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Tiger Woods confirms he will play 2024 Masters Tournament final round

Wade-Peeryby:Wade Peery04/13/24
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Tiger Woods has looked superhuman at several times throughout his storied career. He even managed to surprise everyone this weekend at The Masters by simply making the cut in the severely windy conditions at Augusta National. Amid some concerns he might withdraw from the tournament, Woods confirmed he will again tee it up for the final round of the tournament.

“My team will get me ready. It will be a long night and a long warmup session, but we’ll be ready,” Woods confirmed on Saturday evening.

Woods carded a 10-over par (82) in the third round, following four straight bogeys on the back nine. His total score after three rounds was 11-over. Despite that, Tiger’s signature Sunday red will again grace the grounds of Augusta National.

According to PGA TOUR Communications, the 10-over 82 was just the seventh score of 80 or higher on the PGA Tour and his third in a major (first since the first round of the 2015 U.S. Open). Woods is currently in a tie for 52nd place.

The injury that appeared to be bothering the five-time Green Jacket winner the most was his back. Woods was seen applying icy hot to his back ahead of his second round on Friday morning. Amazingly, he still managed to walk 23 holes in one day and make the cut at 1-over par.

There have been plenty of positives on the weekend for Tiger. He made his 24th consecutive cut at Augusta National, setting a new record for The Masters. That alone, is a pretty amazing accomplishment for Woods.

Woods carded a 73 in the first round and a 72 in the second round, to sit at T22 heading into Saturday’s round. But things came unglued quickly for the golf legend in the first nine holes, with Woods having three bogeys (No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9) and two doubles (holes No. 7 and 8).

There are many extremely talented golfers who aren’t playing this weekend, making the feat all the more impressive for Woods, especially considering all he’s put his body through over the years. Justin Rose shot 7-over, Jordan Spieth was 9-over, Brian Harman was 9-over, and Dustin Johnson, the former No. 1 in the world, shot 13-over par. All of those players missed the cut.

Tiger Woods powered through the elements at Augusta

For one, the conditions at Augusta National were the toughest in several years in the second round, with the tall, towering pines swirling the unpredictable winds all around the golf course. The wind routinely blew at about 20 miles per hour on Friday, with gusts kicking up to 40 miles per hour at times. The wind was so strong you could see sand getting blown out of the bunkers on the course.

According to Justin Ray of The Athletic, Friday had the highest field scoring average in Round 2 (75.08) of The Masters since 2007. It was just the fourth time in the last 30 years that the field averaged higher than 75 in the second round.

Here’s another stat from Ray that shows just how difficult the conditions were in the second round. The field scoring average at The Masters jumped from 73.43 in round one to 75.08 in round two. That’s the largest increase between the first two rounds in a single Masters since 1976 (+1.85).