Tiger and Leishman stumble as Stenson grabs Masters lead

Published April 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

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Tiger Woods of the United States shakes hands with Marc Leishman of Australia on the 18th green (JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Tiger Woods of the United States shakes hands with Marc Leishman of Australia on the 18th green (JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Tiger Woods stumbled with back-to-back bogeys in Amen Corner and co-leading playing partner Marc Leishman also found the water, leaving Sweden’s Henrik Stenson ahead in Thursday’s opening round of the 82nd Masters.

Woods, making his first Augusta National appearance in three years, stood on 2-over par through 15 holes after sinking an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-4 14th.

Former world number one Woods, a four-time Masters champion and 14-time major winner now ranked 103, made bogeys at the par-4 11th and par-3 12th holes in famed Amen Corner, the former after hooking his tee shot way right and the latter after the ball found a watery grave in Rae’s Creek.

Woods had a birdie and two bogeys on his front nine in his first major championship round since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship.

Leishman, meanwhile punched a chip across and off the green at the par-5 15th, taking a double bogey to stand on 2-under.

That left Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion, on top at 4-under through 13 holes. He went two-under on the front nine then birdied the 11th and 13th in Amen Corner to charge into the top spot.

Canada’s Adam Hadwin and American Charley Hoffman shared second on 3-under with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger the clubhouse leader at 2-under 70.

Also on the course at 2-under were Leishman, former Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau, who dislocated his left ankle Wednesday celebrating an ace in the Par-3 Contest but popped it quickly back into place. (Agence France-Presse)

 
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