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Remarkable Tiger Woods in Masters hunt after opening 71


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The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 6, 2022 Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts after his shot on the 18th during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Tiger Woods of the U.S. reacts after his shot on the 18th throughout a apply spherical. (REUTERS)

AUGUSTA, Ga.  – Again enjoying the Masters after a career-threatening automotive crash, Tiger Woods mentioned he thought he may win a sixth Inexperienced Jacket and on Thursday he made a number of extra believers after carding a stable opening 71.

In his first aggressive spherical of golf in 508 days, Woods blended three birdie with two bogeys at Augusta Nationwide to sit down three behind clubhouse chief Australian Cameron Smith, who began and completed with double bogeys in a four-under 68.

Though the 12 months’s first main featured all of golf’s finest, there was just one man most had come to see, the world’s 973rd ranked participant Woods.

It was a outstanding effort from the 15-times main champion simply 14 months after medical doctors had thought of the potential for having to amputate his proper leg mangled in the one automotive accident.

“I fought back and for the day to end up in the red I am right where i need to be,” Woods mentioned. “I figured once the adrenalin kicks in and I got fired up and I got into my little world I should be able to handle business.”

Woods mentioned he was ready to play with ache and at occasions noticeably limped as he made his means across the undulating format considered one of many hardest walks on the PGA Tour.

After COVID-19 restricted the variety of spectators allowed onto the grounds during the last two years, the crowds had been again in power and bringing with them the acquainted roars that echo by way of the tall Georgia pines.

The beginning was delayed half-hour as a consequence of thunderstorms however the dreary climate couldn’t dampen the excitement as golf followers fortunate sufficient to have secured one in every of sport’s most coveted tickets moved shortly to stake out their locations round a number of the sport’s most well-known holes and anticipate Woods to look.

The 46-year-old, sporting a pink shirt and black pants, had his recreation face on as he walked out to the primary tee the place the complete size of the par-four 445-yard opening gap was lined with hundreds of spectators.

After 5 consecutive pars, Woods almost aced the par-three sixth gap the place his tee shot stopped two ft from the cup to arrange his first birdie which was adopted by his first bogey on the eighth.

Even par getting into Amen Nook, Woods made it by way of the notorious stretch of holes unscathed, selecting up his second birdie at 13.

That was adopted by one other bogey at 14 however the sixteenth supplied classic Woods as he rolled in a monster 29-foot birdie putt and celebrated with a trademark fist pump.

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