Tiger Woods doesn’t seem ready to give back the green jacket

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods waited 19 months to defend his Masters title. On Thursday, he had to wait three more hours thanks to a weather delay that hit not long after play began in the first round at Augusta National.

With a few people around him instead of the thousands that usually pack this place and watch and roar his every move, Woods looked a lot like the guy he was in April 2019 and not at all like the one he’s been since golf returned from its COVID-19 hiatus.

Woods, who hasn’t finished higher than T-37 in the six events he has played since the sport came back from break, opened with 68. It was the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship that Woods has gone bogey-free in a major, a stretch of 105 rounds. It’s the first time he’s ever gone bogey-free to open the Masters.

“There was really nothing, looking back on it, that I could have done better,” Woods said.

Here’s how it happened:

No. 10: Par 4, 495 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 11: Par 4, 505 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 12: Par 3, 155 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: Even

No. 13: Par 5, 510 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 1 under

No. 14: Par 4, 440 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 1 under

No. 15: Par 5, 530 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 2 under

No. 16: Par 3, 170 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 3 under

No. 17: Par 4, 440 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 3 under

No. 18: Par 4, 465 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 3 under

No. 1: Par 4, 445 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 2: Par 5, 575 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 3: Par 4, 350 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 4: Par 3, 240 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 5: Par 4, 495 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 6: Par 3, 180 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 7: Par 4, 450 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 8: Par 5, 570 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 under

No. 9: Par 4, 460 yards

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4-under 68

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