Woods happy to play the weekend

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

He left his last putt off the left edge at No. 18 but it didn't matter. With a closing par, Tiger Woods made the cut at the 82nd Masters on Friday.

His 3-over 75 in the second round got him into the weekend by two strokes. The last and only time he missed the cut came in 1996, the last year he competed as an amateur.

The day was not without one calamity. On the par-4 fifth hole, he drove into trees on the right and then sent a recovery shot into the brush and bamboo stand behind the green. After taking an unplayable lie drop, he hit into a bunker and wound up with a double-bogey 6.

But he played the rest of the round at even par, even after finding Rae's Creek off the tee at No. 12. The 74 marked his ninth consecutive over-par round in a major championship.

He is also 13 shots off the lead, which didn't seem to matter.

"Six months ago, I didn't know if I'd be playing golf," he said. "Forget playing at the (PGA) Tour level. I didn't know if I'd ever play again.

"But it's incredible to have the opportunity again, to still come out here and play this golf course. Now I know I'm on the weekend. Even though I'm a lot behind, if I play a special weekend -- shoot two rounds in the mid-60s -- you never know."