Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

That's the beauty of a good first day for guys like McIlroy and Tiger Woods - your off day leaves you right in the mix instead of all the way out of the tournament.

It was an opportunity lost for Woods, who began the day tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy but dropped back to a tie for 11th, five shots back of Xander Schauffele, after bogeying the last two holes.

Fourteen-time major victor Woods jumped out of the gates after teeing off the 10th hole, bagging three birdies in his first four holes before a stunning second shot from 220 metres into the par-5 16th hole.

He added another birdie on the first hole, his 10th of the day, to get to seven-under.

Some of Woods's shotmaking recalled his great years while the decision to go back to his Scotty Cameron putter with which he won most of his majors worked a treat. "I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win".

Woods ended past year ranked 656 in the world but has risen to 26 on the back of what has been a consistent and largely uninterrupted season after spinal fusion surgery.

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Woods has shot 61 four times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational which he won for his 79th career victory on tour, but he is still stuck on that mark.

Woods and McIlroy had played a nine-hole practice round together on Tuesday.

Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts.

Woods was posing on his tee shot at the par-3 fifth, the sun glaring into him, and he couldn't figure out immediately where it went. I just haven't executed it properly. A slow and wet course got even slower and wetter on Friday, and golfers were spinning approach shots completely off of greens. He still hit 14 of 18 greens, but just didn't give himself as many chances. I wanted to manage it.

And all that got him was a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy.

Woods, Spieth and Fowler were scheduled to go off in their second round at 12:25 p.m. local time, but tee times have been moved up to between 7-9 a.m.in anticipation of a forecasted storm.

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