Tiger shoots one over par in Masters return

There is the long, handsome stretch down Magnolia Lane that leads to a majestic and stately clubhouse and, behind that, the impossibly green and rolling hills of one of the world's greatest golf courses.

It isn't just fans and networks that seem to have an obsession with Tiger.

This is how rich the setup to this Masters has been: Do you remember a golfer named Dustin Johnson?

Woods has said since January that the early stages of his comeback were all pointed at the Masters.

Johnson, 33, is still perched atop the world rankings, although Justin Thomas leads a trio of players who could supplant him this week.

Only a year ago, Woods said he had trouble just sitting through the dinner at the Masters Club of past champions because of pain from his lower back shooting down his legs. In his heyday, Woods was earning roughly $90 million a year from sponsorship deals alone, including Nike, Buick, American Express, Electronic Arts and General Mills. Not even college tuition increased that much during the same time frame.

Tiger take: "Yeah, he's got a great chance - look at how he's played the last few weeks". That's just not true. Thankfully for Woods, the 10am-11am slot is the joint-second most successful with 67% of golfers teeing off in that hour making the cut. Sadly, despite his obvious talents, he suffered most because his career virtually coincided with Tiger's; some of Tiger's victories would surely have come his way were Tiger not there.

For Woods, a man who has endured four operations on his back and worked through personal challenges, this is where it all began, really, in 1997, when a 21-year-old phenom turned the golf universe on its side in a record 12-shot victory at the Masters. There was some up, and there was some down, but he didn't play himself out of the tournament on Thursday. Those are staggering numbers that are unprecedented in sports history.

Doug Ghim carried the flag for the seven amateurs at the Masters by holing out for eagle on the 18th hole for an even-par 72.

Tiger Woods is headed back to the Masters Tournament in Augusta for the first time since 2015. And there's no fondness for any tournament in the world like there is for the one every April at Augusta National Golf Club.

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The 2018 Masters will run from today, April 5 to Sunday, April 8.

5th shot: Tap-in for par.

The four-times victor, who struggled to keep many of his tee shots from sailing right and could not take advantage of any of the four par-five holes, steadied the ship late on to post a one-over par 73 including four bogeys and three birdies.

"I don't know what to tell you, " he said.

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day have arrived at the 82nd Masters in their prime and at the top of their games - or in the neighbourhood of it - and yet have nearly become afterthoughts in the wake of Woods' return just with the first tee-shot being played Thursday morning.

More exciting than, say, last year, when eternally star-crossed Sergio Garcia had a putt to win his first major on the 72nd hole, missed it, then won in a playoff anyway?

Will there be a surprise player in the mix? "This is a tournament where experience does help a lot".

Tiger has enjoyed a resurgence at the start of this PGA Tour season. The bookies do not want Tiger to win as they will lose a fortune. He will win a few majors; could his first come on Sunday? From what I saw this week, and if he stays healthy, I don't see any reason why he can't contend, and if he can contend, he can win. "Definitely be looking forward to that". At the counters, I haven't once found an item to be out of stock, despite hundreds of sandwiches and drinks turning over each minute.

Is there a sports broadcaster with a better gig than Jim Nance?

  • Sonia Alvarado