What Tiger Woods Said After Shooting 70 in the Masters Thursday
Bill Speros, author for Golfweek
Augusta, GA – Tiger Woods showed plenty of roar during Round 1 of the Masters Thursday, crushing drives down the fairway and displaying plenty of flare from Augusta National’s crushed-marble bunkers and its “second cut.”
He even held a share of the lead at 3-under on the back nine before a bogey on 17 knocked on him into a tie for second with nine others.
Despite that late slip, Woods was upbeat after his round.
His 70 mirrors the 70 he scored in the first round back in 1997. And while no one expects Woods to finish at 18-under this time, he did show plenty of game and appears physically ready to make a run this weekend.
It was the putter that betrayed Woods Thursday within 10 feet. Otherwise, he would have finished 18 with the lead.
Here is some of what he had to say afterward to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and during his post-round press conference:
Overall assessment of Round 1
“I thought I played well today. I thought I hit a lot of good shots. If I missed it, I missed it in the correct spots, which is always key. I had some of those simpler up-and-downs because of that.”
“I felt like I played well and I did all the things I needed to do today to post a good number. I drove it well, hit some good iron shots, speed was good on the greens. And it was tricky, the winds as of right now it puffs up, it goes down, it switches directions, and it’s typical of this golf course, it just kind of swirls out there and it’s hard to get a bead on the exactly what it’s doing at all times.”…