Could have been worse for Tiger

Joe Zenzola
April 05, 2018 - 10:02 pm

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I guess it could have been a lot worse today for Tiger Woods.

Woods carded a 1-over, 73 in his opening round at the Masters. He's seven strokes back of leader Jordan Spieth. Full leaderboard

It was hard for Tiger to garner any consistency in his game. On the front nine, Woods salvaged par at the 1st hole after spraying his tee shot left. Later at the 3rd, he drained a birdie from 10 feet; Tiger then followed that up with consecutive bogeys at the 4th and 5th, while missing a short birdie putt at the 6th. 

On the Back 9, despite bogeys at Amen Corner's 11th and 12th holes (big bogey save after finding the water on his tee shot), Tiger battled back with crucial birdies on the Par 4 14th and Par 3 16th holes to right the ship.

Here's what's more frustrating...Tiger had pars on all four Par 5s. 

Tiger is currently tied for 29th place. If you ask me, he needs to bounce back on those Par 5s. Those are always going to be your best bets for birdies (and even eagles depending on pin placements). Scoring today was much higher than I thought it would be; only 20 of the 87 golfers in the field were under par. Tiger can easily get back into the mix on Friday with a good under par round. It's not over yet, folks...

It could always be worse...you could be Sergio Garcia hitting five straight balls in the water...

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