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Tiger Woods opens Valspar Championship 1 under, three back of lead

By Associated Press
Published: March 8, 2018 Updated: March 8, 2018 at 07:03 PM
Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd at the first tee while playing the Copperhead Course on Thursday during the first round of the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

PALM HARBOR — Tiger Woods found out how tough Innisbrook can be in a swirling wind, and he was up to the task.

Woods smacked his hands into a pine tree during a bold escape from the trees for par and was among only about 20 percent of the field that managed to break par in the opening round of the Valspar Championship on Thursday.

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Canadian rookie Corey Conners didn't make a bogey until his final hole at No. 9 for 4-under 67 on the Copperhead Course. He had a one-shot lead over Nick Watney, Whee Kim and Kelly Kraft.

Woods made five birdies and shot 70. It was his first time to break par in the opening round of a PGA Tour event since a 64 in the 2015 Wyndham Championship, just six tournaments ago because of back surgeries.

This is a developing story.