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Apr 9th, 2022

Scheffler leads The Masters as Tiger makes the cut

World number one takes a commanding five-shot lead into the weekend

World number one Scottie Scheffler confirmed his position as world number one with a dominant performance on Friday at Augusta as Tiger Woods dug deep after a terrible start to make the halfway cut in the 86th Masters.

-8 S Scheffler (US); -3 C Schwartzel (SA), H Matsuyama (Jpn), S Lowry (Ire), I Sung-Jae (Kor); -2 K Na (US), D Johnson (US), H Varner III (US), C Smith (Aus)
Scheffler was the form player coming into the week after three wins in his last five starts, most recently at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, a victory that grabbed him the world's top spot.
The 25-year-old American mastered the windy conditions at Augusta to card a second round five-under-par 67 and take a record five-shot lead into the weekend.
"I feel my game is in a good spot," said Scheffler.
"I've done a good job of managing my way around the golf course. I've kept the cards pretty clean which is nice."

The American leads by five from overnight leader Sungjae Im, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel and Shane Lowry of Ireland. No player with such a lead going into the weekend has failed to slip on the famous green jacket.
Lowry produced the shot of the day to ignite his round and card an impressive four-under 68. The Irishman holed from an almost impossible position some 40 yards short and right of the 10th green for an incredible birdie.
"It was one of the best rounds I've ever played; the conditions were difficult," said the 2019 Open champion.

England's Danny Willett started the day one shot off South Korea's Im and led for a good part of the day. However, three successive bogeys after the turn saw the 2016 champion falter and he ended the day on one-under-par after a 74.
Once again, all eyes were on Tiger Woods. But the fifteen-time major champion got off to a nightmare start on day two, bogeying four of his first five holes to slip back to three-over-par.
In true Tiger style, he dug deep, birdying the par five 8th to steady the ship and then grinding it out over the back nine to finish with a two-over 74 to comfortably make the cut on one-over for the tournament.
"It was a good fight, I'm in the ball game and tomorrow is a big day," Woods said.
"There are a few people not struggling out there, Scottie and JT (Justin Thomas) are handling their business but hey I made the cut, got a chance going into the weekend."
Rory McIlroy carded a one-over 73 to match his first round and sit at two-over alongside a group including Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton and Jon Rahm.
Former Open champion Stewart Cink got the crowd cheering with the first hole-in-one of the tournament at the par-three 16th.

TAGS: The Masters, Scottie Scheffler, Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry, Danny Willett, Stewart Cink, 2022