Tiger Woods uses late rally to make the Memorial Tournament cut right on the number

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Tiger Woods had to hit a nervous 7-foot putt on his final hole of the day to avoid missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament for the first time in his career. Woods — who is playing the event for the 17th time — struggled early, but managed to salvage a few late birdies to make the weekend.

He’s right at the cutline at 3-over after 36 holes.

After shooting a 1-under 71 on Thursday, Woods was five strokes back of leader Tony Finau. Following Thursday’s performance, Woods said he felt nervous to compete after a five-month absence as a result of events being canceled due to the coronavirus.

Through three holes Friday, it looked like Woods might gain some ground on the competition. Woods — who started the day on Hole 10 — birdied No. 12, bringing him to 2-under for the tournament. Things only went downhill from there.

Woods bogeyed three times on his first 9 to move to 1-over. Then things really fell apart on No. 1. Woods was in good position off the tee, but wound up chipping into a green-side bunker from an awkward spot. Unable to get up-and-down from the sand, he finished with a double bogey on the hole. That, coupled with a bogeys on holes 2 and 6, moved him to 5-over and in serious danger of missing the cut.

With the pressure on, Woods delivered. He birdied 7 and 8, then sunk a clutch par putt on 9 after getting into trouble off the tee.

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At the time, the projected cut was 2-over so it didn’t look good for Woods.

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But some high scores from players on Friday afternoon moved the cutline in Tiger’s favor.

He’ll get to play the weekend after all, but he’s well behind co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Finau at 9-under.

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