Tiger Woods is now under par for the day and making a late push on the back nine at Augusta, heading to the 14th tee at 4-under. The first birdie of the day for Woods did not come until the final hole of the first nine, but the No. 1 player in the world has found some form from that red number before the turn. Tiger made the turn in 37, and was seven shots behind the leaders at the time.
But Woods marched quickly over to No. 10, where he picked up his second birdie of the day to get to even-par on the round. The club that left him during his struggles on the front side was the putter, but he rolled in a 15-foot putt on No. 10 for a little boost heading into Amen Corner. Once on the tee at No. 11, however, Tiger blasted one way right, up and over the trees and into the pine straw. He hit a miraculous recovery shot to run it down onto the front edge of the green, avoiding the water on the left. But his chip shot from the fringe burned past the right edge of the cup to end the birdie streak.
Tiger kept it turned on at the par-3 12th, going directly over the right half of the bunker in front of the most famous three-shot hole in golf. But much like the 11th, Tiger's birdie just missed on the edge of the hole and he had to settle for a two-putt par. Given some of the shots he made on those first two holes at Amen Corner, he certainly looked frustrated to walk away without a red number.
The 13th hole, the dogleg par-5, has been very good to Woods over the years. It's the hole where he's mounted the best aggregate score during his Masters career. But Woods blasted his drive through the fairway and needed to cut his second shot off the pine straw and over Rae's Creek. He pulled it off, landing his approach shot in the middle of the green on the left half and opening up a two-putt birdie chance. His putter nearly left him once again, as he misjudged his lag putt and left it well short. But he recovered on his second putt to keep it in the center and walk off with a birdie he had to have.
He has five holes left, and four shots to make up. He'll get another birdie, or even eagle chance at the 15th and the struggles in the final group of Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker could make things interesting.