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Quick Recovery for Tiger

Wednesday 12:20 p.m. at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods drilled his opening tee shot into the trees left of the first fairway. His long approach off pine needles came up short. But from there Woods got up and down, saved par, and put in motion a round that had him 1-under through five holes in today's first round of the Masters.

Woods made an estimated 7-footer to save par on No. 1, sank a 6-footer for birdie on No. 3 and nearly holed a long putt -- I'm guessing 30 feet -- for birdie on No. 4. A short time earlier, reigning PGA champ Keegan Bradley made 2 from the front-side bunker on 4 to go to even after an opening double-bogey.

Peter Lawrie, the 1999 British Open winner, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson share the lead at this point at minus 3. Seven players are tied for fourth at 1-under, including Woods, Bill Haas and 2010 PGA winner Martin Kaymer. Kaymer never has made the cut in four Masters.

Rain projections for 1 p.m. have been pushed to 3 p.m., which should allow about half the field to finish clear of weather issues.

-- Bob DiCesare

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