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1996 Tiger Woods hits his first shot as a professional at 2.36pm, partnered with Jeff Hart and Jerry Kelly in the Greater Milwaukee Open. He hits driver at the 461 yard par 4 1st at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course and the ball travels 326 yards. His first round finishes with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey, for a 4-under par 67, and he would go on to make the cut and finish tied 60th, winning $2,544.
The second round of the tournament was eerily prophetic in more than one way. Little known Nolan Henke shot a 62 in round 1 to lead by two shots and followed it with a 66 in round 2 to maintain his lead. Henke's only company for those rounds were his playing partners and their caddies, while Woods was followed by huge galleries. Then, after his first two rounds of 67-69, Woods was moved to remark: "It's weird to be eight behind after a 69..." It was certainly the first - perhaps the only - time that he would get a taste of how his fellows pros might feel.
(Incidentally, Loren Roberts won the tournament in a playoff with Jerry Kelly, after both finished on 19-under par 265.)

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