"Awesome", said the four-time victor of being back here after fearing that his career could have been over due to the back problems that led to him undergoing spinal fusion surgery less than a year ago.
Spieth holds the lead after the first round after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday.
Finau has emerged as a remarkable leader given he dislocated his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one during the par-3 contest on Wednesday and was a chance of withdrawing from the event.
Woods failed to birdie any of the par 5s for the first time in 15 years. The four-time victor of the tournament then missed the cut in the last three majors that year and was unable to play in any of them in 2016 and 2017. He birdied five holes in a row - Nos.
He pulled strokes back at 14 and 16 and produced two crisp tee shots at 17 and 18 as he capped his round with a pair of solid pars.
Garcia dumped five balls into the water on the par five, where he made an eagle in last year's final round, to record the highest score on the hole in tournament history. He ranks in the top 13 in scoring average in the second through fourth rounds. Similarly, there's an old cliché in golf that you can't win a tournament on Thursday but you can lose it.
"I played in a major championship again", said Woods, who just last September, while recovering from spinal fusion surgery, admitted his days of competitive golf may be over.
The same is true for Tiger Woods when it comes to fast starts.
"It didn't fade", Woods said with a sly grin. Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn't stop.
This is Woods' first Masters appearance since 2015.
"I drove the ball well - did everything pretty well, actually, just that one chip on 15", Leishman said after his round.
"I made a little bit of a comeback on the back nine to get myself back into this tournament and we have a long way to go". He found the pine straw way right off the 11th tee on the way to a bogey and plunked a tee shot into Rae´s Creek at the par-3 12th before making an epic 18-foot bogey save. The romantic possibility of him winning his first Masters title for 13 years was a relentless theme. I was very excited to hear at seven this morning that nothing was broken and I could play. You would not have guessed it watching him on the 15th, where he sliced his first shot so far right that he ended up playing off the 17th, and pulled his second so far left that he was nearly back on the 13th again. "It was mind over matter, trying not to think about the ankle and it felt better and better as the round went on".
When Woods was at his peak, he grinded better than anyone else.
Stenson only arrived on Tuesday afternoon and played a total of 13 holes in practice, but broke 70 on the opening day for the first time with a three-under-par 69.
Things would briefly take a turn for Spieth, who gave back his two birdies with bogeys on No. 5 and 7.