Apr 9, 2010 2:47 AM
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - "It felt normal."
That was Tiger Woods' reaction to his rousing 4-under 68 that has the 14-time major champion in contention after the first round at the Masters. Woods rolled in eagle putts at the eighth and 15th
holes. That's the first time he has eagled twice in the same round at the Masters. This is his first tournament since a five-month layoff following a sex scandal that rocked the world.
The four-time Masters champion received a big cheer from the crowd when his name was announced on the first tee box at Augusta National. An appreciative Woods praised the galleries for their encouragement all day at Augusta.
As Woods said afterward: "I was saying thank you all day."
Woods is two shots behind Fred Couples, who opened with a 6-under 66 to move one stroke ahead of four others just one shot back. The 50-year-old Couples is the oldest outright leader after the first round of a Masters.
Sixty-year-old Tom Watson, proving his runner-up finish at last year's British Open was no fluke, is among the quartet that opened with 67s. Watson shares second with fellow Masters champ Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Y.E. Yang, the defending PGA champion.