Tiger Woods Shoots 73 in Round 1 at Masters, Goes Right Back Out for Round 2

The five-time champion completed his first round Friday morning and the early morning at Augusta National did him no favors.
Apr 12, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods reacts to his fairway shot on no. 18 during the
Apr 12, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Tiger Woods reacts to his fairway shot on no. 18 during the / Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Network

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The early turnaround Friday morning at Augusta National did Tiger Woods no favors as the five-time Masters winner struggled to finish off his delayed first round, making two bogeys in his five holes to shoot 1-over 73.

Woods showed more discomfort than he did on Thursday afternoon when he played the first 13 holes in 1 under par.

But he seemed to labor more in the cold morning that saw temperatures in the low 50s. His first-round score of 73 left him in a tie for 37th place with a second round tee time at 10:18 a.m., with less than 45 minutes to regroup. He was eight shots behind Bryson DeChambeau, who completed his opening 65 Thursday.

Woods, 48, will need to be among the top 50 and ties to make the 36-hole cut for the 24th consecutive time at the Masters. He shares the record of 23 with Gary Player and Fred Couples.

Although Woods did not speak during the short window between the conclusion of play and the second of his second round, he undoubtedly would have lamented the second shot to the 14th hole.

After a 314-yard drive at 7:50 a.m., he laid the sod over his second shot from 124 yards and came up 20 yards short. That led to a bogey. At the par-5 15th, into the wind, his third shot from 70 yards went over the green and he nearly chipped in, settling for par.

He had an 18-footer for birdie at the 16th that he left short and a 23-footer at the 17th that he also left short. On the 18th, he found  the right greenside bunker, leading to his second bogey of the morning and third of the round.

For the round, Woods made two birdies and three bogeys, hit just eight of 18 greens and 10 of 14 fairways and took 27 putts. In his 26th Masters appearance, it is the 10th time Woods has shot over par in the first round.


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Bob Harig

BOB HARIG

Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for Sports Illustrated. He has more than 25 years experience covering golf, including 15 at ESPN. Bob is a regular guest on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and has written two books, DRIVE: The Lasting Legacy of Tiger Woods and Tiger and Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry. He graduated from Indiana University where he earned an Evans Scholarship, named in honor of the great amateur golfer Charles (Chick) Evans Jr. Bob, a former president of the Golf Writers Association of America, lives in Clearwater, Florida.