Masters 2024 cut – Tiger Woods sets record as Jon Rahm narrowly survives

Masters 2024 cut - Tiger Woods sets record as Jon Rahm narrowly survives

Tiger Woods set history on day two of the 2024 Masters, with reigning champion Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy narrowly making the cut at Augusta. Woods made the cut for the 24th Masters in a row, becoming the first-ever golfer to achieve such a feat.

A select group of 89 players started the competition on Thursday, but not have advanced to the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday due to the cut. Since the 2020 edition, the top 50 players (including ties) after days one and two progress into the final stage of the tournament, with any player outside that quota cut from the pack. For golfing icon Woods, there was an extra pressure riding on this year’s Masters.

While the 15-time major winner is unlikely to challenge for the green jacket, Woods secured his own bit of history at the 2024 Masters by breaking the record for the most consecutive times a golfer has made the cut. Heading into this year’s edition, the American was level with Gary Player and 1992 champion Fred Couples on 23 cut appearances, with a top-50 finish after day two this time around making Woods the outright record holder.

After his second round, Woods secured his place in the third round, with the veteran finishing one-over after his first 36 holes of action. However, the current holder of the green jacket, Rahm, was left sweating after his first-round performance. The Spaniard entered day two one-over, but went up to four-over after bogies on the third, sixth and 11th holes. 

Rahm ended up finishing his second round on five-over, but that was just about good enough to keep his hopes alive. The cut on Friday was six-over.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut after putting up a nine-over showing after two rounds of action, while Zach Johnson (seven-over), Sergio Garcia (seven-over) and Justin Thomas (seven-over) were among those to also miss the cut.

At the top of the leaderboard, Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa all share the lead on six-under. Nicolai Hojgaard is also in a good position on four-under, with Cam Davis and Collin Morikawa another shot further back.

Danny Willett was enjoying a superb tournament until his final hole on Friday, which he tripled-bogeyed to slip to one-over. Rory McIlroy’s hopes hang by a thread after terrible second round, which saw him slip back to four-over.