May 27, 2024

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Tiger Woods 1, 8 shots back after the first round at the Masters

Tiger Woods 1, 8 shots back after the first round at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods had a disappointing finish in his opening round of the 88th Masters on Friday. The five-time Green Jacket winner won't have much time to return to Augusta National Golf Club.

Woods, 48, was the first golfer to arrive at the practice area on Friday morning, as he prepared to play the last five holes of the first round, which was halted on Thursday night due to darkness. Woods was 1 under when he resumed the round at 7:50 a.m. ET, quickly made bogey on the par-4 14th and finished with one more on the par-4 18th.

Woods is tied for 36th at 1-over 73 after 18 holes and 8 strokes behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was just behind DeChambeau after carding a 6-under 66 on Thursday. Denmark's Nicolai Hougaard and Max Homa moved back into second place after posting a 5-under 67. Homa, who was playing with Woods, had his best round in a major.

“It wasn't easy,” Hoggard said. “It was windy, there was a lot of wind. Very happy with the way it played actually. Also this morning, it wasn't easy to get out there early, and the conditions changed completely with the different wind direction.” Woods, who is trying to set a Masters record with his 24th straight cut, will begin the second round at 10:18 a.m. ET. He had about 48 minutes to wait between rounds. The 15-time major champion has never missed a shot at the Masters as a professional.

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Playing in his first PGA Tour event since withdrawing after 24 holes at the Genesis Invitational in mid-February, Woods looked good walking on his right foot and surgically repaired right ankle Thursday. However, it didn't look nearly as loose or runny Friday morning, with temperatures in the low 50s.

On the 14th hole, Woods hit a good tee shot into the middle of the fairway, leaving him 124 yards from the pin. He didn't hit his approach shot, and his ball settled 22 yards from the green. Woods craned his neck and frowned after the shot. He made a double bogey that brought him back to even par.

Woods had decent birdie looks on the par-3 (16) and par-4 (17), but left both attempts short.

On the rising 18th hole, Woods hit his second shot to the right and his ball landed in a greenside bunker. He couldn't get much spin on his ball during his putt, which nearly entered the hole before stopping 12 feet on the sideline. He missed an even putt and made bogey to end the round at one point.