No. 1 ranked golfer Tiger Woods finished the first round of the Masters Tournament tied for12th place on April 11 in Augusta, Ga.

The four-time Masters champion finished the round 2-under-par with a score of 70, the same first-round score he finished with in each of the four Masters tournaments he has won. He’s four shots behind Australian pro Marc Leishman, who finished the first round in first place with a score of 66.

“It’s a good start,” Woods told reporters after the round. “Some years some guys shoot 65 starting out here. But right now I’m only four back and I’m right there.”
Still, Woods appeared disappointed with his start, given his recent success this year. Woods finally began dominating golf courses on an elite level of play this year, overcoming a few years of mediocrity following a marital infidelity scandal.

His start to this year’s tournament was decent, but not at the level of play he has enjoyed in other tournaments in 2013. Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Cadillac Championship before he entered the Masters, and hoped to carry that rhythm into the Masters.

“It was benign, especially starting out,” Woods told TV reporters. “The wind picked up in the middle part of the round. Got a little swirly there at , as usual. But overall, I think the biggest challenge today was just the speed of the greens. They weren’t quite there. They looked it, but just weren’t quite putting it.”

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Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor