04/07/2011 06:22 pm ET Updated Jun 07, 2011

Masters 2011: Tiger Woods Returning To Form?

The buzz from today's opening round at Augusta is all about 21-year-old Rory McEllroy, but loyal Tiger Woods supporters are still banking on this weekend marking the 4-time Masters champion's return to glory.

Thursday's effort left Tiger with a 1-under 71, leaving him slightly above the middle of the leader board.

Here's what the experts had to say going into the Masters tournament:

The New York Daily News' Hank Gola:

The golf world is patiently waiting for Woods, now No. 7 in the world, to find his game and return to the dominant form that has won him four green jackets among 14 major championships.

Slate's Michael Agger:

Tiger keeps telling us that his game is "a process," and maybe we should listen. He's not going to have some magical new swing or breakthrough mind-set. He's going to continue to grind away at the edges of golf, to seek those fractional advantages that put him in a position to beat Nicklaus' record of 18 majors. Finding those advantages is going to get harder, but it's not out of reach.

Bleacher Report's Eric Bowman:

I predict that Tiger will get that long awaited win in 2011. He will play well this weekend, which will give him great confidence for the season. After the Masters he'll have three chances to win a Major this year, and I think he'll get it done.