Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods was greeted with a deluge of rain on day one of the 2020 Masters Tournament, but when he wrapped up his bogey-free round, the 15-time major champion had fired a 4-under 68 and found himself in good position to contend for his sixth green jacket.
The 68 matches Woods best opening round at Augusta National Golf Club and he trails leader Paul Casey by three shots. Woods is currently is an eight-way tie for fifth place with Hideki Matsuyama, Lee Westwood, Matthew Wolff, Dylan Fritelli, Louis Oosthuizen and past Masters champions Adam Scott and Patrick Reed.
“I did everything well,” Woods said. “I drove it well, hit my irons well, putted well. The only real bad shot I hit today was I think 8. I had a perfect number with a 60-degree sand wedge and I hit it on the wrong shelf. Other than that, I just did everything well. The only thing I could say is that I wish I could have made a couple more putts.”
“Understanding how to play this golf course is so important,” Woods said. “I was saying there that I’ve been lucky enough to have so many practice rounds throughout my career with so many past champions, and I was able to win this event early in my career and build myself up for the understanding that I’m going to come here each and every year.”
Woods played alongside 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry and 2019 U.S. Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree.
1992 Masters champion Fred Couples is currently sitting at 2-over through nine. He began on the second nine and birdied three of his last four holes before play was suspended.
Play was called due to darkness with roughly half of the 92-player field out on the course. The first round will resume at 7:30 a.m. EST on Friday morning.