Tiger Woods got his 2019 Masters campaign off to a great start, shooting a 2-under par 70 to finish just four shots off the lead after the opening round of play at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday.
The four-time green jacket winner is in pursuit of a 15th major championship and began his second round on Friday afternoon at 1:49 p.m. ET alongside Jon Rahm and Haotong Li for the second consecutive day.
Check out the days’ best photos and shot-by-shot analysis of his Friday round below.
Hole 18: Par 4, 465 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger ends his day with another great tee shot, flirting with the fairway bunker but coming up short and in the fairway. Useful.
APPROACH SHOT: Another incredible shot from the fairway on the back nine for Tiger here. He’s been absolutely clinical on the back nine, this time leaving 15 feet for birdie, short of the hole.
ON THE GREEN: So close. He comes up short of the hole here and taps-in for par to close out a 4-under 68.
Hole 17: Par 4, 440 yards
OFF THE TEE: Boom. Tiger smoked this one down the right side of the fairway and is in good position here on No. 17.
APPROACH SHOT: On the prowl, Tiger goes pin-hunting and strikes. He’ll have 8 feet to claim a share of the lead with one to play.
ON THE GREEN: Add this to the list of missed birdie putts on the week. That’s three on the back-nine alone. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under thru 17 (6-under overall)
Hole 16: Par 3, 170 yards
OFF THE TEE: Meh, not his best effort here on No. 16. He was on a decent line but well short, about 40 feet.
ON THE GREEN: Tiger played this one perfectly. He didn’t blast it past the hole, but left it just short for a tap-in par. Great effort from distance there. I’m not going to lie, after his last few putts, I thought that was going in.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under thru 16 (6-under overall)
Hole 15: Par 5, 530 yards
OFF THE TEE: Yet another miss to the left. He’s only hit 5 of 12 fairways today, and he’s still 3-under. How about that.
APPROACH SHOT: From the rough, Tiger’s line to the green was heavily blocked by trees. With the choice to go over or around, TW elects to go over and lands it in the fairway with a perfect angle to the pin. Should be a good look for birdie. His third shot was right on line, but checks up a little too short and spins back a few feet. He’ll have about 30 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN: YAHTZEE! Tiger drills yet another birdie putt from distance and the Big Cat is prowling. He’s one back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under thru 15 (6-under overall)
Hole 14: Par 4, 440 yards
OFF THE TEE: Yikes. It’s showering and starting to impact the players. Tiger shanked this one left and he’ll be in the trees.
APPROACH SHOT: Tiger hits a great recovery shot from the trees and then gets clipped by a security guard! This could’ve been a disaster.
ON THE GREEN: Stop it. Stop it right now. Tiger drops the birdie putt from right around 30 feet and lets out a solid fist pump. He’s feeling it.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 14 (5-under overall)
Hole 13: Par 5, 510 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger’s tee shot is just a bit too long to the right and he just catches the rough. Should only have just a little under 200 yards to the pin to set up an eagle.
APPROACH SHOT: Tiger misses this one just left, but he’s in good shape. He’s in the short grass, about 45 feet from the pin, might even be the fringe. He’ll be able to putt this and get it close for birdie, or even hole-out for eagle.
ON THE GREEN: It’s fairway grass, and he doesn’t quite put enough on this one. Better to leave that short than miss long and have to play up the hill. This guy knows a thing or two about Augusta. From 13 feet Tiger left this one short by a few inches and taps in for par. He had a perfect line, just wrong space. That’s two missed opportunities that may come back and haunt him on the weekend.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 13 (4-under overall)
Hole 12: Par 3, 155 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger made the stroll to No. 12 tee to a ROUSING applause. They had no idea what he was going to do next. He stuck his tee shot within five feet of the cup setting up a perfect look for another birdie.
AND THEN THE AIR HORN GOES OFF?!
Play has been halted, all players must leave the course and patrons have been asked to seek shelter. What a time. He’s in such great rhythm and has so much momentum going. It’s a bummer, but if anyone can respond, it’s the Big Cat.
ON THE GREEN: After a short break, Tiger catches the left edge with the putt. Devastating par for what could’ve been.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 12 (4-under overall)
Hole 11: Par 4, 505 yards
OFF THE TEE: Beautiful tee shot here for the Big Cat. He’s 307 yards down the right side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT: The pin is tucked away as far to the back of the green as possible, perched up on a plateau and guarded to the back right by a bunker and all the way down the left by some water. Tiger made this look easy, finding the green 15 feet below the hole, just above a slope.
ON THE GREEN: (INSERT TIGER ROAR HERE) The first birdie on No. 11 all day belongs to none other than Tiger. He rolled that in with so much confidence and walks off the green like it’s nothing.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 11 (4-under overall)
Hole 10: Par 4, 495 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger smoked this one with driver down the right side of the fairway. He’ll have 174 yards to the back-right pin, guarded by a bunker to the right and slope behind.
APPROACH SHOT: Safely on the green here at 10, 33 feet pin-high to the left. He’s dancing.
ON THE GREEN: How does that not fall?! Tiger had a great line but this one comes up just a bit short. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 10 (3-under overall)
Hole 9: Par 4, 460 yards
OFF THE TEE: Known for great drives after bad bogeys, Tiger piped this one. He’s 305 yards down the middle of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT: Conservative play here for Tiger after Rahm stuffed it next to the back pin. A long, uphill putt from 37 feet awaits. TW seems happy to get to the back at even par.
ON THE GREEN: What the hell do I know? Tiger hammers this putt in for a second birdie on nine in as many days. He absolutely buried that one. Wow.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 9 (3-under overall)
Hole 8: Par 5, 570 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger had an aggressive line here, needed 315 yards to carry the fairway bunker … and he dunks it in the sand. Seems to be a nice day to go to the beach, though.
APPROACH SHOT: TW floats this one out of the bunker and just advances it up the fairway. Not much more he could have done there. He’ll have 151 yards to the pin, located in a more than fair position today to score.
THIRD SHOT: Not his best effort. He lands this one too far on the green, missing the slope with zero spin. He’s just inside 40 feet from there, and this isn’t a guaranteed two-putt par.
ON THE GREEN: Yikes. Tiger played this one well outside the hole, but his pace and line didn’t match. His birdie misses wide left and it looks like he pulled the par putt. That’s a disappointing bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 8 (2-under overall)
Hole 7: Par 4, 450 yards
OFF THE TEE: It’s a narrow fairway here at No. 7 and Tiger’s flirting with the right rough here. Solid distance at 312 yards.
APPROACH SHOT: Tiger puts this one a little right of center on the green, 21 feet to the left of the tucked away pin. Should be a solid look from there. Useful shot.
ON THE GREEN: Tiger had the right speed, wrong line here as this one slips two feet past the hole. He taps in for par and makes his way to the final par 5 on the front.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 7 (3-under overall)
Hole 6: Par 3, 180 yards
OFF THE TEE: Back-left pin placement here on No. 6 and Tiger flights this one a little right and tries to let it run down a ridge, but it just didn’t take. He’s got 20 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN: What a putt. Tiger gets back to red numbers with a great birdie here on No. 6. It had a lot of right-to-left movement and he hit it perfectly.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 6 (3-under overall)
Hole 5: Par 4, 495 yards
OFF THE TEE: Tiger finds the left fairway bunker off the tee here. Not sure about the lie, but shouldn’t be *too* bad.
APPROACH SHOT: Takes his medicine and just advances this up the fairway. He’s still 70-some yards from the pin. A tough up-and-down par save awaits. He floats his third shot 20 feet past the cup and spins it back to about 15 feet. That’ll be a tough par save, with bogey likely awaiting.
ON THE GREEN: Birdies No. 4, gives it right back on No. 5. Tough hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (2-under overall)
Hole 4: Par 3, 240 yards
OFF THE TEE: Dialed in here. Tiger went right at the flag and leaves this one seven feet short of the pin. He’ll need this to fall to get some momentum going after a ho-hum start.
ON THE GREEN: Canned it. Tiger finally gets a birdie after some great early shots were wasted, and he moves up the leaderboard.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 4 (3-under overall)
Hole 3: Par 4, 350 yards
OFF THE TEE: Another one (DJ Khaled voice). Tiger stripes another drive and almost finds the green off the tee. He’s 30-some yards short and has a great look to get a birdie here.
APPROACH SHOT: From a prime spot in the fairway Tiger beefed this one. It was wide open to attack and he leaves it 12 feet right of the pin, just on the green. It’s still a birdie putt, but that should’ve been better.
ON THE GREEN: Nothing to see here, just an anti-climactic two-putt par. Next.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (2-under overall)
Hole 2: Par 5, 575 yards
OFF THE TEE: Big drive here for TW finds the middle of the fairway 324 yards down the middle. He’ll have a great angle at the green, but going pin-seeking will be tough. He’s got 249 yards left and the pin is guarded heavily by a front-right bunker.
APPROACH SHOT: Tiger went for this one but he’s a little short and right in the bunker. Not an awful spot to be. He doesn’t have a lot of green to work with, and the pin is set between two slopes, so this won’t be an easy up-and-down birdie. Let’s see what he’s got.
AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger’s out isn’t bad, landing it long and left of the pin on a relatively flat area. He’ll have 17 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN: Tiger’s birdie putt misses low and right. He’ll have a tricky five footer to save par. He cleans up and avoids another dropped shot early after a great tee shot put him in position to score.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (2-under overall)
Hole 1: Par 4, 445 yards
OFF THE TEE: And we’re off. Tiger misses his opening tee shot to the left, which is a bit odd seeing as how well he hit the ball off the tee early yesterday.
APPROACH SHOT: No real harm here. Tiger’s able to get his approach up near the green, just short and right.
AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger didn’t get this one nearly close enough. Not his best effort, and he’s got around 8 feet left for par. Not a good start today.
OFF THE TEE: No damage done as Tiger cleans up for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (2-under overall)
ESPN reported that Tiger is planning to play a series of matches in Asia, with plans for the first match to take place as soon as this fall.