Fred Couples leads the Masters, Tiger two shots back

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- What year is it anyway?

Fifty-year-old Fred Couples leads the Masters. Sixty-year-old Tom Watson is one stroke behind. A pair of 52-year-olds, Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer, also broke par Thursday.

Yep, the opening round at Augusta National turned into old-timers day. Couples put up the best score of his Masters career, a 6-under 66, to become the tournament's oldest outright leader after the first round. Watson matched his best Masters round ever, a 67 that showed his stirring run in last year's British Open was no fluke.

Lyle (69) and Langer (71) are right in the thick of things as well.

Tiger Woods shot a 4-under-par 68 Thursday, his best score ever on the first day of the Masters despite a five-month layoff tied to a sex scandal.

Woods made eagles at the eighth and 15th holes -- the first time he's had multiple eagles in a Masters round. Also, he had never started with a score lower than 70 until Thursday, when he put himself just two strokes behind the surprising leader, 50-year-old Fred Couples.

"Why play if you don't think you're going to win?" Woods said. "If I don't think I can win, I won't enter the event."

The world's No. 1 player is off to a good start for his fifth green jacket, and his score could have been even lower. He lipped out four putts.

Still, no complaints after being away from the game so long and enduring plenty of ridicule over his personal life, which fell apart after a Thanksgiving night car crash led to revelations of multiple extramarital affairs.

Even so, he heard nothing but cheers from the Augusta National fans.

"It was unbelievable, the whole day," Woods said. "The people, I haven't heard them cheer this loud in all my years coming here. It certainly helped keep my spirits up."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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