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Saturday, 13 April 2019
Tiger Woods  (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods did not let a close shave distract him as he surged into contention with a vintage back nine on day two of the Masters Tournament.

For the second day running, the 14 time Major Champion pulled off a superb recovery shot from the trees on the 14th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, only for a security guard to run in to try to control the crowd, slip on the wet ground and slide into Woods' right ankle.

Woods limped away grimacing in pain but there appeared to be no lasting damage and after holing from 28 feet for birdie, the 43-year-old also converted from similar distance on the par five 15th.

Further good chances went begging on the 17th and 18th but a 68 left Woods just one shot off the lead shared by Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott, all current or former Major Champions.

“Accidents happen, we move on," he said. “It’s all good. I’ve had galleries run over me (before). When you play in front of a lot of people things happen.”

Woods needed a nerve block simply to attend the Champions Dinner at Augusta in 2017 and flew to London the same evening to consult a specialist about his ongoing back problems.

He subsequently underwent spinal fusion surgery and returned to competition in November that year before playing a full season in 2018, culminating in a victory at the Tour Championship on the US PGA Tour.

This is now three straight Majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff - Tiger Woods

Woods also finished sixth in The Open Championship and runner-up in the US PGA Championship, and he said: "I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament. I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing.

"This is now three straight Majors that I've been in the mix and so it's good stuff.

"I missed a few putts out there but I'm not too bummed out about it because I hit them on my lines, so I can live with that. I can live with days when I'm hitting putts on my line and they just don't go in, that's the way it goes.

"I also made some distance putts there at nine, 14, 15, they were nice to make and if I keep hitting the putts on my line, they will start dropping."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WOODS, TigerUSA18-13
T2JOHNSON, DustinUSA18-12
T2SCHAUFFELE, XanderUSA18-12
T2KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-12
T5DAY, JasonAUS18-11
T5SIMPSON, WebbUSA18-11

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