Tiger Woods shoots even-par 70 in first round of Honda Classic
Tiger Woods banged it around the yard for most of his round Thursday but shot a pretty decent even-par 70.
Tiger Woods finds himself in a familiar position after the first round at the Honda Classic.
Last year -- Woods' first year playing the tournament as a professional -- he trailed first-round leader Davis Love III by seven strokes after 18 holes.
He followed with 68-69-62 to finish second to Rory McIlroy.
There's more work to be done this year and, as we all know, Woods doesn't love playing from behind.
Woods started on the back nine and had a below-average first nine holes. He bogeyed two of his first four but actually played the Bear Trap (holes 15-17) well at even par and made the turn with a 37.
Then he made a six-foot birdie on No. 3 (his 12th hole), but on No. 6 things got interesting.
Tiger's ball winds up left and in the hazard. Here we go! Rolling up the pantlegs, putting on rainpants and taking off the sweater!!— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) February 28, 2013
Tiger's drive goes into the marsh left on 6, but he was able to play it out of the water, crowd roared when Tiger made ahuge splash— Ryan Reiterman (@rreiterman) February 28, 2013
Tiger makes par from the marsh on No. 6. Incredible.— Ryan Reiterman (@rreiterman) February 28, 2013
I agree with Jason Sobel, though.
Tiger Woods makes par from the water hazard on 6. Still not his best effort from the wet stuff: youtu.be/FZ1st1Vw2kY— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) February 28, 2013
He would follow that up with a birdie on No. 7 (his 16th hole), a par at No. 8, and a par at No. 9 for an even-par 70.
All in all it wasn't a bad first round given that Woods was all over the yard for most of it. It definitely could have been worse.
If Tiger can stay at even or better today (he's E through 16) it's a good round considering some of his shots.— Brian Wacker (@pgatour_brianw) February 28, 2013
Woods trails the leader in the clubhouse, Graham DeLaet, by five.
Here's a look at Tiger's scorecard:
He had some typical Tiger things to say shortly after walking off the course:
Tiger says he played better than he scored. "Hit the ball well, hit good putts; didn't have a hold of this grain." twitter.com/StephanieWei/s…— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) February 28, 2013
Woods, paired with Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson, will tee off at 12:25 p.m. EST in the second round Friday.
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