"If I look at it one way, I mean, in 2016, I went bogey, bogey, quad and then was able to rebound from that". Phil Mickelson is coming off a World Golf Championship victory and trying to become the oldest Masters champion at age 47.
At the second, after having to punch down the fairway when his tee shot hit a tree, he again had fewer than 100 yards to the hole and failed to hit it close.
Five straight shots into the water. It was his first triple of the tournament.
McIlroy battled hard to add a 71 to his opening 69 which earned him the early clubhouse lead on four under alongside Spieth, who could not reproduce his first-round form as he stumbled to a 74 which could have been worse following a double-bogey, bogey start. Jordan Spieth caused the most concern.
The slippage started when Woods pushed his drive at the par-4 11th way right.
Reed, who led Augusta State to two NCAA titles, opened with a 25-foot birdie putt and zoomed into the lead after two more short birdie putts. And that's after needing just 10 putts on the back nine Thursday.
It propelled him to seven-under, and when he signed for a round of 67, he sat in second position behind only leader Patrick Reed on nine-under.
Wiesberger, who opened with a 70, birdied the par-5 second and par-4 third but fell back with a birdie at the par-3 fourth.
He revealed the menu early in the day (something which seems surprisingly interesting to a disturbing number of people) and says he can't wait to be part of the Masters Champions club.
He toiled at the final hole before a stunning wedge shot limited the damage to a bogey, and a six-under-par 66 was enough for Spieth - the 2015 champion - to lead by two shots. He bogeyed both, and really unraveled at the par-3 12th.
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He almost drove the green at the par-4 third and chipped past the hole. He is now 2 over after shooting a 76 in the opening round. He captured the World Golf Championship late past year in Asia and collected three other top tens this season including a third place finish at Bay Hill three weeks ago. He has a three-shot lead over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.
Player, 82, took the first swing followed by the 78-year-old Nicklaus under a clear, sunny sky with the temperature in the 40s.
Li entered the week at No. 42 in the world.
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Woods saw his approach roll off the first green and his chip barely held the putting surface.
Woods was among the late starters and had moved three shots closer to the lead without hitting a shot, but followed a flawless drive on the first by missing the green and making bogey to drop back to two over.
"You look at it and not anyone is really getting away", McIlroy said.
"Jordan had a pretty strong finish there", McIlroy said.
In an interview afterwards, McIlroy was clearly very happy with his round stating it was his best start to the event in a few years.
"I don't have to go out there and make a birdie on every hole, especially not on this golf course, and in these conditions, pars are okay", McIlroy told reporters.
For all the warranted excitement over Woods' remarkable comeback from back fusion surgery - and make no mistake, no one gets the patrons going like Tiger - he'll head to Saturday a daunting 13 shots behind the front-running Reed.