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On Golf: Tiger Woods Is More Dogged Than Dazzling in His Return to the Masters

At the par-4 11th, where the fabled corner starts, Woods’s drive sailed right; his low second shot smacked a member of the gallery and landed in the rough; his chip stopped 20 feet from the hole; and his par putt missed.

At the par-3 12th, Woods’s tee shot landed in Rae’s Creek. After he pitched to 18 feet, Woods made the bogey putt. After another errant drive on the par-5 13th, Woods hit another low shot that scattered the patrons, he pitched to 16 feet and narrowly missed a birdie attempt.

At that point, Woods was three over par and seven strokes behind the early pacesetter, Marc Leishman, who was part of his group. (Tommy Fleetwood rounded out the threesome). But Woods, digging deep, then birdied two of his final five holes.

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Tiger Woods tips his hat on the sixth hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (A

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“I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back,” Woods said.

That was more than the defending champion Sergio García could say after a…

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