"I still want to compete, and I want to beat these guys", the 42-year-old superstar said as he looked forward to his first Masters in three years, and his first major start since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship. I don't know, if it carries probably two more feet, it's probably a give [gimme].
"To be able to say that not only have I stepped foot on the Augusta National course, but to say that I actually got engaged there..." "It's about riding momentum from last week and this round".
China's Haotong Li and Tony Finau (15 holes) top the leaderboard at four under, while former British Open victor Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman and Canadian Adam Hadwin (all 69) are a shot back at three under.
Danny Willett (2016) and Sergio Garcia (2017) both won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic a few months before claiming the green jacket and Li did the same by holding off Rory McIlroy earlier this season.
Not willing to surrender his chance of playing in the year's first major Finau hobbled his way to the top of the leaderboard ahead of a glittering lineup of major winners.
Fleetwood had five birdies and five bogeys in his opening round That stayed right but the birdie was followed by two more in succession, including a putt from 20 feet at the 17th, before a closing bogey resulted in a level-par 72.
Meanwhile, Woods shot 73 to come in at 1 over on the round.
"Seventy-three is fine", Woods said.
Marc Leishman is in contention at the Masters after an opening 70 at Augusta National today, but the Australian could have been so much happier.
"Otherwise it's just short of the green, an easy up and down from there, where I was trying to leave it, " he said. "I could have easily let the round slip away from me, but I got it back", he said.
His day didn't finish as he would have hoped - he played a nine-hole stretch at 8-over-par - but he still did his hometown proud.
Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to his tee shot on the fourth hole during first round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 5, 2018. "It's just a really good start". I wasn't flying high.
"If I clean up the par 5s, I'm right up that board", he said.
"I miss, I miss, I miss, I make", Ballesteros said.
The same could not be said for defending champion Sergio Garcia, who carded an 81 after taking an incredible 13 shots to play the 15th hole.
Race to Dubai victor Fleetwood birdied two par fives but was two over when he had a seven-foot eagle chance at the 15th.
But the new reality at the Masters is that until Jordan Spieth has recorded his score, you just don't know what the theme of the day will be. After being sidelined for a little more than a year, Hogan returned at age 37 and won the last six of his nine majors, including two Masters.
X-rays were negative, and Finau was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.
He started with a bogey, but then added birdies on Nos.
"I think quick starts are important in any event". "A bit up and down and I played the par-5s very sloppily". I don't do well in domes or driving range shots.
Finau said after his round that his pain rated a "10 out of 10" when the injury happened, but it bothered him less and less as Thursday unfolded.