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Tiger Woods made his epic return to the Masters on Thursday for the first time since suffering devastating leg injuries in a car crash in 2021.
Woods finished the first round at Augusta National Golf Club shooting a 71 and finishing 1 under par.
After his first round, Woods appeared on Masters Radio on SiriusXM to discuss the treatment he plans to undergo in the hours before he leaves for the second round of the tournament on Friday.
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“Lots of treatments, lots of ice, lots of ice baths, just you know I freeze to death,” Woods said. “That’s only part of the deal. Get all the swelling out the best we can and be… warmed up, energized and explosive for the next day.”
“Those are two totally different ends of the spectrum. You know, in most sports, if you’re not feeling great, you ask a teammate to pass it on, and they can kind of shelter the load. Or in the football, you get one day a week,” Woods added. “Here we have four days in a row. There is no one but me to take on the load, and I have to find a way to do it.”
Woods has saved par 13 times, had three birdies and bugged twice in his first full round at a major event in about 17 months.
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He shot a 36 on the front nine, a 35 on the back nine – and completed the 18th hole with a par. As he walked to the green on the 18th hole, he received a large standing ovation.
Woods had shades of his old self with birdies on the sixth, 13th and 16th holes. He pumped his fist after birdieing the 16.
Woods said he just got in there and played despite having a terrible warm-up session.
“I forgot everything I did on the range,” Woods said. “I’m only three years back and right where I need to be.”
Woods last competed in an event in 2021 at the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie.
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“My team has been amazing getting me into this position so I can compete,” Woods added. “I’ll take it from there, I know how to play. I just have to go where I can play.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report