How it happened: Tiger (70) trails by 4 at Masters

Tiger Woods hits a shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters.

Tiger Woods hits a shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. –– After all the talk, the predictions and the questions, the 77th Masters got underway Thursday.

And it's Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman who are out in front early at Augusta National after each shot first-round 6-under 66s. Tiger Woods fired a 70, struggling down the stretch due to some inconsistent putting, and he trails the leaders by four shots.

Defending champion Bubba Watson shot 3-over 75, the second highest score of his Masters career. Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur from China, drained a birdie at No. 18 to cap a 2-over 74. Phil Mickelson opened his Masters with a 71 while Rory McIlroy ended up with a 72.

And a handful of other big names, including Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Fred Couples and Matt Kuchar, find themselves within two shots of the lead.

See how it all unfolded Thursday at Augusta National:

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Update #47: 6:54 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finishes with an even-par 72 after par at No. 18. McIlroy missed five fairway and four greens, and made 32 putts.

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Update #46: 6:39 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson pars No. 18 to wrap up a 1-under 71. He hit 8 of 14 fairways, but missed just three greens in regulation. The problem for Lefty today was the putter. He made 34 putts.

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Update #45: 6:35 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy drops back to even par after making bogey at No. 17. McIlroy three-putted for his fourth bogey on the back nine.

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Update #44: 6:24 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy birdies the par-5 15th to move back into red numbers at 1 under. McIlroy, who nearly rolled in another birdie at No. 16, birdied three of the four par 5s today. Also, Phil Mickelson got into trouble off the tee at No. 17 and ended up with bogey to drop to 1 under.

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Update #43: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is charging. He just birdied the par-3 16th to move to 2 under. He was 2 over through 11 holes today. Also, Sergio Garcia is in with a 6-under 66 while Adam Scott just wrapped up a 3-under 69.

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Update #42: 6:02 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar moves to 5 under after a second straight birdie, the latest one coming at No. 14. He has six birdies on his round, including five in his last eight holes. Also, Adam Scott is 3 under heading into No. 18.

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Update #41: 5:59 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson birdies the par-5 15th to get into red numbers at 1 under. Also, Rory McIlroy is still at even through 14 holes. And Fred Couples has moved to 5 under after a birdie at No. 17.

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Update #40: 5:50 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia drove it right into the pine straw at No. 17 and then his approach found the front greenside bunker. But he is able to get up-and-down to save par and remain at 6 under.

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Update #39: 5:39 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson joins the leaders at 6 under after a birdie at the par-5 15th. That comes after an eagle at No. 13.

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Update #38: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan closes his first Masters round with a birdie putt from the fringe at No. 18. That gives him a 1-over 73 for the round. He leads all amateurs in the field heading into Friday.

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Update #37: 5:23 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia birdies the par-5 15th to join Marc Leishman in the lead at 6 under. Garcia had to lay up, but delivered a great third shot to about 7 feet.

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Update #36: 5:20 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has eight career eagles at the par-5 13th, but he just misses one this time around. He taps in for birdie to move to even. He's 65 under par at No. 13 in his Masters career.

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Update #35: 5:06 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy three-putts for bogey at the par-3 12th after sticking his tee shot to about 20 feet or so. That's two bogeys in three holes for McIlroy, who is even for the round. Also, 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman just wrapped up a 4-under 68.

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Update #34: 5:01 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson makes the first eagle of the day at the par-5 13th to move to 5 under. He's tied for second with Sergio Garcia. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano bogeyed No. 18 to finish with a 4-under 68.

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Update #33: 4:53 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is back to 1 over after making a 7-footer for birdie at the par-3 12th.

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Update #32: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Trevor Immelman hasn't finished better than T-14 since winning the 2008 Masters. He's 3 under through 16 holes today.

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Update #31: 4:48 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner just missed a 3-footer for birdie at No. 10 for the chance to move back to even par. If Dufner can't get the putter going this week, he could be in trouble.

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Update #30: 4:36 p.m. EDT

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has moved to 5 under with one hole to play. His birdie at No. 17 was his sixth of the day.

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Update #29: 4:29 p.m. EDT

Bill Haas is 1 under as he makes the turn after rolling in a birdie at the par-4 ninth hole. Also, Fred Couples is 3 under through 11 holes, and just stuck his tee shot at the par-3 12th to about 10 feet.

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Update #28: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan caught the trees at the par-5 13th, but caught a break as the ball stayed in the fairway. He had to lay up, but after hitting his third to about 15 feet, he drained the birdie to move to 1 over.

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Update #27: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler finds a fairway bunker at No. 18, but manages to get up-and-down to save par after missing the green short on his approach. Fowler finishes with a 4-under 68, becoming the first player since Raymond Floyd in 1992 to shoot a round in the 60s with at least two double bogeys at the Masters.

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Update #26: 4:09 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson, who has nine Masters top 5s and three green jackets since 2000, has been all over the place today, hitting from the pine straw and even hitting from other fairways. But he's still just 2 over through nine holes.

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Update #25: 4:02 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler birdies No. 17 to move to 4 under. Not much being said about Fowler this week, but he's quietly – well, aside from his lime green attire – within striking distance, just two shots back of the lead with one hole left.

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18th hole: Par 4, 465 yards

That birdie is one that Tiger needed on 17, but he hasn't been as good with the flatstick today. Could use a birdie coming in to get into the clubhouse three back.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes 3-wood (read about it here) off the tee and puts it on the left side of the fairway. With 7-iron, Tiger puts it about 20 feet right of the pin for another good look at birdie. But he can't get it to go and two-putts for a 2-under 70. In his four career Masters wins, Woods has shot 70 in the opening round three times.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 18 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: After a birdie at No. 9, Sergio Garcia moves to 5 under with a birdie at the par-4 10th. Garcia had a very fast 12-footer for birdie at No. 10 and he gave the downhill putt a great roll right into the bottom of the cup. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson finishes his round at 3-over 75, the second highest Masters round of his career. Watson shot 78 in the final round in 2011. Still on the course, Martin Kaymer eagles the par-5 eighth hole, draining a 15-footer to move to 1 under. That was the second eagle of the day at No. 8. And speaking of eagle, Rickie Fowler had one at the par-5 15th. He's now 3 under through 16 holes.

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17th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Tiger's play was rock solid through 13 holes, but he's let a couple of opportunities slip over his last three holes. He'll need to finish strong to stay within a handful of strokes of Marc Leishman.

Hole wrap-up: Driver in hand again, and another fairway found, as the ball runs down the middle and puts himself in perfect position to attack the small green. Tiger plays a very nice approach into the green, leaving himself 10 feet for birdie. Could really use this putt. But he doesn't get it, as the putt fades right at the end and he settles for a par. Putter hasn't been all that hot for much of today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 17 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Tianlang Guan will have to hit a lot of hybrids this week at a lengthy Augusta National. He's hitting them very well, though. At the par-4 10th, Guan hit hybrid from the fairway and stuck it to about 5 feet. He made the birdie putt to move back to 1 over. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy makes his second birdie of the day, the latest coming at the par-3 sixth, to move to 2 under. Also, Phil Mickelson hit his approach way right at No. 7 and from the 17th fairway, Phil finds the green with his third shot. He can't make a 20-footer to save par, though, as he falls to 2 over.

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16th hole: Par 3, 170 yards

That par is going to sting for Tiger, especially after that massive drive that put him in the go-zone. He remains four back of Marc Leishman.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits a beautiful shot that doesn't get up on top of the slope and it drains to the left and he'll have more than 30 feet for birdie. A bit disappointed with that break. Tiger's birdie attempt has enough, but falls to the right and he settles for a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 16 holes)

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15th hole: Par 5, 530 yards

While bogeys happen at Augusta National, Tiger needs an immediate response to his first dropped shot of the day here at the final par 5 of the day.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver and pummels it down the throat of the fairway, outdriving bomber Scott Piercy. Tiger's second shot pushes right at the green and he'll have to chip for his third shot. Tiger bumps it into the hill and it rolls past the hole, leaving himself 4 feet for birdie. Tiger pulls his birdie putt and settles for a par. He's very frustrated after that putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 15 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Since Phil Mickelson won the 2006 Masters, no player who won the previous week on Tour has won the Masters the following week, although that player has finished no worse than T-37, either. Martin Laird, who won last week's Valero Texas Open, is 1 over through 10 holes. Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters winner, birdied No. 18 to wrap up a 3-under 69. Johnson birdied three of his final six holes. Tianlang Guan makes the turn at 2 over after a bogey at No. 9. He's leading all amateurs at the moment.

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14th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Tiger is 2 under on the par-5s today, which is key for any type of run toward a fifth Green Jacket.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds his fifth fairway of the day, sliding his tee ball down the right side. Tiger's approach releases past the hole and he'll have about 25 feet for birdie. Tiger leaves his birdie attempt well short and he'll have 5 feet to save par. First real test since No. 3. And he fails this one, missing the par putt to drop his first shot of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 14 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia is off to a strong start, 3 under through his first six holes. He hasn't missed a green or fairway, and has needed just nine putts so far. Meanwhile, he's won just one Masters (1992), but Fred Couples has 11 career top-10 finishes at Augusta, and finished T-12 last year. Not to mention he's missed just two cuts. Couples is off to a solid start today, 2 under through five holes. Rickie Fowler drew his 3-wood a little too much left at the par-5 13th and found the trees. He managed to get out of there with a par, though, as he drained a 10-footer to avoid bogey and remain at 1 under.

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13th hole: Par 5, 510 yards

Solid pars on Nos. 11 and 12, although he had a real good look at 12 that he might regret not dropping. Now onto another scoring hole.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the right rough at the 13th, but should have a go at it in two. With a one-handed follow through, Tiger finds the green from 205 yards, leaving himself about 60 feet for eagle. Tiger plays a masterful eagle putt to about 3 feet, using the slope in the green to guide it there. He makes the short putt for another birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (thru 13 holes)

Elsewhere on the course:Rory McIlroy birdies the par-5 second hole to move to 1 under. Phil Mickelson also birdied the hole, but a recent bogey at No. 3 has dropped Lefty back to even par. Bubba Watson hit a tree off the tee at the par-5 13th, but was still able to get on in three. He then barely misses a birdie roll and settles for par. Bubba is visibly frustrated right now as he's 2 over through 13 holes. Also, Rickie Fowler rebounds from a double bogey at No. 10 to birdie the par-4 11th and get back to 1 under.

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12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

Tiger reached for his back on the 10th fairway, but doesn't seem to be showing any effects of that since.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits a very high shot that holds the back of the green, about 20 feet from the hole. Solid tee ball. Tiger's birdie attempt looks on line, but it moves left at the end and he settles for a two-putt par. He thought he had that one, showing slight frustration after that.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 12 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: He's a third of the way through his first Masters round and Tianlang Guan is at even par.

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11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

10 holes, two birdies, eight pars. Not too shabby. Now Tiger enters Amen Corner, including the tough 11th hole he moves to now.

Hole wrap-up: After finding the right rough, Tiger hits a low approach shot that finds the front of the green and leaves himself about 20 feet for birdie. Solid approach. Tiger's birdie attempt comes up 2 feet short again, but this one has a bit of movement to it. He makes it for his ninth par of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 11 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Make that four straight birdies for Marc Leishman, who has built a two-shot lead at 6 under with two holes to play. Bubba Watson's first visit to No. 10 during a tournament since his playoff victory last year results in a par. Watson is 2 over entering Amen Corner. Dustin Johnson hasn't finished better than 30th in three previous Masters starts. He's 2 under through two holes today thanks to birdies at Nos. 1-2.

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10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

That was a tidy front nine for Tiger, picking up two critical birdies in trying to chase down current leader David Lynn. Meanwhile, how about Tianlang Guan? The 14-year-old amateur just birdied the par-4 third hole to move back to even par. He's hit all three fairways so far and since missing the green at No. 1, he's hit two straight greens in regulation.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger splits the fairway at the 10th, which plays downhill. His approach shot is safely on the green, about 25 feet from the hole. But, much like his putt at the first hole today, Tiger doesn't put enough mustard on it and comes up about 18 inches short on his birdie attempt. He knocks that in for his eighth par of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 10 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Jamie Donaldson just aced the par-3 sixth hole to move to 1 under. There has now been 24 hole-in-ones in Masters history. It's the fifth ace at No. 6 and the first at the hole since Chris DiMarco holed a 5-iron from 198 yards outs in 2004. Fifteen of the aces have come at the par-3 16th hole. Most recently, Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt each made ace from 202 yards at No. 16 in 2012, Scott with a 7-iron and Van Pelt with 6-iron. Meanwhile, Marc Leishman bogeyed No. 1 to begin his round, but has five birdies since, including two straight, and he's tied for the lead at 4 under through 14 holes.

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9th hole: Par 4, 460 yards

Tiger is creeping up the leaderboard behind very steady play, most recently with a solid birdie at the 8th hole. He is now just two off the lead with the wind starting to kick up a little bit.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the left side of the fairway and has a great look at the pin on the right. His approach squirts just off the green, but will have less than 12 feet for another birdie. He can't get this one to fall and makes the turn with a 2-under 34.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 9 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: David Lynn is in with a 4-under 68. Lynn's first Masters round included five birdies, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 10 of 14 fairways hit and 27 putts. Meanwhile, Justin Rose moves into a tie for second at 3 under after a birdie at the par-5 13th. Also, Tianlang Guan makes par at the par-5 second to remain at 1 over.

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8th hole: Par 5, 570 yards

Tiger is currently three off the lead held by David Lynn, picking up six pars and a birdie thus far. Tiger's first-round scoring average is right around 70, and he is playing similarly today.

Hole wrap-up: And Tiger is now creeping closer to the leaders as he picks up his second birdie of the front nine to move to 2 under. He missed the fairway, but was able to scramble to pick up a stroke on David Lynn, who is on 18.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 8 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur, bogeys his first hole in his Masters debut. He found the fairway at No. 1, but missed the green and two-putted for the bogey. David Lynn misses a 5-footer for par on No. 17 to fall back to 4 under, one shot clear of Jim Furyk. Lee Westwood birdies the par-13th to move to 2 under. Westwood started the day with a double bogey.

Brandt Snedeker survived Amen Corner with some great saves. First, he made an 18-footer for bogey after finding the water at No. 11. Then he made par from behind the green at the par-3 12th. Finally, he nearly found the creek in front of the green at the par-5 13th, his ball rolling past the yellow line. But he managed to get it on the green with his third from a severe downslope and then drain a 15-footer for birdie. Snedeker is even par with six holes to play.

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7th hole: Par 4, 450 yards

That's eight putts in six holes for Tiger, but it was the first one-putt that was for birdie.

Hole wrap-up: Back to the par train here for Tiger, but not making mistakes at Augusta National is the name of the game. His birdie putt after finding the rough off the tee narrowly misses to the left and he settles for par. He now heads to the second par-5 of the day, one that he will need to take advantage of.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 7 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose nearly made a long birdie putt from the back of the green at the par-3 12th, but he runs it about 5 feet by. He's able to make the par save to remain at 2 under. Also at 2 under are Marc Leishman, K.J. Choi, Kevin Na and David Toms. Choi and Toms have made 17 Masters cuts between them. Meanwhile, three bogeys in seven holes, including the most recent at the par-4 seventh hole, has dropped Bubba Watson to 2 over.

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6th hole: Par 3, 180 yards

No hiccups, but nothing spectacular yet from Tiger, who now trails leader David Lynn by five shots.

Hole wrap-up: This might get Tiger going, as he drains a birdie putt at the par 3 to move to 1 under, breaking his streak of five opening pars. He stuck his shot to about 5 feet for an easy birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 6 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: David Lynn stretched his lead to two shots after a birdie at the par-5 15th. He's 5 under with three holes left in his first competitive round at Augusta. Jim Furyk drove it long at the par-3 12th, but was able to get up-and-down to save par and remain at 3 under. Also, Brandt Snedeker found the creek with his approach at No. 11, but he manages to get out of there with bogey. Snedeker drops to even after that bogey.

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5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

Tiger is looking solid thus far, but not crisp. He has hit only 1 of 4 greens in regulation, not to mention 1 of 3 fairways. He'll need to do more than scramble on a day where scores are out there to be had.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger picks up yet another par and has yet to take advantage of the scoring conditions at Augusta National.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 5 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson bogeys the par-4 fifth hole after three-putting for the second time so far today. Watson, who is 1 over through five holes, found the green at No. 5, but came up a little short of the pin, his ball kicking right and rolling down a little slope at the front of the green to set up a tough birdie putt. Meanwhile, Russell Henley bogeyed his first two holes of the day, but has three birdies and no bogeys in 13 holes since. Henley is currently T-5 at 1 under.

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4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

Tiger's wedges have given him problems on the last two holes and he has been fortunate to leave both holes with pars. He seems frustrated by the wedge play. He moves to his first par 3 of the day.

Hole wrap-up: Playing a bit longer than 240 yards, Tiger takes it just off the back of the green. He putts from the fringe, sending it about 3 feet past on the left. He makes that for a fourth par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 4 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Carl Pettersson was 2 under after five holes, but has dropped to 1 over with three bogeys in his last five holes. He's made two of four cuts in his Masters career, and his best finish at Augusta came in 2006 when he finished 27th.

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3rd hole: Par 4, 350 yards

Pars at par-5s are almost bogeys at Augusta National, especially for Tiger. That second shot proved costly, but set that up with only 3-wood off the tee. He moves to another scoring hole with the short par-4.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses the fairway left again (his ball hits a fan's cup of beer), and then sends another wedge well right of the green, leaving himself a delicate chip. His chip is fantastic, leaving about 3 feet to save par. He makes it for a third par to open the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 3 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: David Lynn birdies the par-3 12th to join Jim Furyk in the lead at 4 under. Lynn has four birdies in his last five holes. Meanwhile, Justin Rose hasn't missed a cut in seven Masters starts, his best finish at Augusta being a fifth-place showing in 2007. He also hasn't missed a fairway today and is 2 under through eight holes after a birdie at the par-5 eighth hole.

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2nd hole: Par 5, 575 yards

That was a solid start for Tiger, as you couldn't play the hole much better, but was a bit tentative with his putt, resulting in par.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes 3-wood off the tee again, narrowly skirting the trees on the left and settles just in the rough on the left. Will need a big hook with his second shot to get to the green in two. Tiger's second shot hooks too much and finds the left rough again. His wedge goes over the green, but manages to get up-and-down despite a delicate chip with a lot of break.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 2 holes)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson shakes off an early bogey with birdie at the par-5 second hole. Watson bombed his drive down the fairway, allowing him to reach the green in two. Also, David Lynn gets the shot he lost at No. 10 right back with birdie at the par-4 11th. He's back to 3 under, but still trails by one as Jim Furyk makes his third straight birdie, the latest coming at No. 8 to move him to 4 under. Back on No. 1, Rickie Fowler double-bogeys the opening hole. Fowler hasn't finished better than 27th in three Masters starts, although he's made two cuts.

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1st hole: Par 4, 445 yards

On a cloudy day, Tiger Woods dons a grey shirt, a bit on the tight side, showing off how great of shape he is in.

Hole wrap-up: It's less-than-driver off the tee for Tiger and he rips it up the left side of the fairway. A little twirl of the club too. Tiger gets it to the green and leaves himself 15 feet for birdie, but leaves it short. Good score on the very tough opening hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 1)

Elsewhere on the course: Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson found the right fairway bunker at No. 1, but still was able to find the green in two. Unfortunately, Watson three-putted for bogey to open his Masters tournament. Meanwhile, David Lynn has missed just 2-of-9 greens in regulation and after three birdies, he has the lead at 3 under. Lynn has birdied his last two holes (Nos. 8-9). He is playing in just his third major. He was runner-up to Rory McIlroy at last year's PGA Championship.

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Update #24: 10:48 a.m. EDT

John Peterson has made 11 consecutive pars to begin his first Masters. He's hit 7-of-11 greens in regulation, too.

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Update #23: 10:40 a.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker has a hiccup on the par-4 5th hole, picking up double bogey to drop out of the lead, and is now two shots back of David Lynn and Jim Furyk (who just birdied the par-3 6th).

Meanwhile, Russell Henley picks up his second consecutive birdie to make the turn with an even-par 36. Henley started his round with two bogeys.

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Update #22: 10:33 a.m. EDT

David Lynn has jumped into a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker after a birdie at the par-5 8th hole. Justin Rose has fallen out of a share of that lead with a bogey at No. 3.

Lynn is known as a practical joker, which our Adam Schupak chronicled here.

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Update #21: 10:30 a.m. EDT

Amateur T.J. Vogel, a senior at the University of Florida, is even par through three holes. He's missed every fairway so far, but has managed to get up-and-down all three times, recording just three putts.

Vogel's Masters profile here.

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Update #20: 10:28 a.m. EDT

Nathan Smith has made the turn at Augusta National at 3 over. He's in last place early in this first round. Smith, playing in his fourth Masters as an amateur and third in the last four years, is trying to become the first U.S. Mid-Am champion to make the cut since the tournament started inviting the winner in 1989. Smith has a 75.2 career scoring average at the Masters.

Read Smith's Masters profile here

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Update #19: 10:22 a.m. EDT

Sony Open winner Russell Henley picks up his first birdie of the day at the par-5 8th hole, interrupting a streak of five consecutive pars after starting the day with back-to-back bogeys. Henley is from nearby Macon, Ga. and is playing in front of plenty of family and friends.

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Update #18: 10:15 a.m. EDT

The cream rises to the top in golf, and the top of the leaderboard already has plenty of star power, as Brandt Snedeker birdies No. 3 to join Justin Rose at 2 under.

Snedeker has been dealing with injuries after his successful start to the season, but says he is 100 percent healthy.

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Update #17: 10:05 a.m. EDT

Justin Rose holds the lead by himself after Carl Pettersson bogeys the par-3 4th hole.

Back on No. 1, 2011 champ Charl Schwartzel hits a wayward drive into the trees and picks up a double bogey to start his day, the same as Lee Westwood.

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Update #16: 9:55 a.m. EDT

Justin Rose matches Carl Pettersson's start with birdies at the opening two holes to join Pettersson in the lead at 2 under. Brian Gay bogeys the par-4 7th hole to fall out of a share of the lead, joining eight others at 1 under.

Brandt Snedeker (No. 2) and Jim Furyk (No. 3) both pick up early birdies to get to 1 under.

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Update #15: 9:52 a.m. EDT

Richard Sterne, making his third start in the Masters, is the first person to birdie the par-4 5th hole and subsequently moves to 1 under, one shot back of early leaders Brian Gay and Carl Pettersson. Sterne's putt came from about 35 feet, traveling over a ridge in the middle of the green and cutting back to the left and finding the hole.

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Update #14: 9:44 a.m. EDT

Lee Westwood responds to his double at No. 1 with a birdie at the par-5 2nd to move to 1 over on the day.

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Update #13: 9:42 a.m. EDT

Brian Gay has joined Carl Pettersson at 2 under with a birdie at the par-3 6th hole. Gay got into the Masters behind his win at the 2013 Humana Challenge.

Check out Gay's video interview with Jeff Rude here.

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Update #12: 9:35 a.m. EDT

Could Tom Watson do it again? A couple of years after nearly shocking the world at the Open Championship, he is in the red early at Augusta behind a birdie at No. 3. He buried a 15-footer that snaked left-to-right, sneaking in the back of the cup.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose taps in for birdie at No. 1 to also get into the red.

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Update #11: 9:27 a.m. EDT

A rough start for Lee Westwood, who picks up a double bogey at No. 1. He led after the first round in 2012 behind a 5-under 67, but will now have an uphill climb back to the red.

Meanwhile, Carl Pettersson is the first player to 2 under, picking up birdies at Nos. 1 and 2.

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Update #10: 9:22 a.m. EDT

The red numbers are beginning to pile up, with David Toms and Ted Potter, Jr. both picking up birdie at the par-4 3rd hole to get to 1 under. There are eight players at 1 under, including Carl Pettersson, who birdied the opening hole.

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Update #9: 9:18 a.m. EDT

The 1987 winner of the Masters, Larry Mize opened his round with a birdie and has followed with three pars to stay in the red. His career average at Augusta National is 73.26 and has made 17 of 29 cuts in his Masters career.

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Update #8: 9:10 a.m. EDT

John Peterson, who finished T-4 at the U.S. Open in 2012, is playing steady golf to open his day, picking up five pars to sit a shot back of a four-way tie for the lead at 1 under. (OK, we know, it's too early to talk about a lead) Take a look at Peterson's Masters profile here.

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Update #7: 9 a.m. EDT

At Augusta National, you must take advantage of the par-5s. Yet, only two of nine players to have completed the second hole have left it in red numbers, with Brian Gay and Kevin Na both picking up birdie.

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Update #6: 8:53 a.m. EDT

With a fairway hit, Tom Watson is off and running in the first round, making his 40th career appearance at the Masters.

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Update #5: 8:47 a.m. EDT

It has been a less-than-ideal start for Georgia boy Russell Henley, who has picked up bogey on his first two holes, including the par-5 2nd hole. (Read our Masters profile of Henley here)

Henley isn't alone at 2 over, as longtime amateur Nathan Smith bogeys Nos. 1 and 3 with a par sandwiched in between.

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Update #4: 8:40 a.m. EDT

With 10 players having completed at least one hole, two players (Larry Mize, David Lynn) have picked up birdie on the tough opening hole, while three post bogey (Sandy Lyle, Nathan Smith, Russell Henley).

Where does No. 1 rank on Bradley S. Klein's list of toughest Augusta holes? Click here to find out!

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Update #3: 8 a.m. EDT

As the first players hit their tee shots, we also have a look at today's pin placements. Click the photo to the right to get a bigger view, or click here to see it in its own window.

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Update #2: 7:55 a.m. EDT

Another successful beginning to the Masters, with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player all striping their opening tee shots to get the competition started.

Throngs of fans are lining the opening tee box and fairway to catch a glimpse of the three legends, as well as get ready to watch the start of play with Sandy Lyle, John Peterson and Nathan Smith.

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Update #1: 7:45 a.m. EDT

Looks like a bit of a cloudy - but clear - morning at Augusta National. Forecasts are calling for no chance of rain during the morning, with temperatures rising to 74 degrees by noon.

This afternoon might be a bit tougher, as weather.com is calling for isolated thunderstorms to be in the area around 4 p.m., with strong storms being called for around 7 p.m.

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Wednesday coverage

Tiger's to lose? Is McIlroy back? Our staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

5 Things: Payne introduces new cut line, avoids anchoring question

From female membership at Augusta National to new Masters qualifying criteria and an adjusted cut line, here are 5 Things discussed by chairman Billy Payne on Wednesday.

McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

Martin Laird chooses rest instead of Masters Par-3 Contest

Martin Laird, whose third Masters will be his fifth-straight week of competition, opted not to play in Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, choosing to rest for Thursday's first round.

Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.

Bubba Watson picks up an ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

Tiger, Donald highlight intriguing first-round groupings at Masters

Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth green jacket will begin at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. That's when he'll tee off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy. Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson will tee off 11 minutes earlier. Check out the groupings.

Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley lead staff picks

Will Tiger Woods finally pick up another green jacket? Will Keegan Bradley win his second major title? Our staff of experts offers up their 2013 Masters predictions.

Masters 2013: Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

As Tiger seeks first Masters title since '05, we look back on 18 years

Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National.

Bubba takes to Twitter to reveal Champions dinner

Well, we finally learned what Bubba Watson served at the Champions Dinner, using Twitter to let the world know what was on the menu.

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Masters blog

Want the latest news from the course? Small features to quench your Masters thirst? Keep track here with our Masters blog, filled with news and notes from our crew at Augusta National.

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The Toy Box blog

Check out the latest Masters-related equipment news with our The Toy Box blog, where we tackle everything from new equipment, to apparel to cool trends.

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Tuesday coverage

Wozniacki will caddie for McIlroy in Par-3 Contest

Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, will carry the handful of clubs necessary to navigate Augusta National's par-3 course.

Jack Nicklaus says 2013 Masters is critical for Tiger Woods

While Jack Nicklaus still believes Tiger Woods will break his record of 18 majors, Nicklaus concedes Woods' great spring could be for naught in predicting major success if he doesn’t win his fifth title this week.

Ian Poulter: Emotions of Masters close to Ryder Cup's

European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, 37, is confident he will be feel similar good vibes at crunch time during the Masters.

Phil Mickelson worries about taking extra week off before Masters

Phil Mickelson plays the Shell Houston Open, which is traditionally held the week before the Masters, but the Valero Texas Open was inserted between the two events this year.

Klein: Debunking the myth of a Tiger-proofed Augusta National

As a student of the pro game our Bradley S. Klein knows most of the guys on Tour are so good and of such quality in shot-making and scoring that they can win just about anywhere, hence the myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National.

Brandt Snedeker '100 percent healthy' entering Masters

Brandt Snedeker's health has been a big topic leading up to the Masters. But Snedeker made one thing clear Tuesday at Augusta: he's 100 percent healthy.

Rude: Tiger Woods balances confidence, contentment at Masters

Tiger Woods clearly is more equipped to win the Masters than at any point since 2005, when he won his fourth and most recent green jacket – and says there's balance to be seen in his life.

Amateur Fox gets a look at Lefty's 'black book'

Steven Fox got a peek at Phil Mickelson’s little black book for Augusta and called it phenomenal. For an amateur who has seen the place a dozen times, having a three-time champion share his short-game secrets is sacred stuff.

Mickelson will put Phrankenwood in play at Augusta

Phil Mickelson’s supercharged Masters 2-wood is really a driver disguised as a fairway wood, Mickelson divulged Tuesday during a press conference.

Amateur Vogel plays with 'idol' Tiger Woods

How does a player – especially an amateur making his Masters debut - arrange a practice round with Tiger Woods at Augusta National? Just ask. It worked for T.J. Vogel, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.

Rude: Masters champ Bubba Watson still has Augusta hooked

Never mind the green jacket in which he wrapped up adopted son Caleb last year – Bubba Watson wouldn't say no to a plaque at the spot of his famous hooked wedge during last year's playoff.

PHOTOS: A look at TaylorMade Masters logos through the years

To commemorate the season's first major championship, TaylorMade began designing a unique, Masters-themed logo in 2003 and putting it on golf bags, hats, club headcovers and other memorabilia that are given to staff players.

Minor changes to No. 14 could provide excitement

This year's changes to Augusta National were limited to the 14th hole, the only one on the course without a bunker. The oft-overlooked par 4 is sandwiched between the back nine's two dramatic par 5s.

Justin Rose looks to put it all together at Augusta

Justin Rose hasn't missed a cut in seven starts at the Masters. Yet he's never won a green jacket, either, which is why the 32-year-old is looking to finally put everything together this year at Augusta National.

A big hitter and big scorer, McIlroy impresses as a big thinker

People talk about Rory McIlroy’s big swing. They talk about his length off the tee. They talk about the height of his shots. They talk about his fearlessness. But nobody talks about his intelligence. And they should.

Luke Donald glad to study Augusta National

World No. 4 Luke Donald says he's focusing on – what else at Augusta – his work with the putter. Preparation beside the green also has been a priority.

Notebook: Tiger Woods' skip shot, Rich Beem's Par-3 invite, more

“Listen, I love golf,” 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem said of accepting his Par-3 Contest invite, “and the Masters is special.” Plus: Tiger Woods' skip shot at Augusta, and more.

Adam Scott's performance in majors has improved dramatically

Adam Scott once struggled in majors, but has two major top-10s in each of the past two seasons, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Masters.

Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Jack Nicklaus, amateurs at Augusta, more

It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year.

Keep an eye on these guys: 10 sleepers to watch at the Masters

It’s easy to identify the favorite for this year’s Masters. We like to go deep here at Golfweek.com, though. Therefore we give you this list of 10 “sleepers” to consider.

Masters 2013: Bubba Watson is ultimate mystery man

Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.

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Monday coverage

Amateur hour: Two Tour players speak out against Masters amateurs

On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters. Let's just say they aren't too happy.

5 Things: Russell Henley feels nerves Monday at Augusta National

Take the electricity of the Masters and add a homecoming to his college state, and you can understand why Russell Henley is feeling nerves already – while Matt Kuchar treats the week in special ways as well.

Masters odds: Tiger the clear favorite at Augusta National

On the eve of the Masters, Tiger Woods finds himself in his usual spot as the favorite going into the first major of 2013.

Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan, 14, gets advice from veterans

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan got quite the on-course education Monday, playing with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He also has practice scheduled with Tom Watson and a Par-3 tee time with Nick Faldo.

Masters foundation, USGA, PGA team for youth competition

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, national skills competition for junior golfers, will begin at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – and end at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the 2014 Masters.

Peterson and "Pete's Army" making the trip to Augusta National

It was at Augusta in 1958 that Arnie's Army was born. It's now 2013 and "Pete's Army" is being formed. The regular on the Web.com Tour, John Peterson, who qualified by tying for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open had tee shirts designed for the week.

Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.

Masters 2013: Mickelson's secret club revealed?

Phil Mickelson teased that he would put a "special club" in play this week at the Masters. Could it be this new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood?

Masters 2013: Bubba won’t part with his Ping S59s

Since 2004, when he parted ways with his Ping i3+ irons, Masters champion Bubba Watson has depended on Ping S59 irons to hit his impressive curve shots.

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Weekend coverage

Masters 2013: Large European contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

Rice, Mickelson play together on members day at Augusta

It was members day at Augusta National on Sunday, with the likes of Condoleezza Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and a handful of others began their preparations for the year's first major.

Masters 2013: A look at OWGR trends at Augusta

The Official World Golf Ranking was unveiled in advance of the 1986 Masters, which Jack Nicklaus won dramatically at the age of 46. Here's a look at some trends the OWGR shows.

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Player profiles

For profiles of all first-timers, including Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, as well as all amateurs, including Tianlang Guan, Michael Weaver and Steven Fox, click here to get individual breakdowns of how they arrived at Augusta National.

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