Masters 2015: I've busted my butt on my short game - Tiger Woods
Former world number one Tiger Woods felt he had turned a recent weakness back into a strength after the first round of the 79th Masters on Thursday.
Woods had started just two other tournaments in 2015 and his chipping and pitching was so bad in the first of them in Phoenix that he shot a career-worst 82 and had the likes of Gary Player fearing he had the "yips."
However, after two months spent working on his game, the four-time Masters champion returned to Augusta National and declared himself satisfied with an opening 73.
"I felt good. I felt like I hit the ball well enough to shoot three under par," said Woods, who three-putted the first hole, hit the first fairway with his tee shot on the ninth and dumped his tee shot into Rae's Creek on the 12th.
"Our entire group was really struggling on the greens. We were talking about how slow they were today. We had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough. You've got to give respect to the downhill putts, but they weren't rolling out."
Asked about his short game, Woods added: "It's my strength again. That's why I've busted my butt. That's why I took time off. That's why I hit thousands and thousands of shots to make sure that it's back to being my strength. And it did.
"I tried to hole most of them, that's the thing. I'm back to hitting shots, making it hop, check on the second bounce, third bounce, I can figure those things out again."