Woods termed it “a bonus” and on a sweltering hot day his new mallet-style putter heated up with the mercury en route to making seven birdies for the round and shooting a five-under 65 which tied for his lowest score this season.
“I think standing here right now it’s probably not a realistic goal but if I continue to play the way I’m playing for the next few months it may start to be a realistic goal” McDowell said. “Deep down I know I’m good enough but I’ve got to show I’ve got to put some results on the board. I’ve got to take care of business.”
Whatever effect Augusta National’s ticket policing may or may not have over time don’t expect the demand for badges to wane this year not with Woods back in the mix for the first time since 2015. “I’m not sure there is an athlete who affects supply and demand more than he does” Papp said.