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Highlights: Tiger Woods' first-round 68 at Masters includes 4 birdies, near ace at 16

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Can he do it again?

So far, so good for the reigning Masters champion. Tiger Woods made three birdies in his first seven holes and ended up with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 Thursday at Augusta National.

It was Woods' first bogey-free round in a major in his past 106 major rounds. The round also tied Woods' best opening-round score at the Masters.

"I put a lot of it together today," Woods said afterward.

Woods, who started on No. 10, birdied both of the par-5s on the back side, Nos. 13 and 15. He hit the green in two at the former, two-putting for his first birdie of the day.

After his up-and-down birdie at No. 15, Woods nearly holed his tee shot at the par-3 16th. He made the short putt to move to 3 under.

After turning in 3-under 33, Woods started the front nine off with a birdie on the difficult first hole, where his drive ended up short of the right fairway bunker. Woods found the green with his next shot before draining the straight 18-footer for his fourth birdie of the day. (And how 'bout that fist pump?)

Woods nearly capped his round with birdie at the par-4 ninth, but he settled for par and still a very solid start. He was just three shots off of Paul Casey's lead when he finished his round.