After one day at the Masters, Tiger Woods had a simple message.
“You know,” Woods said. “I’m still in it.”
Woods, who was making his return to professional golf after a two-month break, shot a 1-over 73 Thursday, finishing the day in a tie for 41st, 10 shots back of leader Jordan Spieth.
Woods finished with three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine before closing with an even-par 36 on the back nine. His short game, which looked erratic earlier this year, was vastly improved. But he couldn’t make enough putts on Augusta’s difficult greens.
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“Our entire group was really struggling at the greens,” Woods said. “We were talking about how slow they were today. We had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough. You’ve got to give respect to the downhill putts, but they weren’t rolling out.”