Tiger Woods angry after shot hits patrons he asked to move back

07 April, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Angela Garcia will be serving up some Tres Leches Cake for dessert at the dinner

Woods's rivals in a talent-laden Masters field aren't immune.

They see light where lesser players see darkness.

The galleries following Tiger Woods were unworldly for his opening round. He then chose to attack Amen Corner with a prayer of a line drive. Together! Friends, like. To shoot the breeze, hit some shots; even share a joke or two on the tee box. As he headed toward his shot, Woods was heard saying, "That ball would've been on the f--ing green".

"A 73 is fine", Woods said. "Unfortunately, people ran out and it clipped them".

That got him to even par 72, making him the low amateur and putting him in solid contention to make the cut and play the weekend.

And that was the beauty of this first round at the Masters, the first round of the rest of Tiger's life. Just under a year ago, he was going through a fourth back surgery.

His second shot, with a six-iron from 205 yards, cleared the water but rolled back in, leaving Garcia to lament a game of inches. You know about the roadside, police video that showed a disoriented and overmedicated Tiger on the night he was arrested in May.

"I didn't play the par-5s very well", Woods conceded.

"And this year's a completely different year, and (I'm) really looking forward to coming into this year, especially (after) missing last year".

Garcia has gone with an global salad inspired by ingredients representing countries of previous Masters champions to start, followed by a traditional Spanish lobster rice dish. Woods hadn't played a major since 2015. When Woods joined The Tour in September of 1996 (and, by the way, entered seven tournaments, won twice, and qualified for the Tour Championship), purses on the PGA Tour totaled just over $69 million.

"It's been a tough road", conceded Woods, "the amount of times that I've fallen because my leg didn't work or I just had to lay on the ground for extended periods of times. By the end of the week there will be a bunch of guys with a chance to win this tournament".

This wasn't the Florida swing, after all.

When the group teed off at Augusta National on the 10th hole, Twitter took notice of course. "Fore please", the man in the green jacket told the fans.

A terrible tee shot at the 11th flew past the trees of the right, and his next shot clipped some fans in the gallery, forcing Woods to scramble for a bogey.

"It didn't fade", Woods said with a sly grin. 14 and 16, the latter producing an old Tiger roar in the pines on a 12-footer that dropped through the right-side door.

"It was great to be back out there again", he said. But this is my best start in a few years.

Tiger Woods felt the love, but it was Jordan Spieth who heard the roars as he surged to a two-stroke lead in the Masters Thursday with a scintillating six-under par 66.

Garcia matched the most strokes needed on any hole in Masters history with his 13 at the par-five 15th - where he hit five consecutive balls in the water.

"Absolutely, absolutely", said Kuchar, who shot 31 on the back nine. Only a fool would write off Woods with three rounds to go.

There's more on Finau in this piece from David Lee of the Augusta Chronicle. "It's been awesome this entire comeback".

"I get asked about it every day out here on the range or walking down the fairway so I'm reminded all the time".

Tiger Woods had some rough moments during the first round of the Masters on Thursday, and he was frustrated with the patrons at Augusta National following at least one of his shots.



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