Tiger Woods four shots back of leaders
Woods four shots back
Tiger Woods shot a two-under 70 in Thursday's opening round of the Masters and is tied for 11th, four shots behind the leader.
Before this tournament Woods said he had a chance, then went out and played like it.
“I feel very good,” Woods said. “I feel like I played well today and I controlled my golf ball all day. I’ve shot this number and won four coats, so hopefully I can do it again.”
Woods means green jackets, of course, though his memory is a little off. He opened with a 70 while winning the Masters in 1997, ’99, and 2001. He shot 74 on Thursday when he won in 2002.
Sweet Sixteen for leaders
A key hole in Thursday's opening round was the par 3, 170-yard No. 16.
Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson both had kick-in birdies after nearly acing the 16th. Brooks Koepka was the only player in the top five who didn't birdie the hole.
A bad start for defending champ
Defending champion Patrick Reed had a rocky start and is tied for 44th after shooting 73. Pre-tournament betting favorite Rory McIlroy also shot 73.
"I guess I should have pulled the flagstick."' said DeChambeau, after watching his approach shot on 18 hit the stick and bounce out.