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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The latest news on the Masters (all local times):

Tiger Woods struggled to a 3 of 39 on the front nine on Friday but was still in good position to make the weekend when he returned to the Masters.

Woods, who shot 1-under 71 in the first round, missed four of his first five holes before bouncing back to play the final four 1-unders. He was a 2 over par on a windy day at Augusta National where low scores were hard to come by.

Woods was in no imminent danger of missing the cut, which was projected 4 over, but was six shots off the lead held on the course by Scottie Scheffler before the back nine. His frustrations were evident when he hit a bad corner shot on the ninth hole and dropped his club in disgust before bouncing up and down for par.

Afternoon winds of 15-20mph and higher gusts made conditions difficult, although rains which arrived on the eve of the tournament meant the greens were still relatively soft.

The clubhouse lead as Woods made the turn was held by Charl Schwartzel at 3 under par

First-round leader Sungjae Im battled his way to a 2-of-74 in the second round of the Masters and is 3-under over 36 holes, tied with Charl Schwartzel for first upwind of Augusta National.

I shot a sparkling 4 under 68 in windy conditions on Thursday afternoon, but found it a little more difficult as the wind continued to pick up Friday morning. He had three birdies against five bogeys to slip level with Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion.

I bogeyed the first hole but stabilized with a birdie on the par-4 third. He made the turn evenly matched for the day but had trouble on the back nine, including a bogey on the par-5 15th when his fairway metal jumped onto the green and into the water. He recovered with a birdie at the par-3 16th, but a temperamental drive at the 18th led to a final bogey.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett is also 3 under as he comes to the bend.

Tiger Woods missed four of his first five holes to drop to 3 on the tournament and risks missing the cup if he can’t turn the tide.

Augusta National catches up with Tiger Woods.

The five-time Masters champion is off to a rocky start to the second round. Woods bogeyed three of the first four holes to make it 2 for the tournament.

He struggled with his training and his irons early on. Woods missed each of the first two fairways and a questionable iron in the par-3 fourth landed short of the green, leading to a bogey.

The Masters is the only major championship where Woods hasn’t missed the cut. That streak could be in jeopardy if he can’t turn things around. Top 50 players and ties advance to the weekend.

The expected reduction is currently 3, but it could increase with a large group of players still on the course and winds whipping Augusta National.

Tiger Woods started his second round at the Masters with a bogey to tie for the tournament.

The five-time Masters champion hit his tee shot par-4 first into a bunker. His approach shot lands to the right of the green. His ensuing pitch rolled 7 feet past the pin and his putt drifted to the left. He settled for a tap-in bogey.

Woods posted a solid 1-under 71 in the first round of his first competitive round since a car crash in February 2021 seriously injured his right leg.

The 46-year-old has never missed a cup at the Masters. The top 50 players and ties will qualify for the weekend at Augusta National.

Charl Schwartzel sailed in the breeze to post a 3-under 69 in the second round of the Masters, the best of golfers first wave at Augusta National.

The 2011 Masters champion is a 3 under for the tournament and in good shape for the weekend.

Schwartzel birdied five, including one on the par-3 16th he set up with a nice tee shot from within 4 feet. He saved the par from the trees on the par-4 18, splashing out of the left front bunker at 9 feet, then draining the putt.

Schwartzel finished moments before five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods set off for his second round. Woods posted a 1-under 71 in the first round.

Tiger Woods will have one less playing partner for the second round of the Masters.

Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the tournament. Organizers made the announcement around 90 minutes before the start from Oosthuizen alongside Woods and Joaquin Niemann.

Oosthuizen cited injury as the reason. Details were not immediately announced. He opened the tournament with a 4 of 76 on Thursday.

His absence means Woods and Niemann will play as a duo for the second round. They will be the penultimate group, departure at 1:41 p.m.

Dustin Johnson leads early in the sound round of the Masters.

The 2020 Masters champion birdied the par-3 fourth hole to move to under-4, one stroke behind Sungjae Im.

Johnson put together a nice 3-under 69 in the first round on Thursday. He started the second round with three straight pars before hitting an iron within 5 feet in the fourth before making the putt.

I faltered early, first missing a par-4 recovery shot in which the ball failed to reach the green and rolled back down the hill towards his feet. He bounced back rolling in a 24-foot birdie putt to return to 5 under.

There has been little movement in the standings among the first wave of the second round, although several former champions are making slow progress. Charl Schwartzel, who won in 2011, is 2 under for the day and 2 under for the tournament through 10 holes in the second round. Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion, has 2 cents for the day and 1 cent for the tournament until age seven.

Five-time Green Jacket winner Tiger Woods is part of the afternoon session. Woods is coming off a 1-under 71 in his first pro event since a car crash in February 2021.

The wind is expected to pick up in the second round of the Masters, and chances are the scores will rise with it.

The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny skies at Augusta National with sustained winds in excess of 15 to 20 mph throughout the afternoon.

Nineteen of the 90 players on the field posted scores of par or better in the first round. This number could decrease with the impending cut.

The top 50 and ties will go to the weekend. Several high profile names will be looking to bounce back from shaky early rounds. Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner both opened with 3 of 75 while Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau posted 4 of 76 in milder conditions Thursday.

Tiger Woods will tee off in the afternoon and is coming off a solid 1-under 71 on Thursday.

Tiger Woods is exactly where he wants to go in the second round of the Masters. He is in red numbers at 1 under, one of 17 players who broke par.

He’ll have a better idea of ​​where he is when Woods arrives Friday afternoon.

Sunjae Im starts the day with a one stroke lead after a 5-under 67. He’s one step ahead of Cameron Smith, with Dustin Johnson among those two behind. Im and Johnson are early starters in the second round with stronger winds in the forecast.

Friday is also the top 50 and ties that make the cut. It’s the only major in which Woods has never missed the cut as a professional.

The big test for Woods is holding his legs. It is the first time he has completed 18 holes in consecutive days since returning from his car accident 14 months ago.

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