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Tiger Woods gets comeback underway with opening par at Masters

Tiger Woods started his highly-anticipated return to competitors with a par on his first gap at the Masters on Thursday in entrance of a throng of patrons thrilled to see the five-time champion again.

Woods, carrying a pink shirt and black pants on his return to the Masters following a February 2021 automobile crash, was greeted at the par-four 445-yard first gap to a raucous reception from spectators who arrived at Augusta National within the early-morning hours to get a front-row seat.

In his first aggressive spherical of golf in 508 days, Woods despatched his opening tee simply in need of the green bunker, watched his method trickle off the entrance of the inexperienced after which chipped to 10 toes earlier than saving par.

Woods’ accident, which practically resulted in medical doctors amputating his proper leg, cast critical doubt on his skilled {golfing} future however the 15-times main champion stated earlier this week that he seems like he can nonetheless compete at the very best degree.

If Woods, 46, can pull off the unthinkable with a win this week he would grow to be the oldest Masters champion by three weeks over 18-times main winner Jack Nicklaus, who collected his report sixth Green Jacket in 1986.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, who final year grew to become the primary Japanese man to win a serious championship, was taking part in within the group behind Woods alongside with world quantity seven Justin Thomas and James Piot, who’s considered one of six amateurs within the discipline.

Rory McIlroy, who wants a win this week to finish the career Grand Slam, is because of exit within the day’s remaining group at 2:33 p.m. ET (1833 GMT) whereas former champions Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson and reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm had been additionally among the many late starters.

The begin to the year’s first main was delayed half-hour because of early-morning thunderstorms however the added wait couldn’t dampen the joy round Augusta National, which had its typical full home after two years of COVID-19 restrictions.

Festivities started at 8:15 a.m. ET when honorary starters Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson, who’ve a mixed 35 main titles between them, obtained the year’s first main underway with their ceremonial tee photographs.

Watson, making his first look as a Masters honorary starter, addressed the group as he approached the primary tee the place he spoke about what it meant to be a part of a convention that features Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson.

“May I say something?,” the 72-year-old Watson stated. “I would like to say how honoured I am to be with Gary and Jack.

“I watched this ceremony many instances previously … to be part of this factor I’m really humbled.”

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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