Tiger Woods score: Stumbles early, late in Round 1 at Hero World Challenge leave him way back of lead

What looked like it was going to be a pretty glum first day in the balmy Bahamas turned bright for Tiger Woods at the 2019 Hero World Challenge. Then it turned glum again as Woods shot a roller coaster of an even-par 72 on Wednesday to open the tournament. Let's take a deep dive into Woods' work over the first 18 holes.

Front nine (2-over 38): Woods didn't make a par on a par 5 on the front nine on Wednesday. Two bogeys and a birdie on the par 5s plus one other bogey left him 2 over on that side and scuffling with Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau near the bottom of the board. I don't know if that was what I expected, but I wasn't necessarily surprised. Woods has a lot going on right now and didn't open this tournament very well last year when he only shot one of his four rounds in the 60s.

Back nine (2-under 34): Woods started the back 4-4 and then made three 3s in a row to get it all the way to 3 under on the day. The denouement came at the par-5 15th when he chipped in for eagle. From there, he had a bumpy finish on the 17th and 18th with a bogey at the former out of the bunker and a double at the latter after missing the fairway. His 72 was somehow both disappointing and encouraging.

What went well: Tiger's swing remains fluid. I noticed this at the Zozo Championship a month ago, and it was true again today. He also had nice touch around the greens, which is one thing that can be a little tricky when you've only played one tournament since August. Here's that chip-in on the 15th.

Moment of the day: Tiger clowning playing partner Justin Thomas when he drove it past him was so, so good.

Where he stands: Tiger was six back at the time he finished, which is a little better than last year when he was eight back of Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed after 18 holes. Still, he has to be fuming about that 4-6 finish on the final two holes. I know they're tough ones that nobody is playing well, but he had a real opportunity to get in the house at 2 or 3 under.

What's next: Following a friendly first round with potential Presidents Cup partner Thomas, Woods will get a brand new pairing on Thursday in Round 2 as he marches toward what could be his second win of the fall and on into next week's Presidents Cup in Australia.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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