Tiger Woods Calls His Opening 2-Under 70 Solid

Source: Steve DiMeglio / USA Today

AUGUSTA, Ga. — World No. 1 Tiger Woods looked primed to feast on Augusta National in Thursday’s first round of the Masters — there was little wind, overcast skies and a course a tad on the soft side.

“I thought the greens were a little bit tough in the sense that they just didn’t have the sheen to them, they didn’t have the roll out,” Woods said after finishing with a 2-under-par 70 to stand four behind the leaders. “A couple of putts, we were talking about it in our group, that just weren’t that fast.

“Luke (Donald) hit a couple putts that were short, I hit a couple putts (short), and so did Piercy. … Overall I think the biggest challenge today was just the speed of the greens. They just weren’t quite there. They looked it, but just weren’t quite putting it.”

The lack of giddy-up on the greens didn’t leave Woods with a sour taste, however, on a day he played in front of Nike president Phil Knight, his mom, Kultida, and his girlfriend, Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, who was wearing a brace on her surgically reconstructed right leg and walked down the hill, then up a hill to watch Woods on the first hole.

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