Woods shoots 69 at Masters with hardly anyone noticing
It's rare that Tiger Woods would shoot a 69 at the Masters - with hardly anyone noticing.
That's what happened Friday, when Woods took another impressive step in his latest comeback with a 3 under that assured he'll be back for the weekend at Augusta National - just like he has every year of his pro career.
Looking more and more confident, Woods had four birdies and stumbled only once with a bogey at the par-3 sixth hole. It was a marked improvement on his opening 73, and he looked like an entirely different player than the one who walked off the course at Torrey Pines two months ago, his body hurting and his game a mess.
"I'm very proud of what I've done, to be able to dig out of it the way I have," Woods said. "I was at a pretty low (point) in my career, and to basically change an entire pattern like that and put it together and put it in a position where I can compete in a major championship like this is something I'm very proud of."
The way Jordan Spieth is playing, Woods will likely be nothing more than an afterthought on the weekend. He goes to the third round a dozen shots off the lead.
Still, it's a big step for Woods in his quest to break a nearly seven-year drought since he won the last of his 14 major championships.
And, of course, he'll never concede that he's out of a tournament.
"I'm still right there," Woods said. "I'm 12 back, and there's not a lot of guys ahead of me. And with 36 holes here to go, anything can happen."