Woods makes cut after 3-over second round at Masters

Tiger Woods' hopes of winning the 2018 Masters are on life support after he shot a second-round 75 on Friday to finish a stroke above the field's cut line (5 over) at 4 over entering the weekend.

Woods shot an opening-round 73 on Thursday at Augusta National in pursuit of his fifth Masters victory. He finished the second round seven strokes behind clubhouse leader Jordan Spieth.

Woods got off to a rough start on the front nine Friday, bogeying his first hole and registering a double bogey on the par-4 5th hole, where his second shot was buried in magnolia bushes and took minutes for him to find, eventually resulting in an unplayable lie and a drop and chip-out from the trees.

He was better on the back nine, with birdies on the 13th and 15th, but bogeys on the 12th and 16th kept Woods from finishing any better than 3 over on the day.

"I didn't hit my irons very crisp and very clean, so I didn't control my distance and shapes or anything," he told ESPN shortly after wrapping up his round.

Woods said he was unaware of his standing as the day went on, hoping to stay within 10 strokes of the leader. He finished 13 strokes behind Patrick Reed (9 under), who shot a 6-under 66 and registered nine birdies on the day.

"I'm going to have to shoot a special weekend and need help," Woods said of his chances. "I'm not in control of my own destiny here -- I'm so far back. I don't know what the weather is for tomorrow (with thunderstorms expected), but I need to go out there and shoot something in the mid-60s and hopefully do the same thing on Sunday."

Woods is back at golf's first major of the year for the first time since 2015. That was also the last time Woods made the cut in a major, failing in two other attempts.

"It was about six months ago I didn't know if I was going to play again," Woods said, referring to his recovery from back surgery last year that threatened his career. "It's incredible and I'm just so thankful to have this opportunity to be able to play golf again."

--Field Level Media