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The wind roaring by the Georgia pines gave Tiger Woods and so many others all they may deal with Friday within the Masters.

After which Scottie Scheffler made it really feel even more durable.

In his debut as the brand new No. 1 participant on the planet, Scheffler seemed the half. He was bogey-free over the ultimate 15 holes for a 5-under 67, tying the Masters document by constructing a five-shot lead going into the weekend.

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Solely 4 different gamers in Masters historical past have led by 5 photographs after 36 holes, most lately Jordan Spieth in 2015. All of them went on to win.

Scheffler, the 25-year-old Texas Longhorn, has received three of his final 5 begins on the PGA Tour and doesn’t seem like overwhelmed by the stage of Augusta Nationwide.

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He was at 8-under 136, 5 photographs away from defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (69), former champion Charl Schwartzel (69), former British Open champion Shane Lowry (68) and 18-hole chief Sungjae Im (74).

Woods was 9 photographs behind, a frightening activity even on two good legs.

Regardless of 4 bogeys after 5 holes, Woods patched collectively a 74 and made it to the weekend in his first 72-hole occasion for the reason that November 2020 Masters.

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“Hey, I made the reduce. I acquired an opportunity going into the weekend,” Woods mentioned. “I believe it’s going to be the golf course that Augusta Nationwide needs. It’s going to be faster, drier, quicker. It’s going to be an excellent take a look at.”

Former Masters champion Dustin Johnson (73) led a bunch at 2-under 142, whereas the bunch one other shot behind included two-time main champion Collin Morikawa and former PGA champion Justin Thomas, whose 67 matched Scheffler for the low spherical of the day.

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Scheffler acquired his errors out of the best way early and commenced to grab management with two birdies proper earlier than making the flip.

After a troublesome par save from proper of the eleventh inexperienced, he added two birdies from 12 toes on the par-3 twelfth and a troublesome pitch from properly proper on the par-5 thirteenth.

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By then, the wind started to subside within the late afternoon and Scheffler started to tug away with two extra birdies that made him a transparent and tough goal on the weekend.

And to assume solely two months in the past, he nonetheless didn’t have a PGA Tour victory.

Woods made it by one other hike alongside the undulating terrain of Augusta Nationwide, his limp extra noticeable from a proper leg held along with rods and screws from his automobile crash 14 months in the past.

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“I don’t really feel pretty much as good as I wish to really feel,” Woods mentioned with a smile. “That’s OK. As I mentioned, I’ve acquired an opportunity going into the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have a kind of mild bulb moments and switch it on within the weekend and get it performed.”

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His putter wasn’t serving to any. All the important thing putts Woods made within the opening spherical weren’t falling Friday as he piled up 4 bogeys in his opening 5 holes, elevating questions if his inconceivable return to the Masters would solely final two days.

And now he has two extra.

Coming off consecutive bogeys in the beginning of Amen Nook, he was headed for extra hassle on the par-5 thirteenth besides that he missed badly sufficient to remain on proper facet of the tributary of Rae’s Creek, organising a pitch-and-putt for birdie.

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“It was robust for everyone,” Woods mentioned, and earlier than lengthy got here a wry smile. “Clearly, there’s just a few individuals who aren’t struggling on the market.”

A type of could be Scheffler, who has everybody’s consideration.

One other was Thomas, with whom Woods performed his follow rounds final week and within the days main as much as the Masters. He opened with a 76 and spent the remainder of the day sulking at what a misplaced alternative.

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He capped off his 67 with three straight birdies alongside the again 9.

“I very simply could possibly be going house proper now, and never solely am I not, however I’m in a extremely great place going into this weekend,” Thomas mentioned.

He was seven behind, nonetheless, although he wasn’t in the least shocked Scheffler was in a position to publish such good rounds to construct an enormous lead.

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“If I performed how I ought to yesterday, I needs to be proper there with him,” Thomas mentioned.

“This place, I adore it as a result of you may make so many birdies — even in circumstances like this, when you plot your approach round and know methods to get it round, you may make numerous birdies. It exposes you when it will get this windy when you don’t have management of your ball.

“He clearly has management of every part proper now based mostly off the final couple of months, so I’m not too shocked,” he added. “However yeah, I’d admire it if he would cease going too far-off.”

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