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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods made his first tee shot at the Masters on Thursday.
His round officially began at 11:04 a.m., marking his return to competitive level golf after an absence of approximately 18 months, first due to back surgery and then, and most importantly, due to a automobile accident so serious that he nearly lost one of his legs.
Dressed in a pink polo shirt and black pants, Woods shook hands with his playing partners, Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann. He then took his wood-1 out of his bag, removed the head guard, a stuffed tiger, of course, and completed the final stages of his flexibility exercises.
Spectators lined both sides of the first hole fairway and around the tee box, hoping to witness the moment.
Woods was the first to comply and touched the paddle of his cap in recognition when the official announcer introduced him to the spectators, before settling behind his ball.
He didn’t look too happy with that first tee shot, pouting as his ball headed to the right of the fairway and into a bunker.
But Woods was back and had just started his first round at the Masters. He scored par on the first five holes, before birdying on the 6th hole. After a par in the 7th, he bogeyed in the 8th.
Woods saved par on the 9th hole to complete his front nine with a score of 36. Woods’ playing partner, Joaquin Niemann, currently leads the tournament with a cumulative minus 3.
Moments before, Britain’s Paul Casey announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to back spasms.
Tiger Woods close to the hole in one
Casey was due to start at 10:53 a.m., just before Woods, along with Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith.
Three Canadians are in the tournament, including 2003 champion Mike Weir. Weir made his first tee shot at 8:41 a.m. and scored a six, a double bogey.
Mackenzie Hughes (10:09 a.m.) and Corey Conners (12:43 p.m.) are the other two Canadians entered in the first Grand Slam tournament of the men’s golf season.
Overnight rain forced organizers to delay the start of the first round by 30 minutes.
Meteorologists say the chances of additional precipitation for Thursday are slim, although strong winds could welcome the wave of golfers who will tee off in the afternoon.
Temperatures could cool down over the weekend, with a forecast low of around five degrees Celsius on Saturday night, an unusually low mercury in the Augusta area for this time of year.
Protocol and humor
As is customary, the tournament began with ceremonial tee-offs from three sports legends, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, for whom it was a first.
And they added a little humor to this always special moment.
Player, a three-time winner at Augusta and long a staunch promoter of good physical condition, was the first to take to the mound. Watson couldn’t help but tease the South African.
“Is he going to do a push-up? asked Watson.
“I made it while you were sleeping this morning!” “replied Player.
Nicklaus, a tournament-record six-time Green Jacket winner, followed and wondered aloud if he was going to fall while trying to put his tee on the ground!
” Yes! I succeeded! “, he then exclaimed, generating more laughter among the spectators around the mound.
Then it was Watson’s turn to comply. A two-time tournament winner – his first title was 45 years ago – Watson made a point of saying a few words.
“I would like to say how honored I am to be with Gary and Jack. I have watched this ceremony many times in the past […] and to participate in it touches me sincerely. »