WATCH: Masters security guard slips, slide tackles Tiger Woods, nearly injures him
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WATCH: Masters security guard slips, slide tackles Tiger Woods, nearly injures him

A Masters security guard nearly injured Tiger Woods when he slipped on wet turf while trying to protect the four-time green jacket winner.

Woods was playing the par-4 14th at Augusta National on Friday, when he drove his ball left and amid the tall loblolly pines. The 80-time PGA Tour winner carefully measured his shot through and around the trees, hitting his escape shot to within 20 feet for a birdie he would eventually make.

However, as Woods was trying to get away from the patrons and back into the fairway, a Masters security guard ran toward Woods to prevent any chasers from obstructing the path to the short grass. In that moment, the security guard slipped and slid into Woods' ankle. Woods immediately jumped up and hopped on one foot back to the fairway, raising concerns the world No. 12 was injured seriously.

After a few hops, though, Woods proved fine. From there, Woods made the birdie putt and made another birdie to get to 6-under total through 36 holes, trailing a pack of five leaders by a shot.

Asked after the round about the incident by ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, Woods said, "Other than four knee surgeries and four back surgeries, I'm great. How you doing?"

It appears Woods will be just fine as he goes for a fifth Masters title and 15th major overall. He'll be in the hunt this weekend at Augusta National.

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