Tiger Woods admitted he will need “a lot of help” to get into contention for a 15th major title after making the halfway cut with just a shot to spare.
Woods struggled to a second round of 75 in testing conditions at Augusta National to slip to four over par, 13 shots behind leader and fellow American Patrick Reed.
“I felt like I hit it off well off the tee,” Woods said after a round containing two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the fifth.
“I hit my irons awful. I didn’t control my distance, my shape, spins. I left myself in bad spots and hit a lot of beautiful putts but didn’t make anything.
“I’m going to need a special weekend with two rounds in the mid-60s. I would have done it the first two days if I would have quit playing after 16! Let’s see if we can get it in 18 holes tomorrow.
“I’m so far back I’m going to need a lot of help. I’m not in control of my own destiny. But six months ago I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play golf again, so I’m just so grateful of the opportunity to play at the top level.”
Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery shortly after last year’s Masters and only returned to action in November, but had finished 12th, second and fifth in his last three starts on the PGA Tour.
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