Tiger Woods shoots even-par 70 in first round of Honda Classic

Tiger shoots 70 in his first round at the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods shot a 70 in his first round at the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)

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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.

I agree with Jason Sobel, though.

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.

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:

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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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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