Sources informed that Woods clawed his way into contention with a blistering 5-under 31 on Augusta National's front nine which included the only eagle of the day on the par-5, eighth hole.
Woods' partner at the game, Martin Laird stated, "It was a lot of fun playing with Tiger on Sunday at Augusta when he's making a charge up the leader-board. It doesn't get much better."
"The crowds were unbelievable. Some call it madness but I wouldn't. It was a lot of fun. You know his swing, hitting shots — he hit some of the best shots you'll ever see today," added Laird while continuing praising Woods for some of his "old" shots.
However, the American, 14-time major winner and defending champion, Tiger Woods had finished his last calendar year without a victory for the first time in his career. Australian golfer Stuart Appleby won the Australian Masters at Victoria Golf Club in Nov 2011.