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Masters notebook: Tiger Woods will play the weekend, but far from in contention

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods will play the weekend for the 19th straight time in the Masters, but it’s not going to be as a contender as he and his legions of fans hoped.

Woods struggled to a 3-over par 75 Friday to finish 36 holes at 4-over 148, hitting his tee shot in the water for the second straight day on the par-3 12th. That’s tied for 40th, 12 strokes back of former University High golfer and Masters leader Patrick Reed.

Woods has failed to miss the cut only once in 21 Masters appearances, way back in 1996 as a 20-year old amateur. He won the first of his four green jackets the next year and is in the Masters for first time since 2015. His return after a promising run of spring tournaments sent ticket prices this week rising about 20 percent.

Car hits RV, Daly injured

Golfer John Daly was slightly injured Friday morning when a car slammed into his RV parked in front of a restaurant about a mile west of Augusta National Golf Club, according to the Golf Channel.

Daly’s fiancée, Anna Cladakis, told the network the two-time major champion dove out of the way seeing the car approach and injured his knee. Daly was treated at the scene but planned to have an X-ray and MRI.

Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open. As a former major winner, Daly is entitled to a pair of tickets and an honorarium from the Masters, but he typically doesn’t attend. Daly usually spends most of Masters week signing autographs in his RV parked in front of a local Hooters restaurant where the accident occurred.

Keep your day (and night) job

Playing in the Masters was a blessing and a beast for Brockton, Massachusetts, firefighter Matt Parziale, the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.

He got to play at a course and in a tournament many dream of, but it was two days of struggle. Parziale shot 81-79 — 160 to tie for second-to-last place.

“It was great playing, competing with these guys,” Parziale said. “I wish I could have been hanging around. But it was a great week all in all.”

Parziale, who had his retired firefighter father Vic as a caddie, will still play in June in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Garcia made a par

This time, Sergio Garcia stayed dry.

The 2017 Masters champion saw his hopes for back-to-back titles come to a watery end Thursday when he hit five balls in the water on the par-5 15th and made a 13. That tied the worst score on any hole in Masters history and led to an 81 that was the worst first round by a defending champion.

Garcia went for the 15th green in two and hit over, pitched on and made a par 5. He went 5 over on 10-13 earlier, though, shooting a 78 to finish tied for 82nd at 15-over 159.

Other notables missing the cut included 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett (7-over), 2013 Zurich Classic champion Billy Horschel and 2012 Zurich champ Jason Dufner.

Day, Fleetwood Zurich bound

Former world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia and Tommy Fleetwood of England headline two more committed teams for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, April 26-29 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.

Day will play with Ryan Ruffels. Fleetwood, one spot behind Day at No. 11 in the world, will team with Chris Paisley.

Fleetwood is at even par through two rounds, while Day is 2-over.

Eye on the weather

After sunny weather for the first two rounds, as much as an inch of rain is forecast for Saturday, with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. The weather is supposed to turn clear, cool and breezy Sunday, with highs in the mid 60s.

Eye on the Masters

CBS takes over coverage of the Masters this weekend starting at 2 p.m. This is the network’s 63rd straight year covering the tournament, the longest partnership between an event and a network in sports history.