The alterations lengthened the course to 7,554 yards and reduced par from 72 to 71. However, the 29-year-old who doesn't have so much as a Web.com Tour victory on his resume tamed the hard Quail Hollow track with two eagles and three birdies against a lone bogey Thursday.
Despite issues with guaging his putts, Woods has enjoyed a brilliant return to the sport over recent months.
Woods bogeyed two and birdied one on the back nine to finish at even par on the day.
Woods said he remembers the speed of the bent grass greens in 2012. "The greens aren't quite as fast as when I remember playing here, but they are more hard". So I just need to make the adjustments. He too would also get to 3 under but unlike Phil, he would manage the front side better as he shot a 3 under 68.
"I just didn't make anything today".
"I struggled a little bit with my game in the pro-am yesterday".
"They're springy and they're firm, that's not a combo you would expect". He got another par on the drivable par-4 14th but there was no reason to celebrate as he missed his birdie chance from four feet.
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On the day, Woods needed 31 putts, but hit 13 greens in regulation, including the par-5 10th where he failed to get up and down and made a 6.
Tiger Woods was asked by the media what's been the most "score-able" golf course he's played this season, and he pointed straight in the direction of Augusta National, home of the Masters.
"But you got to put it behind and move on to the next one and hit the next shot with just as much commitment and I did that all day and unfortunately I didn't make anything until the last hole". "More bunkers are in play, they're more hard to carry, and some of the greens have more slope". Since Woods won the event in 2007, the course has undergone significant changes. He'll start the second round six shots behind leader John Peterson, who used back-to-back eagles to shoot 65.
"I'm hitting it fine", Woods said, before flashing his trademark competitiveness and confidence in himself. "I made some good swings and hit some good putts".
A few moments later, Woods was headed to the practice putting green.
He began on No. 10 among the day's earliest starters at 7:40 a.m. ET.
He made clear on more than one occasion he wants to win the Wells Fargo Championship, or the two tournaments he has left. It doesn't help that Quail Hollow is plays a little different from the last time Tiger won here.
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