Tiger Woods enjoying getting back in the swing of tournament golf

Tiger Woods enjoying getting back in the swing of tournament golf

For Woods, this week marks his first start at the Honda Classic, his hometown event, since he withdrew from the final round in 2014 with lower-back problems after shooting five-over through 13 holes.

Tiger Woods plays his approach shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. He wound up with an even-par 70.

Starting on the back nine, Woods made the turn in 1 under, but a double-bogey on the par-5 third hole threatened to derail his round.

Alex Noren is listed with 33/1 odds to win this weekend and I think there is some good value there. I had a great day today. Some of those misses off the tee came with driver, which he hit five times, only finding the short grass once. Steaming from those unforced errors, he was between a 2- and 3-iron off the tee.

It came on the easiest hole on the course.

Woods is playing alongside Patton Kizzire and Brand Snedeker in the first two rounds. And also this: He was 11 among the early starters in strokes gained-tee to green, which measures a player's all-around ball-striking. He barely got it out to the collar, used the edge of his sand wedge to putt it down toward the hole and missed the 3-foot par putt. However, Woods did leave PGA National with a much better taste in his mouth than what he had at Riviera.

"Obviously I'm fused, so it's a little bit different and I'm still learning what that feels like under the gun". Harrington was stunned at Torrey Pines last month when he watched Woods walk onto the range and stopped to visit. Not only did he win at The Honda Classic last season, but he also won The Players' Championship at TPC Sawgrass in 2015 under similar weather conditions to what this tournament typically features.

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"I just missed the rush of competing for a Green Jacket", he said Wednesday of his injury-enforced absences. From roughly 300 yards out, there will be no going for the green in two.

"It was tough all around today". The wind is supposed to blow hard, as it does in South Florida this time of the year. Woods drove into a fairway bunker on the par-5 third, laid up and put his third shot in a bunker.

His only other above-par score came at the par-4 16th, where he hit a flawless 2-iron into the fairway, then pulled a 7-iron into a greenside bunker and failed to get up and down.

But given the windswept conditions, it was hardly that bad.

"The last two tournaments I've played have been really tough tests", Woods said after missing the cut by four shots in Los Angeles. "I felt like I hit the ball really well, and it was tough out there".

The sheer numbers and the way they moved as one after Tiger hit a shot drove Rory to distraction - and to the medicine cabinet. "If I turned around and hit the golf ball like Tiger Woods this week, I'd win because I'd love it".

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