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Tiger Woods' Opening Score Is Even More Encouraging Than You'd Think

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 29: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the fourth green in his match against Patrick Cantlay of the United States during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is playing the Masters this weekend, searching for his fifth championship at Augusta and first since 2005. Woods has not won a major tournament since 2008.

He got off to a quality start today, shooting a two-under par 70 to put himself near the top of the leaderboard. He's one of more than a dozen golfers currently tied for eighth at -2.

Adam Scott, Jon Rahm and upstart Justin Harding all shot -3 and are tied for the lead. Four more golfers (Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka) are currently at -3 with several holes left to play.

According to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga, Woods' score of 70 is a good omen for his chances this weekend. He shot a first-round 70 on four other occasions at Augusts, and won the green jacket three of those times.

Woods, who entered today as one of the favorites to win the Masters, will tee off tomorrow at 1:49 p.m. ET.

He finished last major season with a pair of top-10 finishes, and is looking to finally snap his 11-year major drought.

Keep it locked on The Spun this weekend for plenty of Tiger updates and for the latest Masters developments in general.