Watch Tiger Woods pour in back-to-back birdie putts

Watch Tiger Woods pour in back-to-back birdie putts

Watch Tiger Woods pour in back-to-back birdie putts

John Peterson upstaged several big names to grab a two-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship as Tiger Woods made a solid start.

After missed chances over the next two holes, Woods finally put an end to his putting woes when he rolled in a clutch birdie putt at the last to get within six shots of clubhouse leader and fellow American Johnson Wagner (71). He wound up in the group of five players at 67 that included PGA Tour rookie Keith Mitchell and Tyrrell Hatton. "You may see Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson in the lead and want to come out Saturday or Sunday".

"Now, of course, I'm driving it great and struggling a bit with my irons, " Woods said. He now ranks sixth on Tour in strokes gained: around the green and eighth in strokes gained: putting.

"I've always been a pretty good putter all of my career, so that's something I've never really anxious too much about", Woods said.

"I just gave you credit", Love shouted back.

Grouped with Brooks Koepka and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed (similarly clothed in a pink Nike shirt on day one), Woods was welcomed back to Charlotte with the largest gallery of any player. The opposite occurred Thursday in Charlotte and Woods couldn't capitalize on his overall command of the golf ball with new irons and a driver that's been far straighter than it was two months ago.

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Real opportunities for birdies have dropped from around nine, to a much more hard five. He needed 31 putts, with most of his bad ones missing on the right side, especially when he took three putts on the fourth hole and three putts on the 16th hole.

"I felt like I've played my way into playing shape now - whether it's the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week". I feel like I've played my way into the rhythm of it. I played a little more golf than I was expecting to play.

"My feels aren't used to greens at this pace", Woods said. He last played the tournament in 2012. I'm hitting it fine, and I just need to make some putts.

Woods tied for 32nd at Augusta National, while McIlroy squandered a chance to complete the career grand slam after starting the final round in second place behind eventual champion Reed.

Quail Hollow Country Club has changed since Tiger Woods last played its course. "The golf course has gotten more hard, a lot longer".

Woods will play the opening two rounds of the $US 7.2m alongside Reed and reigning U.S. Open victor, Brooks Koepka.

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