April 9th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

Tiger, Couples shine, but Augusta will bite back

As we head into the weekend The Masters has already lived up to its pre-tournament billing.

Tiger Woods could easily have shot a 64 at Augusta on Thursday.
Tiger Woods could easily have shot a 64 at Augusta on Thursday.

It’s my first time at Augusta and it feels like I am walking around a Hollywood movie set. The script that has been unfolding since Tiger’s press conference belongs on the big screen.

On Thursday all eyes were on Tiger’s much anticipated tee-off. The day ended with the world’s number one shooting his lowest round on the opening day of The Masters. It was also the first time he nailed two eagles in a round at Augusta’s famous course.

But even though the world’s media were trained on Tiger’s every move, this was far from a one-man show on what was a remarkable first day. Thirty-one players finished under par, four players aged over 50 remain in red figures and the unlikely figure of Fred Couples leads the way.

If you’re wondering why Couples, who has won once here, jumped the field at the tender age of 50 you need to look at his performance on the Champions Tour, the tour for the over fifties.

He had three straight wins on his way to Augusta and he has been putting as if his life depended on it, and if you’re putting well at Augusta then you’re in the frame no matter how old you are.

What about Tiger? It has been vintage stuff. He was ragged in some areas but still managed to pull off minor miracles. His birdie on the 9th, after he hooked his second shot around the corner just to get to the green, left us awe struck.

He has his game face on again. It might be a new, contrite Tiger outside the ropes, but inside he’s still the hungry competitor. I predicted in my previous blog he would win the Masters, and nothing I’ve seen has changed my mind. Had his putter been working Thursday he might even have shot a 64.

But today is another day. This roller coaster ride is bound to take more sharp turns. The tournament committee moved the tee boxes forward and made the pin positions a lot easier on day one due to expected severe weather.

It didn’t come and the course was left to the mercy of the players. Friday will see Augusta bite back, and bite back hard.

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  1. Corve DaCosta

    hope he does well...

    April 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  2. ibarakumo matthew

    goodluck to you tiger

    April 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  3. Segzy ben

    Tiger wood will win the masters know matter how the media pressurise him...

    April 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  4. ibraheem

    sure i agree with you, woods will win again.

    April 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  5. eli

    i dunno how he does that w/ all that pressure !!

    April 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  6. Hammedeo

    To me tiger wood is nothing but a woody element.Infact he is not competent enough to be a golfer.If he is competent enough of playing golf,i hereby challenge u to my locality for the ultimate challenge.Before i write this comment,i have been under 2 month trainning just because of u.I f u are sure of personality,let have a tie.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  7. Nwanne

    As long as am concerned woods is the best,and he can do it again bécause is in him.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  8. Nwanne mbaeyi

    Once am concérned woods is the best,he can do it again because its in him

    April 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  9. Hollywood

    Tiger is the best ever.. So tiger will bite back too....

    April 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  10. Malcolm Green ( London England)

    Undoubtedly, Tiger will win this championship. I have every confidence in him ! His troubles would have made him hungrier and mover eager and determined- he is a fighter.

    I hope he has put his mis-guidencea=s behind him and reformed
    for good.

    All the best regards, Tiger

    Salut from Londres.


    April 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  11. Ayansiji funmilola

    I believe Tiger can do it .

    April 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  12. Not yours

    By now, It's very clear that Tiger will be ok. It's obvious that you all don't want to leave the guy alone. Everyone is acting like Tiger Woods committed a crime – hardly. Why can't the media and the rest of you leave him alone? It's really none of any of your business, period.
    Some you are also are acting like it;s only men are the ones who are cheating. The media should really do a topic on women who cheat next.
    What some you don't understand or know is that he's no different than most you, who are hating on him.

    April 10, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  13. jorgen friis

    if Augusta bites back as you say then surely chances for Tiger increase proportionally. Course adversity gets his adrenanlin pumping and being
    the maestro that he is who is better equipped to take advantage of this?
    Oldies such as Watson, Couples will have their moment in the sun but cant see them sustaining one exceptional round with 3 more to win the
    jacket. Whether Tiger wins is by no means a certainty as also depends on his frame of mind given what he's going through. Theoretically, anyone playing has a chance to win but realistically only a few will be left standing
    at the end contesting the jacket. The cut will give us some idea where to look for a potential winner and for sure Tiger will be in that group

    April 10, 2010 at 5:22 am | Reply
  14. Lawrence

    He should just go ahead and do what he does best – golf.

    April 11, 2010 at 11:27 am | Reply
  15. Rob Goodman

    Beckham takes Free kicks....... Tiger plays par Fives........ and if your 6 feet 7 with size ...you win swimming races... get over him......

    Par 3 ......come on Tiger admit it your happier trying to crush one down the fairway 300 plus (and getting a nice bounce from the trees) then a half,three quarter bunt under the wind to 170 yrd par 3 !

    April 12, 2010 at 8:36 am | Reply
  16. Sency

    all of the pressure ended up being too much for Tiger


    April 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  17. JR

    Lefty proved what a real man and character is all about...Tiger could learn a few things from PM...

    April 13, 2010 at 2:43 am | Reply
  18. Akash(Mumbai, India)

    Hi Justin!
    It's good to see Tiger picking up the pieces. May he be guided by the right forces and not the wrong. I hope you did not put any money on him though. If you did, i'll buy you a pair of Nikes some day.... What am i saying! I'm an Adidas guy. Have been for many years. Three pairs in fifteen years.
    No, i'm not cheap. That's just how good the shoe is.
    I don't get to follow sports as much as i'd like to but tell all your friends at World Sport that i hope to have something to look forward to for you guys by the start of the World Cup.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:40 am | Reply

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