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Tiger tracker: Tiger Woods shoots three over Friday, makes Masters cut

Tiger Woods shot a three-over-par 75 on Friday during the second round of the Masters and finished one shot ahead of the cut line at Augusta National.

Woods had a one-over 73 on Thursday in his first round at the Masters in three years.

After bogeying the first hole Friday, Woods made par on the second, third and fourth holes before a double-bogey on the fifth. He made par on the next six holes and was at four over at Amen Corner.

Things took a turn for the worse at No. 12, when Woods’ tee shot on the par-3, 155-yard hole barely carried Rae’s Creek, hitting an embankment and rolling back into the water. He managed to get up and down after his drop for a bogey to fall to five over, which is currently the cut line.

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Woods got back to four over when he birdied the par-5, 510-yard 13th hole by reaching the green in two. He then parred the par-4, 440-yard 14th hole, birdied the par-5, 530-yard 15th, bogeyed the par-3, 170-yard 16th, parred the par-4, 440-yard 17th and parred the par-4, 460-yard 18th.

Patrick Reed shot a six-under-par 66 to take the lead at nine under, two shots ahead of Marc Leishman (67) and four ahead of Henrik Stenson (70).

Several big-name golfers are in contention, including Rory McIlroy (71) and first-round leader Jordan Spieth (74) at four under as well as Dustin Johnson (68) and Justin Thomas (67) at three under.

Rickie Fowler (72), Justin Rose (70) and Bubba Watson (69) are at two under along with Tony Finau (74), Louis Oosthuizen (71) and Charley Hoffman (73).

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Playing in his first major since the PGA Championship in August 2015, Woods failed to take advantage of any of Augusta National’s four par-5 holes, making par on each one Thursday afternoon.

“That was the difference in the round,” Woods said.

Still, Woods showed he can still battle back, even after the four back surgeries that have kept him out of golf for much of the last few years. He hit three balls into the gallery and another into the water during the famed three-hole section (holes 11-13) known as Amen Corner.

But after finishing that portion of the course with two bogeys and a par, Woods saved his round with a pair of birdies over the next three holes.

charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii


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This article was originally published at 8:35 a.m. and will be updated throughout Woods’ second round.


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