AUGUSTA, Ga. — Scottie Scheffler missed a birdie putt on the last hole last Friday but still shot a 5-under 67 to take a five-shot lead at the Masters. Tiger Woods had a day of ups and downs but managed to post a 2-over-74 on Friday to see through the weekend.
World No. 1 Scheffler bogeyed two of his first three holes but did little else wrong to finish 36 holes with an 8-under 136. Charl Swartzel, Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama took second place with 3 under.
The five-shot lead ties the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters. Four others had the same lead and all won, including Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Scheffler was playing his third Masters and conquered Augusta National in a day where the point average was 74.6. He made seven birdies on the last 15 holes after opening with a bogey on #1 and adding another on the third hole.
His game continues a remarkable year that has seen him rise to #1 in the leaderboard. Scheffler won in Phoenix this year, then competed in the Arnold Palmer Invitational before winning the Match Play tournament last month.
Woods, who shot 71 in his opening round on his comeback from injuries sustained in a car accident, faltered early in the second round but managed to bounce back in the back nine to finish two rounds 1-for-145.
That was good enough to make the cut, even though Woods is nine shots from the lead and in . Tie for the 19th
Woods bogeyed four of his first five holes to make the turn on 39. But he screwed the 10th hole from close range and made two more birdies that came in to cancel out two bogeys.
Scheffler, who shot 69 in his opening round, was 5-under for the day and 8-under for the 16-hole tournament. He was five shots ahead of a quartet of players at 3 under.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/scottie-scheffler-grabs-lead-at-masters-tiger-woods-makes-cut/ Scottie Scheffler takes the lead at the Masters, Tiger Woods makes the cut