NASSAU, Bahamas — There was a lightweight second on Wednesday afternoon at Albany Golf Membership when Tiger Woods made it a degree to let Justin Thomas know he had outdriven him, stopping dramatically to look at the youthful golfer’s ball after which strolling forward to his personal.
Woods, who will flip 44 on Dec. 30, acquired a kick out of upstaging his 26-year-old good friend and golf rival in the course of the opening spherical of the Hero World Problem, though it was one of many few brilliant spots in an in any other case irritating day for the event host.
A very good bit of labor to get himself again within the event was blown away on the ultimate two holes, as Woods completed with a bogey and double-bogey to shoot even-par 72 and end 6 strokes again of leaders Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland and tied for 11th within the 18-player area.
“I did not putt that properly as we speak, however my brief sport was nice and I drove it very well,” Woods stated. “Simply hit a pair poor iron photographs that price me just a few photographs. Bought myself sort of proper there within the combine after which dangerous photographs on 17, 18.”
Enjoying for the primary time since his October victory on the Zozo Championship in Japan, Woods merely appeared a bit off, not giving himself very many birdie alternatives, bogeying two par-5s and struggling on a very windy day within the Bahamas.
However after enjoying the entrance 9 in 2 over par, he rebounded by enjoying a five-hole stretch in 5 beneath par, together with chipping in for an eagle on the par-5 15th gap. That acquired him to 2 beneath par, solely to offer it again on the final two holes.
For the spherical, Woods hit 11 of 13 fairways and 11 of 18 greens and took 27 putts.
Woods gained for the 82nd time on the PGA Tour on the Zozo occasion, matching the PGA Tour document held by Sam Snead. The Hero World Problem is an unofficial occasion, however it awards world rating factors. Woods is ranked seventh on this planet.
Though Woods has gained this event 5 occasions, he’d not fared notably nice within the 18-player area in three earlier appearances. And he is acquired loads to occupy his thoughts this week because the event advantages his basis and he would be the enjoying captain subsequent week for the US on the Presidents Cup in Australia.
Tiger Woods performs his third shot on the third gap throughout Wednesday’s first spherical of the Hero World Problem. Woods shot a 72, leaving him 11th within the 18-player area.
To that finish, Woods fielded extra questions concerning the Presidents Cup than he did his personal sport.
“We’ve some issues we have to run by way of the fellows, some concepts,” stated Woods, who’s joined right here by 10 of the opposite 11 gamers on the U.S. workforce. “I am going to decide their brains a little bit bit. We simply wish to have a transparent image of what we will do down there; clearly, as soon as we get down there, issues roll fairly rapidly.”
Woods famous the tight schedule stuffed with actions as soon as the workforce arrives in Australia on Monday morning, with solely two full days of observe earlier than the competitors begins on Dec. 12.
It most likely did not damage Woods to see 4 of his gamers among the many prime seven, together with Rickie Fowler, who hasn’t performed for the reason that Tour Championship in August. Fowler shot 69 to path the leaders by three. Thomas can be tied for fourth together with Fowler and Justin Rose.
“The situations as we speak had been onerous,” stated Reed, one in all Woods’ at-large choices for the Presidents Cup. “I knew as we speak was a day you needed to play from the green, you needed to give your self alternatives. It was a clumsy wind, and we’ve not actually seen that in event play right here. The ball is simply going ceaselessly downwind, and into the wind the ball’s going nowhere, so it is a type of issues the place it’s a must to be affected person and make putts every time you could have the chance.”
Reed made seven birdies and only a single bogey to shoot 66. Woodland, who gained the U.S. Open this 12 months and likewise acquired a captain’s decide from Woods, had eight birdies and two bogeys to tie Reed.