Masters Day 2: Tiger Woods rides hot start into second round of title defense at Augusta

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After a nearly flawless first round of his Masters defense, Tiger Woods will have to wait a bit for Round 2 at Augusta.

As will the rest of the field.

An early rain delay on Thursday pushed most tee times back about three hours at a tournament already facing shorter days thanks to the November start. The sun set on Thursday’s afternoon rounds, meaning Thursday’s late starters will finish their first rounds Friday morning.

Round 1 resumed around 7:30 a.m. ET, with Round 2 starting around 9:30 a.m.

Tiger Woods will have to wait after hot Thursday start

Woods won’t have to worry about finishing his first round. He was among the early starters on Thursday and will play an afternoon round to head into the weekend. If he comes anywhere close to his Thursday performance, making the cut won’t be a concern.

Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 12, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods started his Masters defense in peak form. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Woods played a bogey-free round on Thursday to finish with a 4-under par 68, tied for his best-ever opening round at Augusta. The soft turf of the rain-soaked course invited a lot of low scoring on Thursday including a 7-under 65 for leader Paul Casey. But Woods’ round was good enough to finish the day in a tie for fifth place, an ideal spot considering his struggles in recent tournaments.

The prospect of a Tiger Woods repeat is very much alive after Round 1. He is tentatively scheduled to tee off at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Augusta tames Bryson DeChambeau on Day 1

Things didn’t go quite as smoothly for Bryson DeChambeau with the eyes of the golf world watching to see if he could muscle Augusta to his will. But he salvaged an erratic day that included a double-bogey on 13 to remain very much in contention with a 2-under 70.

He closed strong with birdies on eight and nine after starting the course on the back nine. He’s scheduled to start Round 2 at 2:08 p.m. ET.

Patrick Reed (2:19 p.m. ET), Adam Scott (10:03 a.m.), Justin Thomas (10:14 a.m.), Dustin Johnson (10:25 a.m.) and Rickie Fowler (9:41 a.m.) are among the other names to watch after hot Thursday starts.

The full Round 2 tee time schedule is here.

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