Tiger Woods Masters Tracker: Hole-By-Hole Updates For Tiger's Augusta Return

The returning Tiger Woods will be desperate to put in a strong performance at Augusta
The returning Tiger Woods will be desperate to put in a strong performance at Augusta

06 April, 2018

Woods will tee off at 10:42 a.m. Thursday in the first round of the Masters. I think he's ahead of schedule.

Alec Brzezinski, Sporting News: "Tiger Woods is again relevant on the PGA Tour, but he will not win the 2018 Masters". All three qualified by winning a Tour event in the previous year, but among them they have only four career Tour wins.

"All those years that I've won, one part of my game has certainly stood out". Still, even with his infamous collapse two years ago, his record around Augusta National is pretty good.

"I haven't seen a crowd like this here in 20 years", one man in the gallery said.

In addition to this being Garcia's first Champions Dinner, it was also the inaugural feast for Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley.

That's four long days away, assuming he makes it that far - as a pro, Woods has missed the cut at least twice in every major but the Masters - and there are plenty of obstacles along the way.

Sergio- I get the feeling he's just happy to have won a major.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is back, two-time victor Bubba Watson is playing some of his best golf after a down year in 2017, and young stars like Jon Rahm, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele are looking to make their marks on this historic track of green.

For young players such as Rahm and 24-year-old Justin Thomas, this is the first time they've played in a Masters that included Woods, the co-holder of the Masters scoring record and a 12-shot victor in 1997.

Dating to 1991, with the exception of Zach Johnson in 2007 (T-4th), Bubba Watson in 2012 (T-3rd), Adam Scott in 2013 (3rd) and Danny Willett in 2016 (T-5th), each Masters champion has been T-2nd or better after 54 holes. He's pain-free, and his clubhead speed of 129 miles per hour was the fastest on the PGA Tour through mid-March. He opened with a double bogey, started the back nine with a triple bogey and shot 86.

Instead, his 6-iron second shot from 206 yards landed on the green but spun off the putting surface and down the severe slope that fronts it and back into the water.

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17 of 19 different winners on PGA Tour in 2017-18 season (excludes Ryan Armour/Sanderson Farms Championship and Brice Garnett/Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship).

"There's so many guys playing well at the same time", Woods said.

"Tiger who?" joked Charley Hoffman, last year's first-round leader. More exciting than 2015, when Jordan Spieth announced his presence at age 21, winning wire-to-wire?

Dustin Johnson is the No. 1-ranked player in the world for a reason.

No one knows hype like Woods, especially at Augusta National. "I feel as prepared as I ever have".

British Amateur champion Harry Ellis had a much tougher time.

"But I have to try and clear my head of that come Thursday morning and go out and play good golf, hit good golf shots, have good course management, hole putts".

Rory McIlroy, who is going for the career Grand Slam, tees off at 1:38 p.m., followed by 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth. This is McIlroy's 10th appearance. He finished tied for 17th that year.

He's played five tournaments since, finishing one stroke off the lead at the Valpar Championship last month and atop the leaderboard when it comes to commanding the attention of the fans, the cameras and the audience at home.

"Then, I think just me as a golfer getting better throughout the whole game, just having more confidence, hitting it better, driving it better, doing everything a little bit better always helps around here". I'll take someone else in the field to win the tournament. You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of CBS and the other local networks in your zip code.

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