Tiger Woods’ Masters Defense Starts With A Bogey-Free Opening Round

Tiger Woods is notorious for getting off to a slow start in majors, but not this time. His green jacket Masters defense got off to a flying start as he logged an opening round 68. He did not have a single bogey on a major scorecard for the first time since 2009.

For those of you that don’t follow @GCTigerTracker on Twitter, let’s just say he’s excited.

Tiger had everything working today, showing his usual magic unusually early. Woods, at the advanced golf age of 44, tends to ease himself into tournaments. It could be that he likes to wait until an uptick in competition.

Woods is, however, as elated as we are about his opening-round 68.

Tiger Woods’ answer “everything” here means, well, everything: his back, his driver, and his level of comfort on the greens. He’s well-known for tinkering with his own games, so it’s not everyday that he expresses satisfaction with where he is. He was sharp today, and you can see for yourself.

In the hunt

He’s currently in fourth-place at -4, with Paul Casey leading the pack at -7. This is the perfect position for an aging Tiger Woods to give himself a chance by Sunday. If you were to ask Tiger, he would tell you it’s go time.

“There is a sense of ease when I come here, just because I understand how to prepare for this golf course,” Woods said.

Well, he’s not wrong. He won this bad boy last year, and we learned never to doubt him again. His real supporters never did, and they’ll be at the edge of their couches tomorrow when he tees off at 12 p.m. ET.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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