Tiger Woods from USA beats teen at Second hole in first round of 2019 Master golf tournament in Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA on April 11, 2019. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
11. April 2019
By Frank Pingue
AUGUSTA Ga. (Reuters) – Former champion Adam Scott used a sparkling finish to grab a share of clubhouse management in Thursday's first round with Tiger Woods a shot from the pace of sunny Augusta National.
Australian Scott mixed two bogeys with five birdies, including three in the last four holes, for a three-under-par 69 to join Spain's Jon Rahm and debut Justin Harding on a crowded leaderboard that lacked star force early on the day.
"I know where and when my game comes in really good shape and I can see it coming back and I think I got a good confirmation today with a good ball," Scott said.
"When I hit it really well, I think I hit it with the best of them, and I hit a lot of green and it turned out today. So I feel it kind of validates everything I've worked in the last couple of weeks, "he added.
Four-time master Woods, who missed a series of short putter in the beginning, whipped the galleries into a known frenzy as he was in part of the lead until a bogey on the 1
The 43-year-old Woods was in a good groove early, but began to look a little confused after a debating tee shot on the fourth fifth hole, where he made his first bogey of the day and then went on to miss several short putts.
But Woods gathered and made birdie on the ninth and added another couple on back nine, including on par-four 14th where he raised his approach across the trees to within 25 feet and then drained his putt to get hold of part of lead.
"I played well today," said former world number one Woods, who was among a package of eight golfers, took a shot away from the pace. "If I missed, I missed the right places that are always the key. It was a good solid day."
Canadian Corey Conners, who served his masters, invited four days ago after securing his first PGA Tour victory In an event where he had to win a Monday qualifier to make the field, a shot was also left by the leaders.
Rory McIlroy, who needs a victory this week to become only the sixth player to complete the grand slam golf career, was four shots from the pace after a roller coaster over par 73.  The Northern Irish teamed up with two for the day and then made a late charge with three bird birds over a four-hole stretch that started on the 13th but closed with contiguous bird birds to shine off his round.
Among the late starters, the world number two Dustin Johnson was two under 11 holes and three times champion Phil Mickelson was one under after 10.
Britain's world number one Justin Rose (through 10 holes) and Jordan Spieth (9) were both over four while defending champion Patrick Reed I was n clubhouse with over 73.
Australian Jason Day, one under 11, received medical treatment on the pitch after beating his back while hitting his run on the fifth second hole.
Day, which withdrew from Arnold Palmer Invitational last month with back problems, probably re-wound his back while taking his daughter up to the round.
(Reporting of Frank Pingue, editing of Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)