PALM HARBOR — Tiger Woods made the turn at even par Thursday in his debut at the Valspar Championship golf tournament.
Woods had two birdies, at Nos. 1 and 8, and two bogeys. On the windy par-3 fourth hole, he backed away from his tee shot — once for the breeze, another time after a port-a-potty door slammed shut nearby, before sailing over the green. He wound up behind a tree and needed two chip shots.
A missed par putt on No. 9 produced the other bogey. Someone yelled in his back swing from the trap, and Woods stopped just as his wedge was about to touch sand. (Apparently he's back is fine.) He stepped away, wiped off his grip with a towel and hit it to within six feet.
He was four shots off the lead — owned by Corey Conners at 4-under, and two shots from getting on the leaderboard.
The Tiger highlight through nine holes: His gallery. Has there every been anything like this at Innisbrook? Massive.
The stats: Tiger hit six of seven fairways, five of nine greens in regulation and had 13 putts.
Oh, and there was this shot, his approach at No. 7.
Ball-striking. pic.twitter.com/Lsal75sajI— Tiger Woods Spot (@TwSpot) March 8, 2018