"Then it was tough to make putts out there", he said. He is still aware, however, that the Champions course here largely represents the origin of his back problems. But with increasing emphasis on creating party zones at major tournaments, such as on the Bear Trap holes at the Honda Classic, PGA galleries are taking on the timbre of the National Football League and NASCAR.
"I wouldn't necessarily say I'm playing catch-up mode; I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again", Woods said. I still really like Alex Noren, mostly because he came so close to delivering a huge payout earlier this year and an unknown quantity on the rise is always fun. "I've got some work to do".
This is his third PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery. He also got rid of the three-putts that led in part to a missed cut last week at Riviera.
"(Woods is) never going to have the same feel as or be as good as he was back in his heyday. Was T14 here in 2017, 2nd in 2016 and T8 in 2014, so PGA National clearly is a course that suits his game. Woods hits the driver and finds the fairway.
Still, it was a pro-am, a casual round for which Woods rarely grinds. Oddshark provides Woods a long shot of winning the Honda Classic with a +2000 in odds. That could suit those most skilled at controlling their ball flight. "I love playing the Champion Course with all the ups and downs".
Kizzire called the first tee shot "definitely not an ideal start, " adding, "I didn't even watch the ball, because I knew it wasn't good".
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No. 13 (par 4, 388 yards): Hits 292-yard tee shot into the fairway, from where his 93-yard approach settles to five feet, three inches from the pin. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and then you can watch both channels live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Stats-wise this season, he's 9th for Driving Accuracy, 4th for Greens In Regulation, 11th for Scrambling and 8th for Strokes Gained: Putting so take out big hitting - something that isn't crucial on PGA National's Champions Course this week - and Harman is doing everything right. Woods tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines and missed the cut at Riviera.
David Lynn was a surprise T4 in 2014, Russell Knox secured back-to-back each-way payouts in 2014 and 2015 and previous year Tyrrell Hatton popped up to bank a top four on his course debut.
"I just felt like I needed to continue with the things I've been working on". Woods' short game is still tidy, but he said that his iron play is vastly improved, and it needed to be, given the challenging conditions in the first round.
Woods is expected to play only the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has eight victories, before the Masters in a bid to preserve his recovering back. If he is looking for more starts, the Valspar Championship in two weeks would be a possibility.
McGirt is grouped with Greg Chalmers and Luke Donald for the first two rounds.