Tiger feeling 'revved up' after round one at Valspar

Tiger feeling 'revved up' after round one at Valspar

Tiger Woods continues his preparation for a return to The Masters by competing in the 2018 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) in Palm Harbor, Fla.

His short game was particularly impressive, nearly holing a flop shot from the rough at the par-five first, which led to a tap-in birdie and set a positive tone for the round. After a poor second shot, he left himself with 11 feet to save par on the seventh hole, but made the putt, remaining in the lead.

Elsewhere in the field, world number four Jordan Spieth finished his second round five over and looks certain to miss the weekend with the projected cut at two over.

Woods finished with four birdies and one bogey, which took place on his final hole of the day at No. 9.

Woods showed flashes of his brilliant best in an opening 70 in what is just his fourth PGA Tour event since undergoing spinal fusion surgery - his fourth back operation in three years - last April. "The whole group got fooled a lot today".

"I thought it was great", said Woods, ahead of the Valspar Championship this week.

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He gave a trademark fist pump after saving par from 12 feet on his 16th hole but his round ended on a sour note when he bogied the last.

The last time that happened was during the third round of the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 and the last time Woods led outright after a PGA Tour round was after his last win in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone.

Woods drew the biggest galleries during practice for this week's Valspar Championship.

"This was a nice little 5-iron", Woods said. But he made back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th before playing the remaining five holes in 1 under.

The 14-time major victor is preparing for his fifth start of the season at the Valspar Championship on Thursday after previous finishes of ninth, 23rd, a missed cut at the Genesis Open and 12th at the Honda Classic last time out. "Once (the fans) got cleared out I figured I could put some speed into this thing and I was going to feel it".

"Seeing Phil win was really cool for Tiger to recognise, "I've got all this time to be able to get to that high level", the world No. 4 said.

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