Tiger Woods Starts Hot, Moves Up Masters Leaderboard

Don’t look now, but Tiger Woods has started his final round at Augusta National Golf Club on the right foot and is quickly moving up the leaderboard at The Masters. Woods shook off the trouble he’s had on hole No. 1 this week, finding the green in two and narrowly missing a birdie putt. He cleaned up for par, and was on his way at Augusta National, with leader Rory McIlroy in his sights.

The real fun came on the second hole, where Woods left himself a lengthy approach into the par five. From 165 yards out, Woods stuck his approach, leaving himself an easy birdie, which he converted to get to 1-under on the day and 6-under on the tournament. On the par four third, Woods piped his drive, leaving a short pitch into the green on a hole ripe for a birdie.

Once again, he converted, leaving his pitch about five feet from the hole and sinking the putt to move to 2-under for the day and 7-under for the tournament, five shots back of McIlroy. While Woods has a long way to go, and will need some help, the quick start is in contrast to the rest of the week, where he’s typically faltered early and came on strong down the stretch.

For more on the tournament, including a full list of Saturday’s tee times, check out the rest of our 2011 Masters StoryStream. Be sure to stop by SB Nation Atlanta and SB Nation’s golf community, Waggle Room, for more coverage of The Masters.

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