82nd Masters underway; Tiger on the course

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the Masters Tournament

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Woods has donned the green jacket four times during his career, but has not won the event since 2005. I love the golf course.

The ABT crowd - Anybody But Tiger - is just as hooked on watching him again but against him regaining that perch.

You can watch live coverage and interviews from Augusta National each morning.

"But most importantly, I want to stay here", he said.

17 of 19 different winners on PGA Tour in 2017-18 season (excludes Ryan Armour/Sanderson Farms Championship and Brice Garnett/Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship).

Leishman's chip from behind the green rolled through the putting surface and into the water.

"You can't come into an event thinking that, well, Tiger's going to win, I'm going to play for second place".

The opening hole was just the first of 72 at the tournament, but after holding their breath after his tee shot, Tiger fans around the world could exhale when he came back to start the day even.

That's good news for 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett who heads out at 9.58am, while returning former world number one Tiger Woods has been handed an opening round time of 10.42am. "Now to think that I'm this age, the time just flies by".

This year's Masters will have a little more star power than in previous years, as all of golf's fan-favorite "upper echelon" players are healthy, according to CBS' Jim Nantz. He's pain-free, and his clubhead speed of 129 miles per hour was the fastest on the PGA Tour through mid-March.

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day have arrived at the 82nd Masters in their prime and at the top of their games - or in the neighbourhood of it - and yet have nearly become afterthoughts in the wake of Woods' return just with the first tee-shot being played Thursday morning.

"The big thing on my mind is that obviously Tiger is back and he's playing well and everyone is excited to see what he can do", Stenson said.

Finding peace away from the golf course has certainly made Garcia a better player.

"I have four rounds to play", he said.

Garcia and Akins got engaged in January past year. Dustin Johnson is the world's top-ranked player.

With that said, The Masters appear to be not just an opportunity for Woods.

I've been lucky enough to see Tiger play, but I haven't seen him win.

A bad Masters is something like a bad raise or a bad hole-in-one. It's been hard to watch him play as he works through swing changes, chipping yips - those mental blocks that can keep even the best golfers from hitting the ball - and unsuccessful back surgeries, leaving him wincing in pain on the course as he fought to break par.

Woods tees off with the same group on Friday for Round 2 at 1:27 p.m. Rory McIlroy is looking to complete the career Grand Slam.

Not to be overlooked is Woods, who hasn't won this year but has shown he is plenty capable. He finished tied for third.

Given the stage and how dynamically the players have been performing leading in, the 82nd Masters could prove to be one of the best, and perhaps even the best, in the Tournament's incredible history. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is in the final group, which tees off at 2 p.m. Johnson had to drop out of the tournament past year after injuring himself in a fall. And the consumer doesn't believe us until Tiger says, Yeah that's true. It's The Masters - live from the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA.

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