After two years on the sidelines, Tiger Woods finally made his return to Augusta National to compete in the Masters on Thursday. So many young guns claimed center stage after Tiger's physical and personal problems knocked him off his perch as the world's greatest golfer, they're surprised he is getting so much attention. He pushed his tee shot right into the pine straw and then pushed his next shot into another gallery. Then, reminiscent of Bill Clinton at Greg Norman's house in 1997, he slipped down some stairs and injured his back forcing him to withdraw. His brother, Austin, was the first to reach him and still recalls the wild eyes of his older brother looking up at him. And if it probably carries a foot less, it probably doesn't go off the green and probably stays on the fringe.
"It was just a freak thing, and it happened". As 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott put it, "If you can start your round off with a four there, I feel like it's a birdie". "Hopefully, I can tee it up on Thursday. He might have finished 15th out of 18 golfers this past weekend, but when you look beyond the scores, there was a lot to like and look forward to".
One of the most exciting Masters in years. His first big announcement was that the club would host a women's amateur event the week before the Masters. On several occasions he came close, only to falter at the final moment. Each of the last three Masters winners scored in the red, with a combined scoring average of 4.5 strokes. Starting to swing it a lot better.
"It's fun that more than 200,000 people follow this account and have no clue who is tapping out tweets", Tiger Tracker told Reuters in an email interview arranged through a Golf Channel intermediary that protected his identity.
"Why?" he asked. "There's nothing you can do about it".
"I'm an avid fan of the history of the game, and I know a win here and what that would mean and where that would put me in history alongside some of the greatest that have ever played this game, and that would mean an very bad lot to me", McIlroy said. As a member of the USA team in the Presidents Cup, he recalled how Mickelson and Woods, serving as an assistant captain, took turns giving the younger players a hard time.
"Your king hath received word that the guards of the Green Jacket plan to escort any patron who dare utter Dilly Dilly off yon premises", the post read, according to the New York Daily News.
The last group out could also shake up the leaderboard with world number one Dustin Johnson and Englishman Justin Rose, runner-up in two of the last three years, bringing the curtain down on day one.
Plenty of history could be made, as well, beginning with Mickelson, who at the age of 47 could pass Jack Nicklaus, who won at the age of 46 in 1986, as the oldest Masters champion.
"I really hope I'm playing my best golf", Woods said. "So it's kind of interesting to see how the week goes on, because every week is a different story".
"It's a amusing feeling because I've had some of those moments where I've been quite nervy and maybe not as comfortable", the 40-year-old recalls. He ranks outside the top 100 in world ranking and in greens in regulation percentage. Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters champion, own two apiece. He hasn't been sharp recently so not much is expected from him. It's hard to say, since only one first-time entrant has won since 1936, Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
"Except for myself, I am against tyranny in all forms". Johnson already had plans for Wednesday.