Tiger Woods is attending this week the Australian Masters, the tournament that he won in 2009 and which remained as a standard before his family problems that have shaken his existence.
Woods made three birdies and a bogey in his first round in near perfect conditions at Victoria Golf Club but was left to rue some wayward putting as he finished four shots adrift of Australian trio Alistair Presnell, Adam Bland and Daniel Gaunt.
“I’d have a good chance to win tournaments again playing as i know I can do it. I had a good evolution in the Ryder Cup and also in the first two rounds at HSBC in Shanghai. Strikes are in the right direction, although I’m still feeling they have not the desired consistency, “said Woods.
He also remodeled his swing under the tutelage of swing coach Sean Foley earlier this year and said he felt Thursday’s round was the best he had hit the ball on the first day of a tournament since he made the adjustments.
“I hit it pretty good in China last week but not like this,” he said. “I gave myself a bunch of looks… for birdie. Every putt was just a little bit shy.
“I felt I was hitting them on all my lines but I wasn’t hitting them hard enough and they were dying in front of the lip.”
“If I just could have holed a few more putts, it could been a really good round. It could have been easily four, five, six under… but I’m right there.”
Australian Masters in 2009 was the last tournament won by Tiger Woods, after which the former world leader underwent a period of family turmoil, which ended in a divorce this summer.