After having a near death experience after a car accident in February of 2021, 14 months later, golfs chosen one, Tiger Woods, is back in the limelight at one of golf’s most prestigious tournament, the Masters, after a roller coaster Friday that saw him get off to a poor start before a back nine helped him tie for 19th place with a two-over 74 to secure his place this weekend, despite cool, windy conditions. This is a man who had a rod inserted into his right leg after suffering multiple open fractures, and couldn’t walk for months.
Woods heads into the weekend with an optimistic approach before heading into the weekend with his Saturday tee time scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern time when he stated "Well, I don't feel as good as I would like to feel. That's ok, As I said, I've got a chance going into the weekend. Hopefully I'll have one of those light bulb moments and turn it on in the weekend and get it done. You've seen guys do it with a chance going into the back nine. If you are within five or six going into the back nine, anything can happen. I need to get myself there. That's the key. I need to get myself there.”
He continued with "Tomorrow will be a big day. It's going to be cool. It's going to be tough. Again, the wind is supposed to blow again and tough scoring conditions. I need to go out there and handle my business and get into the red and get myself a chance going into that back nine on Sunday."
Scottie Scheffler, who is ranked No.1 in the world, showed exactly why, producing a late burst with a five-under par 67 on Friday to skyrocket to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway point of the Masters with an overall score of an eight-under par 136 to pair with a five-stroke lead, and a record after 36 holes to take a commanding five shot lead over the field. Scheffler comes into the tournament winning three of his last five tournaments.
If Woods, a five time Masters Champion, and 15-time majors champion overall were to win this tournament, he would have to miraculously make up for nine holes back of Scheffler which is no easy feat to achieve. However, the fact Woods is even playing competitive golf again after what he has been through, and the fact he’s holding his own against this level of competition after 14 months of not competing, shows how truly special and resilient he is, despite being down nine holes. Don’t count out, in many people’s mind, the greatest golfer ever just yet, as he has been in a deficit before, being down seven strokes back in 2005 to ultimately comeback and win his fourth green jacket after he started that weekend 3-over 74