Tiger Woods Charging Up Masters Leaderboard With Blistering Front Nine

When Tiger Woods starts to fist pump on Sunday at The Masters, you know the game is on. Woods is off to a blistering start at Augusta National Golf Club with a 5-under front nine that includes four birdies, an eagle and just one bogey. Early in the round, Tiger Woods is right in the thick of things, applying pressure to the final group.

Woods began the afternoon with a par on No. 1 before sinking back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3. An errant tee shot on the par three fourth set him back, but didn’t derail his round by any means. He followed that up with a par on No. 5, but the fist pumps and swagger returned on the holes following. On the par three sixth, Woods played a shot that can only be described as stupid good, hooking an 8 iron into the front-left hole location to leave a short birdie put, which he drained. On No. 7, he nestled his approach up nicely, sinking another sliding birdie putt and capping it with a fist pump.

On No. 8, Woods bombed his drive down the middle of the fairway, leaving him 278 yards to the hole on the lengthy par five. His approach was reminiscent of the Tiger of old as he played another massive hook three wood into the back left hole location, leaving himself just about 10 feet for eagle. Woods sunk the eagle putt, moving to 5-under for the day, 10-under for the tournament and just one off the lead.

Rory McIlroy has the lead again at 11-under after Charl Schwartzel bogeyed the par three fourth. A full look at the leaderboard can be found here.

For more on the tournament, 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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