Tiger starts strong with 2-under 70 at the Masters

Tiger starts strong with 2-under 70 at the Masters

Three-time major victor Brooks Koepka and fellow American Bryson DeChambeau share the lead at the Masters after carding rounds of six-under 66 on the first day.

DeChambeau had worked his way through the turn clinging to a one-shot lead, but saw it all come undone with a double bogey at the 10th. "I guess I should have pulled the flagstick". "But no, it was a great shot, and I was excited just to tap in to finish off a great round".

Playing in the penultimate group and in the three-ball behind DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson then got to within one after birdies at five of the last seven holes and Koepka, the only man to go bogey-free, will have felt he should have ended the day in front.

I obviously fear Dustin Johnson but he only made one bogey all day yesterday and I'd be very surprised if he maintains that level of scorecard neatness. It was a good start for Woods in his quest to end 11 years without a major, and he was atop the leaderboard briefly until a late bogey. "I finished it off".

But Woods gathered himself and made birdie at the ninth and added another pair on the back nine, including at the par-four 14th where he lofted his approach over the trees to within 25 feet and then drained his putt to grab a share of the lead.

"I played well today", said former world number one Woods, who was among a pack of eight golfers one shot off the pace.

"I've shot this number and won four coats, so hopefully I can do it again".

Rory McIlroy, who arrived at the year's first major as golf's hottest player, produced a tepid effort in the first round with a 73 and will be in last group to tee off as he continues his bid for a Green Jacket to complete a career grand slam.

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But DeChambeau had an answer, roaring home with four straight birdies - and six birdies in his last seven holes.

"I made five birdies - that wasn't the problem", McIlroy said.

"It's there for the taking, and I'm surprised someone hasn't run off", McIlroy said. "It's pretty much the same people that are staying with me".

He's already won three majors, including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship.

Australian Jason Day, one-under through 11, received medical treatment on the course after tweaking his back while hitting his drive at the par-five second hole.

The 36-year-old Italian and last year's British Open victor made birdies on Nos.

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast to continue throughout the day and into weekend, threatening possible delays at the year's first major.

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