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Tiger shrugs off shot on 18

Friday, April 10, 2009
By Jennifer Iannone
Morris News Service

After a disappointing 18th hole, Tiger Woods walked to the practice putting green to get in some additional work before the sun went down.

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Tiger Woods reacts to missing a putt on 11 during the first round of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National

(Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff)

The world's No. 1 player, in his first major since knee surgery, had been on pace to break 70 for his first time on opening day at the Masters Tournament, but he let it get away.

He bogeyed the final hole to post 2-under-par 70. He tied for 20th place with seven other golfers, five strokes behind first-round leader Chad Campbell.

Woods' approach on the 18th went over the green and about three rows into a crowd of patrons. He chipped long and missed the par putt.

"It's unbelievable," Woods said of the 18th. "I hit just a little 8-iron and it flew a long way. It flew 155 (yards) uphill. It was a long way, I thought, to hit a little three-quarter 8-iron.

"It is what it is. I hit a good shot, and it ended up in a bad spot." It's been four years since Woods last won the Masters. His inability to shoot below 70 on the first day doesn't concern him.

"I won it four times, too," he said.

He put on the green jacket in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. Three of those years he shot 70 in the first round.

"It's a long week," he said. "The weather is going to start changing a little bit here. You've just got to keep patient and stay with it. It's not like I haven't been in this position before. I've got to hang in there and take care of the back nine."

Woods parred 12 holes, including the first five. He bogeyed Nos. 6 and 18 and birdied four holes -- three on the back nine.

Starting in the second-to-last pairing allowed Woods to see how his competitors were doing. He saw that many had birdies on the back nine.

Tiger Woods waits to putt on the 18th. He bogeyed it after his approach shot went into the gallery.

(Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff)

"I knew it could be had with good shots," he said. "Basically, I was in position to shoot 4-under par and just didn't get it done."

As the day went on, Woods was surprised to look up at the scoreboard and see plenty of scores in the red.

"I didn't expect it to be that low," he said. "When we went to the golf course, we thought probably 5 (under par) would be leading by the end of the day. Again, the greens are fast, but they're soft. That's a combo we didn't really find out here very often."

Several players commented about how the course played Thursday. Woods' opinion was no different.

"This day was reminiscent to how it used to be. You can go out there on the back nine and make some birdies," he said. "If you caught the right gusts, I think you can shoot some pretty good numbers.

"The tees were up, there's no doubt. The pins were probably maybe a yard easier than they normally are."

1st Round

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

T

Par

4

5

4

3

4

3

4

5

4

36

4

4

3

5

4

5

3

4

4

36

72

Rnd

4

5

4

3

4

4

4

5

3

36

4

4

3

4

3

4

3

4

5

34

70

Tot.

1

1

1

-1

-2

-3

-3

-3

-2

-2

-2

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