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Tiger Woods trails by 4 shots in Australian Masters

By Cindy Boren

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It took Tiger Woods a bit of a while to get going in the Australian Masters and the crowd, frankly, was a frisky lot, with sheilas beckoning from the gallery and a spectator having the audacity to yell, "Hey, Eldrick!"

Woods played 14 holes without missing a green, but the problem was his putter. He shot a 2-under 69 "that was probably the highest score I could have shot," Woods said. He trailed Adam Bland, Alistair Presnell and Daniel Gaunt by four shots in the tournament at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne. According to the Australian:

Problem was his feet then touched the putting surface and things went pear-shaped. Woods, who started on the 10th, took 19 putts on his front nine - the sort of numbers usually reserved for Sunday hackers. Had he putted anywhere near his ability, his score could have been anything. As it was, Woods was able to turn his day around thanks to a birdie on the par-five 17th. Even then, he could have made eagle had his putter been on song.

"I have certainly not hit the ball like this in the first round," Woods said. "I hit it pretty good last week in China but not like this. If I just hit a few more putts a little harder, this could have been a good round.

"You certainly can't win it the first day, but you can lose it. I know what to do, I know how to win golf tournaments. It's a matter of getting my game organized so I can do that."

By Cindy Boren  | November 11, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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