Woods looking good at midway point
Tiger Woods made the turn at one under par in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge at the Albany resort in the Bahamas.
Showing no signs of limits in his swing, Woods had two birdies -- the first by reaching the 572-yard par-five third hole in two and another at the par-three eighth -- before closing with a disappointing bogey on the par-five ninth when he was greenside in two but struggled with his short game.
Woods' booming 300-yard opening tee ball flirted with a sandy waste area on the left side of the fairway and -- maybe in a nod from the golf gods -- got a good kick that bounced the ball into the fairway, leaving him 99 yards to the hole.
From there, he pitched to approximately 15 feet and burned the left edge with his birdie putt. He settled for an effortless par, and just like that he was off in the event he has won five times.
He worked his way around the front nine without any major problems, looking rusty on occasion but at other times positively Tiger-like, fist pumps and all.
He made the turn three shots back from the leaders in a star-studded limited field, with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth all at four under. Woods had pulled within two with a bounceback birdie on hole 10.