Tiger Woods made a fairly routine birdie on the par-5 eighth hole to get back to even par during Thursday's first round of the Masters. His ninth hole, however, was more of an adventure.
Tiger hooked his drive into the trees left of the fairway on No. 9, and it kicked even farther left into the first fairway. So far left that he had a pretty clear shot to the green. But he then blocked his second shot so badly that it traveled only 94 yards and wound up back in the left trees. Here’s Tiger’s drive on the par-4 ninth hole:
Tiger’s third shot was actually quite impressive. From about 130 yards away, he hit a low punch off the pine straw that caught the back of the green and stopped on a dime; remarkable after two abysmal swings in a row. From the back of the green, Tiger two-putted for bogey and a front nine of one-over 37. Not bad.