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Dr David Chao: Tiger Woods is having a good first round of Masters, but can he sustain it?


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Tiger was Tiger. Did we expect anything else? As expected, Woods played well and is in easy position to make the cut and is 1 minus.

The question is can Woods stay there and fight on Sunday? The constant concern is whether Tiger can ride Augusta’s hilly course four days in a row. That remains to be seen and there are already signs of fatigue.

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Tiger Woods points his cap after playing the 18th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Woods appeared to be walking normally on flat ground at the start of the first lap. On the back nine, a slight limp could be detected. He even used his golf club as a pseudo-cane on occasion. On the hills it still had a slight hitch, but that became more evident later in the day.

Dr David Chao: Tiger Woods is having a good first round of Masters, but can he sustain it?

Tiger Woods waves to the applause on the 18th green after completing the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Ga.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The show’s commentators noted Woods’ issues with uphill approach shots where he would have to rely on right rear leg power. A handful of times Tiger was short and had to rush for par. He even “drop kicked” a tee shot which is very unusual.

Despite Nike’s monster sponsorship, Woods wears FootJoy shoes which give more support to his injured ankle/foot. It’s a clear indication of what he’s going through.

On another occasion, Woods appeared to wince and grab his back. Let’s not forget the five back surgeries and spinal fusion.

Dr David Chao: Tiger Woods is having a good first round of Masters, but can he sustain it?

Tiger Woods heads to the 18th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 07, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Physically, today was his best chance for a great run as back-to-back days are likely to take their toll. In the meantime, Tiger is putting on a show and let’s all enjoy it.

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