Tiger Woods has been a huge draw at the Masters this year, and even his fellow golfers are caught up in the story.
Cameron Smith shot a 4-under 68 in the first round of the event Thursday. He and Bryson DeChambeau played together as a duo due to the withdrawal of Paul Casey. They were in the group ahead of Woods, and Smith admitted after the round that he looked to Tiger a lot as a fan.
“I almost felt like a patron at times today. You can’t not watch it; it’s unreal,” Smith said via Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine.
Being just one group ahead of Tiger and only having one other player in his group allowed Smith to soak up some of Woods’ round.
Tiger was competing in his first real event since sustaining serious leg injuries in a car crash last year. He shot a 1-under 71 to finish the first round tied for 10th. It’s a good round for everyone.
Woods ended up playing well enough on Friday to make his 22nd straight Masters cut. Smith shot 2-over on Friday, but also made the cut at 2-under for the tournament.
Smith may have gotten caught up in the story, but he didn’t let it affect his game on Thursday.