all sorts of jibes to compensate for one wayward approach shot after another. But he continued to pull off nifty chips and clutch putts to keep his score safely above the cut line, which was estimated at 4 over when he finished his round.

“I had to go up and down a few times today and I was able to do it,” Woods said. “A lot of those chip shots I was able to get up and down because I put it in the perfect spot, and that's just understanding how to play this golf course. … I was in a perfect spot most of the ups and downs.”

Woods went through six straight holes before the turn where he made nothing but birdie or bogey, but he settled down a bit on the back nine with a solo bogey at the 14th — where his approach from 150 yards went into the back gallery green — and a two-putt birdie. After clearing the pond with two booming shots on the par-5 15th.

Woods could face a daunting deficit heading into the weekend, with leader Bryson DeChambeau at 7 under with three holes remaining.

But Woods still thinks he has a chance to equal Jack Nicholls' record of six green jackets.

“I'm right there,” he said. “I don't think anybody's going to run away and hide right now, but it's really a bunch. The way the ball is going on the green, the chip shots are being blown, that's what you want on the golf course.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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