Masters 2019: Tiger Woods makes strong start in first round at Augusta National | - South Africa News

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2019 Masters
Dates: 11-14 April Venue: Augusta National
Coverage: Watch highlights of the first two days before uninterrupted live coverage of the final rounds on BBC Two, with up to four live streams online. Live radio and text commentary of all four days on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full details

Four-time champion Tiger Woods hit a solid two-under-par 70 to sit one shot off the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the 83rd Masters.

The American had four birdies and two bogeys to finish one adrift of the early clubhouse leaders.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, 2013 champion Adam Scott and South Africa’s Justin Harding lead on three under at Augusta.

Rory McIlroy began his latest quest to win a first Masters with five birdies and six bogeys in a topsy-turvy 73.

Tommy Fleetwood is the best Englishman in the clubhouse after a 71.

McIlroy’s round was bookended by scruffy bogeys. Following a wayward drive down the right on the first, he clattered his second into a tree and was unable to chip and putt for a par.

And a missed par putt from five feet on the 18th, after a bogey on the 17th, saw the Northern Irishman finish a round that had flashes of promise, one over par.

Woods too bogeyed the par-four 17th after hitting his tee shot into the trees, and when he drove into a fairway bunker on the 18th, he too looked to be heading for an untidy finish. However, he smashed his ball from the sand onto the green and two-putted from 30 feet.

Prior to the 17th, there had been few dramas for the 14-time major champion, who last won here in 2005. His solitary bogey had come on the newly elongated par-four fifth after finding a fairway bunker with his tee shot.

That dropped the 14-time major champion back to level par but a birdie on the ninth was followed by successive birdies on the par-five 13th – the roar that greeted it echoing around Augusta National – and par-four 14th.

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