Tiger Woods Sets Masters Record With 24th Consecutive Made Cut

The five-time winner broke out of a tie with Gary Player and Fred Couples after a long Friday at Augusta National.
Apr 12, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods tips his hat to the patrons after putting on no. 15
Apr 12, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods tips his hat to the patrons after putting on no. 15 / Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Network

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods owns another record at the Masters.

The five-time winner completed a long 23-hole Friday at Augusta National with a 36-hole score of 1-over-par 145, comfortably inside the cut line that later landed at 6 over. For the 24th consecutive time Woods will play the weekend, a record he now holds alone.

Gary Player and Fred Couples had shared with Woods the mark of 23 consecutive cuts made.

A weather delay in Thursday's opening round only allowed Woods to complete 13 holes, and he returned to Augusta National to resume the round at 7:50 a.m. He made two bogeys and three pars to finish at 1-over 73 and had little rest before going back out for a 10:18 a.m. Round 2 tee time. In the blustery second round Woods made four birdies and four bogeys in an even-par 72.

That kind of workload is no longer easy for the 48-year-old. He sustained injuries to his legs, ankle and foot in a February 2021 car crash and has only played sparingly since. His most recent appearance this year was the Genesis Invitational in February, where he withdrew after 24 holes due to the flu, and he did not feel well enough to compete in March on the PGA Tour's Florida Swing as a tune-up for the Masters.

“Well, I wasn't ready to play,” Woods said Tuesday in a press conference. “My body wasn't ready. My game wasn't ready. And I thought that when I was at Hero (in December), once a month would be a really nice rhythm. Hasn't worked out that way. But now we have major championships every month from here through July. So now the once-a-month hopefully kicks in.”

Woods's 24 consecutive Masters made cuts have not come in consecutive years. Woods last missed the cut in 1996 as an amateur (his only missed cut in 26 total starts), then began the streak in 1997 with his record 12-shot victory. He added wins in 2001, '02 and '05, then missed 2014, '16 and '17 while recovering from back surgeries.

He delivered a triumphant fifth win in 2019, but two years later missed the Masters in the wake of the car crash. In 2023, he kept his cut streak alive but withdrew before finishing the tournament due to reaggravated plantar fasciiitis in his foot.

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