Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
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Tiger Woods' day at Masters put in peril by slipping security guard

Dustin Johnson (70) and Justin Harding (69) are a shot behind at six under, while four-time Masters victor Tiger Woods sits ominously at four under.

Tiger Woods had just hit a brilliant shot from the trees on the 14th hole, setting up a birdie putt that would pull him squarely in contention for his first Masters title since 2005.

Along the way, there was a 30-minute weather delay after Woods finally had some momentum with birdies at the ninth and 11th holes, and a great shot to five feet at the par-3 12th - only to have to wait, and then miss.

He just couldn't take the next step - one more birdie on a back nine filled with so many chances - to join the largest 36-hole logjam in Masters history.

Luckily for the guard - and Woods - there was no lasting damage.

Golf's best worked their way to the top Friday at Augusta National to set up a weekend pregnant with possibilities. As Woods and the crowd ran to watch where the shot would end up, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent rushing over to control the spectators but slid into Woods' right ankle. Woods returned to miss the putt, and then took three shots from 35 feet behind the par-5 13th green to lose another prime birdie opportunity. Woods made the putt to record the first birdie of the day at the hole.

Woods, 43, still got on the leaderboard despite playing the par-5s in even par.

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