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Last Updated: Friday, 9 April, 2004, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Woods picks up a shot
Tiger Woods searches for his ball on the fifth hole
Tiger Woods completed his opening round at Augusta on Friday by picking up his first birdie to finish with a three-over-par 75.

Bad light forced 18 players off the course on Thursday, after storms washed out much of the afternoon.

Woods finished eight strokes behind leader Justin Rose, but the world number one was not on his own.

Defending champion Mike Weir limped home seven over, four shots behind Vijay Singh who carded a 75.

Adam Scott, who won the recent Players Championship, fared even worse and could only manage an 80.

Woods was four over at the turn when play was suspended for two hours, but the break did little to improve the game of the pre-tournament favourite.

I'm sure he'll sleep on this and he'll come back out strong again
Casey Wittenberg on playing partner Tiger Woods
The three-time Masters champion was wayward off the tee, careless with his irons and uninspired on the greens.

The 28-year-old American has not won a major since claiming the 2002 US Open and will need to find something very special on Friday to have any chance of ending that run here.

Woods' amateur playing partner Casey Wittenburg, who outscored him by three shots, still believes in the eight-time major winner's powers of recovery.

"I mean, obviously, Tiger had an off day," said Wittenburg.

"But he's the world's number one. He's the best player in the world. I'm sure he'll sleep on this and he'll come back out strong again."

Weir double-bogeyed his final hole on Thursday, after pushing his approach into the water at the back of the green on the 15th.

And he found the going just as difficult on Friday, picking up a bogey at each of the final three holes.

Davis Love III, Retief Goosen and Jack Nicklaus all finished three over, two behind Mark O'Meara who shot a steady one-over 73.

John Daly could only manage a 78, little better than veteran former champions Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who are 10 and 12 over respectively.





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