"It's not a bad start", Woods said.
Woods was impressive during a 67 that left him tied second at 11 under alongside American Tony Finau, who carded an equal day's best 64, while three-time major victor Brooks Koepka (69) is fourth at 10 under.
"I've shot this number and won four coats, so hopefully, I can do it again", said Woods, who slightly miscalculated. Since 1990, every victor has come from those who were tied at fifth or better heading into the final round.
Day, who won his only major title at the 2015 PGA Championship, had said an MRI diagnosed lower spinal disc issues in his back. "Tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if that wind comes up like it's forecast". "We played the golf course in our brains a few times having watched it on TV".
"I remember when I was in the final group previous year at Shinnecock, just how much time, it was like the longest day of my life and I still hadn't teed off. He was Michael Jordan".
Past Masters champions Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel head up a six-strong South African contingent competing for the coveted green jacket at the 2019 Masters, but it was debutant Justin Harding who stole the show on day one at Augusta. As the tradition goes, the brothers - one in golf clothes, the other in caddie bib - were paired with Woods for the first two rounds. "I wouldn't be nervous, at all!" "I was living a dream, walking the fairways of Augusta, looking at Tiger". He was only seven shots behind, but he had 35 players in front of him. "It was golf on another planet".
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Nets Injuries: Allen Crabbe: out (knee), DeMarre Carroll: out (wrist), Joe Harris: day to day (foot). So everything worked out great, with him being here, and being able to give him my jersey.
Sitting four back of the clubhouse leaders, a Green Jacket and the elusive slam are certainly not out of reach but the 29-year-old will have to fire up his game if he is to get back on track.
"I handled the emotions of the day quite well", Harding said after opening with a 3-under 69.
A thunderstorm delayed play by half an hour on Friday and more are forecast over the weekend, raising the possibility of the first Monday finish since 1983.
Sitting next to Woods, Finau was star struck, and it sounded as if he might have to dial some of that admiration back on Sunday.
"But it's not like I can only worry about him".
McIlroy explained following his second-round 71 that left him tied for 36 and seven strokes off the lead that nothing really went his way on Day 2, not his drive at the first that bounced off a cameraman and into a poor lie, not his drive at the second that ended up in a divot, nothing. He played earlier in the round and plodded his way to a 70.
One of the most powerful drivers on tour, Finau has roughed up the Augusta course this week the way Woods used to.
At the end of 2017 Harding was ranked 712th in the world, but since February past year he's played in 22 countries, registering 16 top-10 finishes including five wins - most notably his debut European Tour victory at the Qatar Masters on March 17. "That's where my advantage is, anyway, but in emphasis here at Augusta National".