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He won Bay Hill by five shots going into the Masters, and then had his worst performance as a pro at Augusta National. Woods said he wasn’t hitting the ball as consistently well in the spring, not like he is now. And it showed.
"That was the old Tiger," Watson said. "That was beautiful to watch. That’s what we all come to see. That’s what we all want to watch, and that was awesome to see him strike the ball good."
It wasn’t enough for the lead, but it was enough to break par, which is never bad at Olympic Club.
Thompson, who said he had only a few hundred people following his group, understands all the fuss over a 14-time major champion who is showing signs of returning to the top of his game. He was more than happy with a 66 and his name atop the leaderboard, and he made it clear he wasn’t going to settle for one good round.
"A lot of people don’t know who I am, and I’m totally OK with that because I’ve always been a player that just kind of hangs around," Thompson said. "I don’t give up very easily and I’m very proud of that. Give Tiger the spotlight. I don’t care. I’m going to go out and play my game. If I go out and putt the way I did today, I’ll be contention."
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