Now, he knows - especially on tough days - to bide his time.
Huge expectations led to Woods being tabbed one of the favorites at Augusta, even though he hadn't won a tournament since 2013. He didn't convert the birdie putt but it was one incredible shot that could have easily led to a bogey or worse.
"I'm just kind of gradually working on it, gradually building", said Woods, who had slumped to 1,199th in the rankings while sidelined due to injury. I left myself in bad spots. - Tiger Woods after third-round 72 left him at 4 over through 54 holes.
"I wish this week would have been a little bit better, hopefully tomorrow I can shoot something, get me to even par or even in the red".
You scan his face now for hints of a grimace after another violent swing, and it's not there. Woods, speaking with Amanda Balionis on CBS, said he'd like to see himself get back to par for the tournament. It's a very tall order even he acknowledged after Friday's round.
"I hit a good one in there".
We're suddenly, and spectacularly, entering what may be remembered as the most gifted era of great players - in number, in major titles already won, in range of ages, personalities and nations, and in futures without ceiling - in golf history.
Woods fans are waiting for "crisper" and "better" in Augusta.
But he even on a course that he clearly knows so well, winning four green jackets, finishing in the top 10 nine other times and never missing the cut at a professional, Woods looked largely overmatched in the first two rounds. There have been no Danny Willett, Charl Schwartzel or Trevor Immelman sightings - all of them Masters champs in the past 10 years.
If the 27-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup star can finish his conquest of a place he calls "basically golf's heaven", everyone who loves this hateful game should gaze around with glee. "I would have been more nervous". Not surprisingly, there's tremendous talent right behind Reed and Leishman.
Fowler picked up further shots at 15 and 17 to close on nine under which kept him one ahead of Rahm, who also kept a bogey off his card while storming up the leaderboard.
Marc Leishman has dropped off the pace at Augusta National while Rory McIlroy surged up the Masters leaderboard with a stunning chip-in for eagle. On this Saturday they are well represented with Vijay Singh (2000), Fred Couples (1992) and Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993) making the cut as well. "There's a lot of stuff you can do at a Ryder Cup that you can't do at Augusta National". The greens are really soft, the wind wasn't really blowing hard today.
Playing partner Ian Poulter had also dropped a shot on the first, but birdied the second to get back to five over par. Later and, now it appears, soggier.
"You act like I'm married to these people, I just know them as fellow golfers I don't know what their middle names are". "No telling what will happen".
And as the reigning champion, tradition dictates that Garcia will have to hang out through Sunday to adorn the new victor with their green jacket.
Officially, the US Masters 2018 kicked off on Thursday April 5 and ends after four rounds of 18 holes on Sunday April 8. The nightmare hole meant that Garcia would need a miracle round on Friday to make the cut and play through the weekend.