Australian Marc Leishman may lead the Masters after an impressive 66 in the first round, but Tiger Woods is right on pace to win his fifth green jacket. No, really, he’s literally right on pace to win the 2013 Masters Tournament.
Woods has won this prestigious event four times and he finished with an opening-round 70 on three of those occasions. Woods also finished two under par on Thursday, so if history is any indication, Tiger will be the last golfer standing in his signature red shirt on Sunday.
Woods won the Masters in 2005 when he shot a two-over 74 in the first round so deuce appears to be his magic number — he has always won the tournament when he finished exactly two under or above par in the first round at Augusta National.
In 2010, Woods scored his lowest first round ever at the Masters with 68, a number that has been matched by three golfers so far on Thursday, including Rickie Fowler, David Lynn and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano. Other notables who finished at 70 with Tiger are K.J. Choi, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Jason Day and Justin Rose.
Woods’ new girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn, is in attendance, so it’s easy to see why Tiger is playing so well again. He won 14 majors with his ex-wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, cheering him on and now he has another attractive blonde in his gallery, so he’s got all the pieces in place to make a run at his fifth green jacket and 15th major win on Sunday. Of course, it’s only day one, so there’s a lot of golf left to be played.