Tiger Woods starts Masters 1 under, will finish round Friday

Tiger Woods went 1 under through 13 holes before the first round of the Masters was suspended due to darkness Thursday in Augusta, Ga.

The 88th playing of the Masters began 2 1/2 hours later than scheduled Thursday morning due to weather. Woods’ tee time was pushed to 3:54 p.m. ET, and he wasted no time getting on the board with a birdie at the par-4 first hole at Augusta National.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 fourth after sailing his tee shot over the green, but he got the stroke back at the par-5 eighth with a two-putt birdie.

Woods and playing partners Max Homa and Jason Day of Australia will resume their rounds at 8 a.m. Friday.

It is Woods’ first appearance since withdrawing from the Genesis Invitational in February with flu-like symptoms, and his first major in a year. Woods made the cut at last year’s Masters but withdrew before the end of the rain-interrupted third round, citing plantar fasciitis.

He underwent left ankle surgery later that month and has played very little competitive golf since.

The five-time Masters champion would break a record held by Gary Player and Fred Couples if he makes his 24th straight cut at Augusta this week. The top 50 players and ties after 36 holes, plus anyone within 10 shots of the leader, will play the weekend.