Reporting from The Masters: Tiger starts strong; still no rowdiness at Augusta

Reporting from The Masters: Tiger starts strong; still no rowdiness at Augusta

Reporting from The Masters: Tiger starts strong; still no rowdiness at Augusta

Dunking his second shot into a fan's beer cup has helped ensure Jason Day continues his record of sloppy starts to the Masters. His best hopes would be the two Par-5s on 13th and 15th, where he had birdies on the first day.

As Woods teed off, six players shared the lead at 3-under, including Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and American Matt Kuchar and four players yet to launch their second rounds - Sweden's Henrik Stenson, Canada's Adam Hadwin and Americans Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

"Oh man, I just wanted one of those to stay up for him really", Redman said. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't stop. "With the way the back nine was playing today, the wheels could have come off there".

Garcia was two over par before the setback and he gathered himself to birdie the next hole before carding nine-over 81. The ballstriking has been nothing like we've seen in Florida. He'd bogey the 5th and 7th before going back under par with an eagle three on the 8th.

Woods saw his approach roll off the first green and his chip barely held the putting surface. He presents a formidable foe for McIlroy to overcome if he is to win his first Masters title. On the par-5 8th hole, Tiger smashed a ideal drive but skanked a low, hooking second shot into an awkward spot left of the green. He went hunting for his ball and eventually walked off with a double bogey.

Tiger Woods on Thursday during the first round of the 2018 Masters. He "saved" a bogey. Woods' long-awaited first tee shot was greeted with complete silence as he his "little fade up the left side" failed to actually fade. The 13th and 15th are red numbers waiting to be claimed.

At the long, 505-yard par-4, Woods sailed his drive well right, over trees.

In the 1995 movie Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner, Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy has a chance to win the U.S. Open in the final round but he stubbornly hits shot after shot into the water and ends up losing the tournament.

Tiger will have an early Saturday tee time and need to do something insane on the weekend to have a shot. "That's what makes this course so great". But it's unlikely - the leaders usually want tougher scoring conditions to prevent a mega-low round and charge from way in the back.

"I've always felt comfortable being up around the lead. It was quite insane, all the emotions that I dealt with overnight, but I was more than ecstatic to just be walking to that first tee and be playing in my first Masters".

"I've had to do some interesting things on 18 in my career here", Spieth said. He immediately popped it back into place, got an MRI Thursday morning and then limped his way to a 68. He hit a 9-iron into Rae's Creek.

Not bad. But for a man who sounded like he was ready to compete here for his first major victory since in nearly a decade, it wasn't especially good, either.

The 4-over mark is disappointing but this past month has jumbled the expectations here.

"So it's just about playing the golf course for what you get, recognizing what the tendencies are this course brings and what my own tendencies are when under the gun". It is disappointing that he's 4-over and likely out of it.

Woods' round, his first at the Masters since 2015, was a clinic in grit.

"I was pretty sure they weren't feeling anticipation about me", quipped Tommy Fleetwood, who joined Woods in a threesome that also included Marc Leishman.

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