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4:15 pm - Woods finishes off his round with two pars and is in the clubhouse at six-under-par for the tournament, just three strokes off the lead.
Hmm, I wonder how well Poulter and Westwood are going to sleep tonight??
3:35 pm - Woods sticks his appraoch shot to within five feet on the picturesque par-three 16th but is unable to convert his birdie putt.
Woods' playing partner K.J. Choi just birdied the 16th and is also at six-under-par for the tournament, two stokes behind Poulter and Westwood.
Despite grinding it out for most of the day, Woods has actually moved up four spots on the leaderboard and is tied for third with Choi and Kim.
3:25 pm - Woods continues to dominate the par fives with a birdie at the 15th. He is now at six-under-par for the tournament and three strokes off the pace being set by Poulter and Westwood, who are each tearing up this golf course in conditions that would definitely not be described as easy.
2:34 pm - Woods laid up on the par-five 13th, wedged to around 20 feet and drained his birdie putt to move to five-under-par for the tournament.
The British are invading Augusta National. Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are tied for the lead at eight-under-par.
2:20 pm - Woods has carded nine consecutive pars. I'm not sure if anyone on the golf course has hit as many lag putts as Woods has today, but he's getting the job done, or at least not loosing very much ground of the field.
2:10 pm - Lee Westwood nearly pulled a Gene Sarazen on the par-five second when his second shot came to within four feet of the hole. Of course Sarazen's double eagle came on the 15th hole during the final round of the 1935 Masters, but I honestly can't think of the last double eagle at Augusta.
Westwood followed his eagle at the second with a birdie at the third and has taken a two-stroke lead over the field.
Woods is still plodding along at even par for the day and four under par for the tournament.
1:40 pm - After a two and a half hour practice session, Mickelson has finally stepped onto the first tee box...the guy must be exhausted.
Tiger - still even par on his round - just pounded his drive down the middle of the 11th fairway. He has officially arrived at Amen Corner.
1:30 pm - After opening his round with a bogey, Tom Watson hit a driver off the deck for his second shot into the par-five second and the ball came to rest 20 feet from the hole. Watson settled for a birdie but he has just bogeyed the par four third.
Ian Poulter is two-under-par for his round and is tied with Couples and Barnes atop the leaderboard.
Not much happening on the Tiger front, he's still at even par for the round and four-under-par four the tournament.
1:15 pm - Woods two-putts for par at the ninth and is even par for his round.
Woods is not nearly as sharp as he was yesterday, but he's grinding away and is still just two strokes off the lead.
Update: Couples woke up at 7am with sharp pains in his back. He hit only a few practice shots before heading over to the first tee this morning and appears to be really struggling with the pain as he attempts to just get through this round with his lead intact.
12:50 pm - Woods is still even par for the day through seven holes. Couples dropped a stroke at the ninth and is currently at six-under-par for the tournament.
The biggest moving this morning has been former U.S. Amateur champ Ricky who is two-under-par for the day and has moved into a tie with Fred Couples at six-under-par for the tournament.
Woods round so far can best be described as uneventful...but Amen Corner is looming just four holes ahead of him.
12:15 pm - Tiger pars the sixth.
Phil Mickelson has been pounding golf balls on the driving range for an hour now with his coach Butch Harmon looking on, and he is still another hour away from his tee time.
The last time Mickelson took this approach was before the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The result = Mickelson bogeyed his first three holes and wound up shooting a 73. Needless to say, he's hoping for a better result this afternoon.
12:10 pm - Woods gets up and down for par at the fifth. He's been having trouble controlling his driver which is forcing him to scramble on nearly every hole. It could be a stressfull day for Woods if he does not start finding the fairway.
He's hitting his shots without sunglasses but is then immediately putting them back on. Several players appear to be doing the same and the consensus seems to be that this is due to a combination of pollen and a bright sun.
11:45 am - Woods pulled his tee shot left on the par-three fourth and failed to get up-and-down for par. He drops to -4 for the tournament.
11:40 am - Tiger Woods got up-and-down for birdie at the par-five second and then parred the third. He's currently at five-under-par and just two strokes off the lead held by Fred Couples.
Three early observations:
1) Woods' eyes appear to be bothering him. Whether it's the pollen or cool early morning air, I don't know.
2) He is hitting the ball longer than he did last year. Perhaps his left knee is now at 100 percent and/or his Achilles tendor is fully healthy, but, whatever the reason he has been absolutely destroying the golf ball over the past two days.
3) Although not all putts are falling, he is rolling the ball very well on the greens.
11:05 am - After finding the pinestraw with his opening drive, Woods punched out to just short of the green and got up-and-down for par.
Woods did not make the same mistake at the second hole, he pounded his drive right down the middle of the fairway.
10:40 am - Woods pulled his tee shot left into the pine straw on the first hole. He appears to be playing with sunglasses on which is a rare sight with Woods. He might be trying to seek some refuge from all the pollen flying arond Augusta National this morning.
10:30 am - Fred Couples moved to seven-under-par and Tiger Woods will tee off in less than five minutes.
Not surprisingly, Tiger Woods spent most of his morning on the practice putting green.
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