Tiger Woods' opening-round score of two-under-par 70 doesn't reflect how well he played Thursday in the 77th Masters at Augusta National.
Woods posted a clean scorecard on his front nine—seven pars and two birdies—to shoot a two-under 34. On the back nine, he simply couldn't buy a putt, carding just a single birdie despite giving himself many viable opportunities.
The No. 1-ranked player in the world entered Augusta with more momentum and confidence than any player in the field, winning three of five events this season and six of his last 20 PGA Tour starts overall. Additionally, his record at the Masters is nearly unmatched: 18 starts, 12 top-10 finishes and four green jackets.
Marc Leishman shot the best, and most surprising, round of the day with a six-under, leaving Tiger just four shots off the lead. The truth is, even if Tiger were 10 shots back, he'd still have a say in this championship. The Masters is his bread and butter, his favorite course in the world and the major he wants to win most.
Read on and take a deeper dive into the specific elements of Tiger's game from Round 1.