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Tiger Woods is back and serious in the United States. The Californian champion, 508 days after the last time (it was November 15, 2020), returns to The Masters (Major won by him five times, the first in 1997, the last in 2019) and returns to the stage. Acclaimed by the “bosses” who thronged the Augusta National Golf Club (par 72), the Californian finished the first round of the competition in tenth place with a score of 71 (-1), and is now four strokes away. from the busy summit. by Sungjae Im.

“I’m in the position I deserve. Coming back here wasn’t easy and people have no idea how difficult it was. Thanks to my team, who worked with me every day. Since rolled out of bed, three months after my car accident, we never stopped and now i hurt like i expected to feel, there are still three rounds to go and there is still a long way to go to go,” explained Woods, who was immediately the star.

South Korean Im, vice-champion of this tournament in 2020, leads the standings with 67 (-5) and closely followed by Australian Cameron Smith (world number 6), second with 68 (-4). While in third position (69, -3) are Americans Scottie Scheffler (world ranking leader, back from three wins in the last five races) and Dustin Johnson (who in 2020 dominated the scene by setting the score the lowest in the history of ‘), the Chilean Joaquin Niemann (who did not feel the pressure to play alongside Woods) and the Englishman Danny Willett (Champion of the Masters in 2016).

In Georgia, a start to forget for the two Azzurri. Guido Migliozzi (debut) is at 60/o with 75 (+3), while Francesco Molinari is at 82/o with 78 (+6). The player from Vicenza, in the first nine, made three birdies (at holes 2, 3 and 6), with a bogey and a double bogey (at 7, par 4). While in the second part of the race he stumbled over three more bogeys which caused him to lose ground and confidence. Two birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey (at 18) for Chicco Molinari, never in the game, who here in 2019 touched the masterpiece (after being in the lead for a long time) and then finished at fifth place. On the other hand, the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, reigning champion, is 19/o with 72 (par).

In the United States, the spotlight is on Woods who, 14 months after the serious car accident in Los Angeles, was welcomed like a king by the “bosses” of Augusta National. Absolute star, she did not disappoint expectations by making three birdies (including one at 16, with a lot of exultation which made the public jump to their feet), with two bogeys. Curiosity: in 2019, when he wore the “green jacket” for the fifth time, Woods closed the first round in eleventh place. And now the second round, with Tiger (who will leave at 7:41 p.m. Italian time) who wants to stay in contact with the best, to then try to finish in style.

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