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For golf's Big 4, Masters a chance to shine through Tiger's shadow

For golf's Big 4, Masters a chance to shine through Tiger's shadow

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

The four-times victor, who struggled to keep many of his tee shots from sailing right and could not take advantage of any of the four par-five holes, steadied the ship late on to post a one-over par 73 including four bogeys and three birdies. The 14-time major champion last won in 2013.

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.

Tiger Woods waits to putt on the first hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.

"It's something that probably a lot of people would have never thought it would ever happen again, even though we all hoped for it", Rahm said, referring to a healthy Woods.

"I think they just missed my sharp needle", Woods said.

"A few years on and I get to play with him and I don't think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the Masters". He's pain-free, and his clubhead speed of 129 miles per hour was the fastest on the PGA Tour through mid-March.

Woods then put together two birdies and four pars over the final six holes to card a one-over 73 in his first round at the 2018 Masters Tournament.

Austin Cook, playing in the first group, nabbed the first birdie of the tournament at the first, but promptly gave that shot back at the second. He's broken par in each of his past 10 rounds.

"Tiger's Tiger, but I think the biggest thing for me is I can't beat myself".

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

Woods has said since January that the early stages of his comeback were all pointed at the Masters.

"I have four rounds to play", he said. Ten years later, after Woods' incredible run, they topped $257 million, an increase of a whopping 272%.

Dustin Johnson is the No. 1-ranked player in the world for a reason.

"Trust me, he knows", said Tiger Tracker.

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

One year later, so much has changed. "But I have to try and clear my head of that and go out and play good golf, hit good golf shots, have good course management, hole putts".

"I feel like it made me a better player, I feel like it made me a better person", said McIlroy, who is among many favorites in the loaded Masters field after his victory a couple of weeks ago at Bay Hill. If we were able to line up an ideal ensemble cast of the most intriguing characters, we might come up with exactly the list of who enters this week with a legitimate chance to win.

Then, in one of the greatest collapses in major championship history, he played the final nine holes at 7-over par to shoot 80.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia is back, two-time victor Bubba Watson is playing some of his best golf after a down year in 2017, and young stars like Jon Rahm, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele are looking to make their marks on this historic track of green. Channel lineups vary by region, so check out which live, local networks you get on the PlayStation Vue Plans page.

Sure, sometimes the flowers bloom a little brighter, and the drama on Sunday is a ticket thicker in some years than it is in others, but the annual test of golf at Augusta National Golf Club each may is an exciting and memorable experience every year.