Woods finally finds his smile on this tough Sunday


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods let loose his first big smile on this Masters Sunday.

After holing a shot from the seventh fairway for eagle, he threw his arms in the air and flashed his pearly white teeth.

It was the first good thing that’s happened to him over the first seven holes but still leaves him five shots back.

The Tiger Woods we watched through the first six holes is a guy folks wouldn’t have been surprised to see on Thursday in his return to golf. Woods was off his game through a third of his final round, not sharp at all. It’s understandable given Woods did not give himself a warmup before coming here after five months away from tournament golf and given the emotional upheaval in his life. Still, he started so strongly Thursday he almost made you forget.

Woods started Sunday making mistakes at his first six holes.

There was the big, bad hook at the first that led to bogey, his uncharacteristically leaving a shot in the greenside bunker at the second that cost him a birdie chance, his clumsily hammering a short pitch over the third green that cost him another birdie chance, his over-shaped fade at the fourth that missed the green and led to bogey, his poor drive at the fifth setting up yet another bogey and his weak tee shot at the sixth.