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Masters 2015: Tiger Woods still hopeful of catching up after impressive display

By Robert Jones

Tiger Woods felt he had rebounded from one of the lowest points of his career after a second round of 69 in the Masters yesterday.

Woods broke 70 at Augusta National for the first time since the final round in 2011 in just his third start of 2015, having shot a career-worst 82 in the first and withdrawn from the second through injury after 11 holes.

The 39-year-old, who had blamed his poor short game on being caught between two "release patterns", said: "I am very proud of what I've done, to be able to dig it out the way I have.

"I was at a pretty low edge in my career, but to basically change an entire pattern like that and put it together and put it in a position where I can compete in a Major championship like this is something I'm very proud of."

Despite being two under par, Woods was 12 shots off the record pace being set by 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who will become the second youngest Masters champion behind Woods if he wins tomorrow.

Woods, who won by eight shots in 1997 to claim the first of 14 Major titles, added: "I'm still right there. I'm 12 back, but there's not a lot of guys ahead of me. And with 36 holes here to go, anything can happen. 1996 proved that (when Greg Norman blew a six-shot lead with 18 holes to play).

"So we have a long way to go. There's so many holes to play and so many different things can happen. We don't know what the conditions are going to be tomorrow, what the committee is going to do.

"If they want to make this golf course a little drier, they turn the sub-air (system) on, they can suck the moisture out of this thing and get them firm, or they can live with it like it is, and we can go out there and make a bunch of birdies."

Despite one three-putt, Woods got around the greens well to offer at least some response to scrutiny of his chipping prior to his 64-day break from competitive play.

"It's my strength again," said Woods, who won the last of his Masters titles in 2005. "That's why I've worked hard. That's why I took time off. That's why I hit thousands of shots to make sure it's back to being my strength."

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