“Due to thunderstorms in the early morning hours of Thursday, gate opening times will be delayed by 30 minutes,” the Masters said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Honorary Starters will take place at 8.15am followed by the first start time at 8.30am”
Woods should have teed off at 10:34 AM ET, but due to the weather delay, his round started just after 11 AM ET. His group is due to tee off Friday at 1:41 p.m. ET for the second round.
“It’s an amazing thing,” said Fred Couples, 1992 Masters winner. “Fourteen months ago I cry every day like a baby, and now…he looks strong.
“I know his leg is hurt, but he’s hitting it far enough to play this job, and he’s playing this job as well as he is, he’s won a lot here, he knows what to do.”
Speculation began about Woods’ entry into the tournament when his private jet landed at an airport near Augusta last week.
“Walking is the hardest. This isn’t an easy walk at first,” Woods told the PGA Tour, referring to Augusta’s hilly course.
“With the conditions my leg is in, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult. Seventy-two holes is a long way. It’s going to be a tough challenge and a challenge I’m excited about.”
After almost completely dominated the men’s golf at the start of his career, Woods’ career went into a downward spiral.
However, the Masters were the site of a seemingly other impossible comeback as Woods took the win in 2019, ending an 11-year wait between his 14th and 15th major wins.
“He’s Tiger Woods so I’m not worried about ever seeing him hit a ball because he’s the best player I’ve ever seen play,” Couples added.
“He’s won so many times, and he’s just not a guy who’s going to do something mediocre. He’ll fight and he’ll be ready to roll. I think it’s great for him to be here.”
Homero De La Fuente contributed to this report.