Tiger hooks way to par as Masters opens

Tiger Woods hits from a sand trap on the seventh green during first-round play in the 2012 Masters...

Tiger Woods hits from a sand trap on the seventh green during first-round play in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Jon McCarthy , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:09 PM ET

AUGUSTA, GA. - Tiger Woods started his Masters Thursday morning with two big hooks off the tee, the second one finding a hazard at the par-5 second hole.

Both times Woods pulled off difficult recovery shots to save par. He was sitting at even-par after seven holes in his first round.

While all eyes early Thursday were on Woods, Henrik Stenson was eating up Augusta’s front nine. The big Swede eagled both par 5s on Augusta’s opening nine and added a birdie at the fifth hole to take the early lead at 5-under par heading to the back nine.

Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie posted the first low score of the day, finishing his round at 3-under par despite bogeying his final hole.

Mike Weir was just getting underway early Thursday afternoon after teeing off at 12:47 p.m.

Phil Mickelson is in the final group set to get started at 1:53 p.m.

Check back later for another update.


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