Golf: Superstar Tiger Woods faces double duty to make US Masters cut, after rain delays at Augusta National

Tiger Woods has played just 24 holes this year coming into the opening round of the US Masters and the 15-time Major winner will put his battered body to the ultimate test, when he must play nearly as many holes in a single day.

Looking to make a Masters-record 24th consecutive cut, Woods, 48, got his quest off to a solid, if unspectacular start, scrapping his way to one under par through 13 holes, before play was halted due to darkness.

He will play the remaining five holes from his opening round, before going straight into another 18 for his second round on one of golf's most challenging layouts.

Shadows lengthening across Augusta National, as Tiger Woods plays a shot.
Shadows lengthening across Augusta National, as Tiger Woods plays a shot. Photo credit: Getty Images

Woods, who returned to golf after a near-fatal 2021 car crash almost resulted in the amputation of his right leg, says his body is holding up fine.

"The body is OK, we've got some work to do yet tonight," said Woods, who also underwent ankle surgery last year. "It was nice to finish up 13.

"We're going to warm up, and just kind of head down there and start our round. I think the flow would be pretty much 20-30 minutes in between rounds, so it'll be a natural flow from the finish of the first round and continuation of the second."

With storms delaying the start of the year's first Major by two-and-a-half hours, rainy and gusty conditions would not have favoured Woods, but by the time he headed out in the afternoon with Max Homa and Jason Day, the sun had returned, along with the heat.

The former world No.1 got his round off to the best possible start with a birdie at the first hole, something he had only done once before in 1999.

"I don't remember the other time, to be honest with you," said Woods. "I hit a nice three-wood off one, hit a nice little eight-iron in there about 10-12 feet and made the putt."

Bryson DeChambeau leads the Masters, after posting a seven-under 65 in the opening round, with Kiwi Ryan Fox tied for sixth on three under.