Tiger Woods headlines Wide-Open 2018 Masters

Rory McIlroy who'll bid to complete a grand slam is grouped with Jon Rahm and Adam Scott

Woods is considered one of the favourites to collect a 15th major title this week, less than a year after spinal fusion surgery relived him from years of debilitating back pain that kept him out of the last two Master.

Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. It was the 18th playoff in Masters history. In addition to notching his first win since 2013, he's had four other top 10s and hasn't been out of the top 25 in his last six starts.

The meltdown left Garcia at 10 over in the opening round and 14 shots behind the leaders.

Along with a green jacket, the No. 1 ranking is up for grabs. However, although he is struggling to consistently find the fairway during his impressive comeback season, he's not having any difficulty generating power. CBS will have shot tracer technology on certain holes, be sure to check out the curve on Bubba's tee shots. Thus far, Woods has been unflinching. "It's a challenge. So we've got to be on top of our game to force the Sunday charge to put on a Green Jacket".

On the eve of The Masters, the opening three-ball of Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr. and Wesley Bryan may be concerned to see that teeing off between 8am-9am US time (1pm-2pm United Kingdom time) on the opening day has led to the lowest portion of cuts made in recent years.

Since then, Tiger Tracker said he had attended each of the 60-plus tournaments that Woods has played, from Australia to Abu Dhabi to California.

And it's got to be hard to get the killer instinct back when you're suddenly trying to be friends with guys you made your life's mission to beat.

"He's going to threaten", three-time Masters victor Faldo said.

The boomerang-shaped fourth hole has given Woods difficulty over the past 20 rounds. Throw in his past two results - second in Tampa, fifth in Orlando, in contention on the back nine on Sunday both times - and he faces expectations like he did in his prime. Each of the past three Masters winners have averaged par or better, with a combined scoring average of 3.17 strokes. The tournament course alone covers more than 100 acres of the Augusta National property, but an army of volunteer marshals are able to keep the patron traffic flowing throughout the week.

Woods shot a 1-over 73 in the opening round Thursday, failing to make up any ground on the four par 5s.

Now, with Woods returning to the Masters fold for the first time since 2015, when he tied for 17th, Nike is commemorating his 21st appearance at Augusta National with a highlight video through the years.

The second hole requires an easy draw and for players to avoid the bunkers if they want to score well. But this was clearly a day to fine tune his game, a day to get ready for his first Masters in three years.

Woods has dominated the pre-tournament talk to the point that Justin Rose, last year's runner-up, didn't even have to refer to him by name.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is back, two-time victor Bubba Watson is playing some of his best golf after a down year in 2017, and young stars like Jon Rahm, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele are looking to make their marks on this historic track of green.

Tiger Woods and caddie Joe Lacava walk to the 15th green. Since 2010, Woods has finished with par or better in all but two rounds, with a scoring average of 4.81.

On five occasions the tournament has had to finish on Monday because of bad weather earlier in the tournament.

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