Tiger Woods is in the conversation at the Masters and here is what is happening

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods isn’t just back, he’s in the conversation at the 86th Masters. He started with a methodical 1-under 71 in the first round Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

He had an early start time on Thursday. He comes out in the late wave on Friday, alongside Joaquin Niemann. The third in the group, Louis Oosthuizen, withdrew before the start of the second round due to injury. Woods left the course Thursday tied for 10th and 4 behind the lead. On Friday, anything can happen. He could charge, move through the middle of the pack, or fight to make the cut.

We follow every step he takes on day two of the Masters:

The setup for day 2

The sun is out. The wind is up. The conditions are perfect at Augusta National. When Woods arrives for his 1:41 p.m. ET tee time, these are the pin locations he will try to navigate.

No. 1: Par 4, 445 yards

The former remained a problem for Woods. Just like in the first round, Woods was wide from the start. A day earlier, he had run out of the bunker. This time the ball went there. His approach missed the green, forcing an early test of the short game he struggled with on Thursday. He failed to convert and opened his inning with a bogey for the 23rd time. He now has 17 points more in his career on the first hole at Augusta National.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 1 out of

Tournament Total: Even

No. 2: Par 5, 575 yards

Woods decided on a different approach in the second, but got the same result. Instead of going with 3 woods, like he did on Thursday, he picked the driver and found his second straight fairway bunker on round 2. From there, everything felt familiar – lay-up, average pitch, missed putt. He has not yet taken advantage of the par 5s of this Masters.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 out of

Tournament Total: Even

No. 3: Par 4, 350 yards

Woods got conservative off the tee, opting for an iron. In perfect position, the wind picked up his approach and pushed him to the right of the green. Just like the first, he couldn’t get up and down. This time a 7-footer for par slipped to the low side. A difficult start, especially with the four-hole stretch that begins at the fourth par-3.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 2 out of

Total for the tournament: 1 in

No. 4: Par 3: 240 yards

Another misfiring iron from Woods forced him to find some short game magic. And he didn’t – again. His 30-footer to save par missed two rolls. Woods was hoping to move up the rankings on Friday. Instead, with three bogeys in four holes, he has to put things right or the conversation will turn to whether he can make the cut.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 3 out of

Total for the tournament: 2 over

No. 5: Par 4, 495 yards

Things did not improve for Woods. He made a mess of the fifth hole for a third consecutive bogey and fourth in five holes to start the round. Another missed drive – this one-way, right – forced a throw and ended in a missed 10-footer. The cut watch has officially begun.

Result: Bogey

Total for the day: 4 more

Total for the tournament: 3 over

No. 6: Par 3, 180 yards

Finally, Woods played a holeshot with little drama. At the par-3 sixth, which kicked off its round Thursday thanks to a near ace, Woods found the bottom shelf of the green. He produced a drama-free two-putt to get off the bogey train yet.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 more

Total for the tournament: 3 over

No. 7: Par 4, 450 yards

Two well-hit shots gave Woods a preview of his first doable birdie putt of the day. He hammered the 14-footer on the break, leaving a testy 5-footer to come back. He stuck that in the middle of the hole to save par. Had he missed it, going from a good look for a birdie to a three-putt bogey would have been disastrous. Instead, he lost no ground as he continued to search for his game on Friday.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 more

Total for the tournament: 3 over

No. 8: Par 5, 570 yards

Sometimes it takes a swing for Woods to figure it out. Maybe it was the iron in the par-3 sixth or the red wedge in the seventh. Neither led to birdies, but they clearly stabilized Woods. In the eighth, finally, it was set up. A solid tee shot, well-placed layup, and high-down manual led to his first birdie of the day.

Rating: Birdie

Total for the day: 3 out of

Total for the tournament: 2 over