Windy conditions shake expectations of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament being won with low scores.
Tiger seems to be faring well thus far in spite of the fact that the fairways and greens all running much faster than they were last week. He buried his first and 18th in a one-under 71.
“I didn’t have any issue with energy and not having the fans’ reactions out there,” Woods said. “I still felt the same eagerness, edginess, nerviness starting out, and it was good. I haven’t felt this in a while.”
American counterpart Tony Finau holds the lead by four shots. He holed 9 birdies and three bogies on a roller coaster ride to a stunning 66 to close out round one. World number one Rory Mcllroy holds the runner-up position currently with a solid two-under opening round.
If Woods should win this tournament (which he has won a record five times) he will break Sam Sneads record of 82 PGA Tour wins. That record has held its ground for 55 years.