Tiger Woods opens with disappointing pars at 2013 Masters

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The No. 1 player has to pick up birdies early, and he's already off to a slow start after a missed chance on No. 2.

Tiger Woods is now out on the course for Sunday's final round at the Masters, and the No. 1 player in the world is even-par through his first two holes at Augusta National. Tiger will need to make a move early on the first nine as he attempts to close a four-shot deficit at the start of the day. There are birdies out there for Woods, as 55-year-old Bernhard Langer has demonstrated with three straight red numbers to start his round.

The first hole has historically given Tiger trouble, as it's the hole with his highest aggregate score in his Masters career. After the disqualification debate of Saturday morning, Tiger stepped up to No. 1 and quickly birdied the hole that's given him problems in the past. On Sunday, he sent his drive off the fairway on the left, and was forced to set up in the pine straw for his approach shot. While off the fairway, he still managed to put his approach in the middle of the green, where he two-putted for an easy par.

Tiger couldn't hit the fairway again at No. 2, a par-5 birdie opportunity that was vital early on if he were to make a Sunday charge and put a scare in the leaders. Woods, who struggles with a left miss off the tee, attempted to draw his ball down the second fairway but overdid it, sending it well into the pine straw. He had no chance to go at the green in two, with his stance on his second shot limited under a tree. He punched out down the fairway, but his third wedge shot into the green had too much spin, leaving him two putts to get it down for par -- a disappointing number.

So that's two misses off the tee for Tiger early, and the missed birdie chance at No. 2 could be costly to a round that has little margin for error.

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