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Thursday, 11 April 2013 20:32

Tiger Woods 'Satisfied' with Opening Round 70

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Tiger Woods has completed his first round of play at this year's Masters Tournament and finished with a round of 70. Woods has said that he is 'satisfied' with his opening round at Augusta.

Woods is a notorious slow starter at The Masters and has posted a 70 on four different occasions. Good news for Tiger Woods fans is that he has won three of the previous four times he shot an opening round 70. 

Woods started off the round very well with birdies on holes 6 and 8, but his game was stuck in neutral for the rest of the round. On the back nine, Tiger had difficulty on two straight holes. He bogeyed on 14 and had a disappointing par on 15, and on a day where conditions were fair, its hard not to think that Tiger left some shots on the course.

Woods had trouble with his putter on the 14th where he had to three putt and things got even mor erough after that. On the 15th, where Tiger scored a par, he hit a bad second shot that he knew wasn't good immediately. After a huge drive that could have easily set up an eagle, Tiger had difficulty getting up-and-down the hole and eventually settled for a disappointing par.

An odd occurence happened to Woods on the third hole when an errant shot landed in a spectator's beer. Its a good thing for that fan that concession prices at Augusta National are surprisingly cheap.

However, he is playing better than he did last year when he only shot a one-under on the Par 5's and never birdied on the back nine. Tiger ended up finishing tied for 40th, his worst finish at Augusta since turning pro.

Tiger is coming into The Masters with a ton of momentum and playing his best golf in years. He has won his last two tournaments, the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and finally retained his number one golfer status from Rory McIlroy. Tiger's recent play, and past performances, has made him one of the favorites this weekend, but he clearly has work to do on the course before making his way up the leaderboard.

Tiger is currently four shots behind the clubhouse leader, Australian golfer Marc Leishman. Leishman shot a 66, six under par to become the clubhouse leader during the opening day at The Masters.