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Tiger Woods Wild Early At Masters

Posted: 04/ 5/2012 12:07 pm Updated: 04/ 5/2012 12:13 pm

Tiger Woods Masters
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Tiger Woods reacts after hitting his tee shot into the rough on the second hole during the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

By EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods couldn't get control of his tee shots early at the Masters, yanking his first two left and scrambling to save pars on both holes.

Woods is trying to win his first major title since the 2008 U.S. Open. He instantly became the favorite to claim a fifth green jacket for himself after winning his first PGA Tour event in 30 months two weeks ago.

But he hardly looked in top form at Thursday's opening round. His first tee shot landed in the pine straw, closer to the ninth fairway than the first. On No. 2, he hit another tee shot far left, into a creek and had to drop onto the pine straw for his third shot.

The early leaders were Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson, both 2 under.

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