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Masters 2019: Tiger Woods begins chase for fifth green jacket

first_imgTiger Woods, met with a deafening roar of approval at his first-tee introduction Thursday morning at the Masters, opened with a perfect drive to draw an even bigger response as he began the 2019 tournament on an Augusta National course, where he has thrilled fans for more than two decades.Seeking his fifth Masters title, his first since 2005, Woods teed off at 11:04 a.m. ET in a grouping with Haotong Li and Jon Rahm. Masters 2019: Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus get tournament underway “It proved to me that I could win again,” Woods said earlier in the week.That’s quite a difference from 2018, when Woods’ arrival at Augusta National was met with as much curiosity as fanfare in his return to the tournament coming off spinal fusion surgery. He finished tied for 30th last year at 6-under.This year? He clearly thinks his game is in shape to not only still compete with a young generation of golfers who weren’t around when he last one the Masters, but beat them, too, for a 15th major title that he has been waiting more than 10 years to get.”I would not have foreseen that for sure,” Woods said earlier this week. “After I won my 14th, I felt like I still had plenty of more major championships that I could win, unfortunately I just didn’t do it, I put myself there with chances on the back nine with various places, I just haven’t won. On the opening 445-yard par 4, Woods followed his drive with an iron to the middle of a receptive green on a hole that hasn’t been kind to him (he is 16-over par in his career on No. 1, known as “Tea Olive”). Woods two-putted from there for a tidy par and a steady start to the round.Playing in his second consecutive Masters after experiencing a litany of personal and physical problems, Woods arrived at the year’s first major with renewed confidence born out of his victory in the Tour Championship last fall. Related Newscenter_img “Hopefully I put myself there again.”Woods has been particularly good at Augusta National, even amid struggles elsewhere, finishing sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and 17th in 2015.Woods, Li and Rahm will play together again Friday, scheduled to tee off at 1:49 p.m. before the 36-hole cut is made at the tournament’s midpoint. Updated Masters 2019 odds: Tiger Woods draws record bet among favorites as tournament tees offlast_img read more

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