The Loop

Woods Moves Up

April 12, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The hand-operated leader boards on the course at Augusta National are part of the wonderful tradition at the Masters. It always creates a buzz when a number changes, prompting cheers for a birdie and groans for a bogey. The deliberate pace with which the numbers changes deliciously builds the drama. And then there is the reaction when one name is taken down and a new one pops up.

Such was the case at 4:04 p.m. Saturday when shortly after a birdie putt on No. 10 found the bottom of the cup, the name "Woods" found its way onto the leader boards at three under par, sending a buzz of excitement rattling through the Georgia pines.  At the time, Tiger was five strokes behind Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker. It was the first time Woods had been on the leader board since Thursday's first round.

-- Ron Sirak