Master Leaderboard: Tiger Woods off to Solid Start, Being Chased by Young Talent

Seph AndersonCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Tiger Woods of the United States stands with caddie Joe LaCava on the first hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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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.

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.

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.