Tiger Woods shot a 70 (two-under) in Round 1 of the 2013 Masters.
Coincidentally, it's the exact same score Tiger posted in opening rounds of three of his four Masters wins.
The four-time Masters champion opened the tournament with pars on each of his first five holes before making birdies on hole Nos. 6 and 8. In doing so, Woods shot two-under on the front nine.
Besides a birdie on No. 13 and a bogey on No. 14, Tiger played the rest of the back nine even. As a result, he finished Round 1 at two-under. Currently in a tie for No. 12 with a host of other golfers, Woods is four shots back of leader Marc Leishman as afternoon play continues at the Masters.
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Tiger on his round: "I was very satisfied. I played very solidly and got a good round out of it." #Masters2013-4-11 20:11:02
While Tiger recorded a rather pedestrian 70 on Thursday, let's take a look at how he actually fared on the course:
Greens in Regulation: 13-of-18
Fairways Hit: 9-of-14
Total Putts: 30
The four previous times Woods opened with a 70 (two-under), he recorded Round 2 scores of 72 (2009), 69 (2002), 66 (2001) and 66 (1997). There's no reason to think he won't go low again Friday, when a wet course is expected at Augusta National.
Without question, Tiger will have to compete mentally with himself Friday and into the weekend.
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Watch: @TigerWoods talks to Tom Rinaldi after shooting 70 in Round 1 of @The_Masters http://t.co/nqylWqMtOi2013-4-11 20:50:54
However, the Round 1 leaderboard is already chocked full of golf's brightest young stars.
Young Names on the Leaderboard (as of 3:25 p.m. ET)
2. Sergio Garcia (minus-five, through 11 holes)
4. Ricky Fowler (minus-four, final)
T5. Zach Johnson (minus-three, final)
T6. Dustin Johnson (minus-three, through 11 holes)
T11. Brandt Snedeker (minus-two, final)
T11. Justin Rose (minus-two, final)
While some of these young names will fade in Round 2, others and more will likely go low again.
Tiger best take full advantage of what should be favorable scoring conditions in Round 2 at Augusta National. He's off to a solid start, but he simply can't let up if he hopes to capture his fifth Masters.