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The Masters 2019: Why Tiger Woods’ opening round of 70 is bad news for the rest of the field at Augusta
The four-time champion will be hoping to add to his collection of green jackets this week
Tiger Woods got off to a solid start at The Masters on Thursday with a two-under-par round of 70.
Most of the field would be content with an under-par first 18 at the notoriously challenging Augusta.
Woods is tied 11th and four shots off leaders Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka – who shot 66.
Three-time former Masters champions Phil Mickelson is one shot further back after his opening round of 67.
A score of 70 on the opening day is possibly a good omen for the 43-year-old Woods.
In three of his four victories at Augusta, the veteran hit the exact same opening round score and went on to win the Green Jacket.
His first came in 1997 when he won by an astonishing 12 shots. The second was in 2001 when 16-under-par was enough to win.
He made it back-to-back victories the following year and became the first person since Nick Faldo in 1990 to defend his title.
Woods’ fourth, and last, win at The Masters came in 2005 but he had to come back from a disappointing opening round of 74 to win.
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He eventually fought his way back to win a play-off against Chris DiMarco.
The 14-time major champion will tee off for his second round at this year’s competition at 5.49pm (GMT) with Jon Rahm and Haotong Li.