Woods pleased with opening 71


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Perhaps more than anyone in the field, Tiger Woods knows the Masters is the ultimate putting contest, but if his 30 putts on Day 1 were a concern to him he didn’t let on following a 1 under par round that left him six strokes off the lead.

“Today is one of those days where I hit beautiful putts. I was hitting my lines and they just weren’t going in,” Woods said. “That’s fine. It’s not like I was pulling it or blocking it or something like that. I felt really comfortable with it.”

Although most observers have fixated on Woods’ long game, his putting has probably suffered the most during his most recent swing change. He’s currently 107th on Tour in putting average and 135th in putts from 25 feet and in.

Still, Woods didn’t sound like a man overly concerned with his position on the leaderboard. “I’m very pleased,” he said.