Tiger Woods returned from his four-month layoff with an impressive round of 4-under 68. Woods shot the best opening round of his Masters career, and he made two eagles on Thursday.
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Woods received a huge ovation from the gallery when he came to the first tee for what was surely one of the most anticipated shots in Masters history. He hit a good one.
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Woods returned to the Masters after more than four months away from the game.
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"I had to hit the ball well and I had to make some putts," Woods said. "Unfortunately I didn't putt very good today, otherwise it could have been a very special round."
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Woods made two birdies, a bogey and an eagle on the front nine.
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After months of hiding out, Woods has re-emerged at Augusta National. Inside the ropes, he's the center of attention.
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Fred Couples is known for his easygoing demeanor, but the 50-year-old has been cleaning up on the Champions Tour this season, winning three times. He proved he can play with the young guys as well, taking the first-round lead with a six-under 66.
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Couples played in a sporty but non-traditional pair of golf shoes with no socks.
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Tom Watson nearly won the British Open last year, and he is off to a terrific start at the Masters. He birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a 5-under 67.
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Watson turned 60 in September.
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Phil Mickelson had been struggling with his game, but he found some magic on Thursday with a 5-under 67.
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Mickelson's wife, Amy, is battling breast cancer.
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Angel Cabrera started off well with a bogey-free 33 on the front nine, but he shot a 4-over 40 on the back nine. He is the defending champion.
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Anthony Kim won last week in Houston, and he continued his good play on Thursday with a 4-under 68.
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Ernie Els was 3-under par until making a double bogey on 18.
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Jim Furyk needed a birdie on 18 to shoot an 80.
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Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer met on the first tee Thursday morning to kick off the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.
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Palmer nailed his shot down the right side of the first hole.
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Nicklaus joined Palmer as a ceremonial starter for the first time.
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