It marks, after all, the first time Woods has played consecutive weeks on Tour since 2015 when he went from the PGA Championship - where he missed the cut - to the Wyndham Championship, site of his last top-10 (T-10) on Tour.
"For her only child to go through the struggles was a little rough on her", Woods said, "so she's very proud of me getting back out there".
"I played well today", said Cantlay, who was in the clubhouse with a seven-under-par total of 135.
According to the four-time Major victor McIlroy however, such attention was a crucial factor in Woods missing the cut for the weekend's action.
His hopes of playing the weekend at Riviera ended with a three-putt bogey from 40 feet on No. 11, a three-putt bogey from 80 feet on No. 12 and a tee shot he pulled badly to the left and into the trees, leaving his a 3-iron instead of a wedge into the green. "'Guys, you've got a six-foot putt, it doesn't break as much as you think.' Just stuff like this that they don't have to say". So whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again I don't know.
When Woods reminisced somewhere over America about first negotiating the course as an amateur in 1992, Thomas, a breakout star on the PGA Tour, noted that he was born a year later.
As late as Tuesday, Woods was coy when asked about whether he would play the Honda Classic, figuring it would be a "great" sign if he did play, but adding it would be a "smart" sign if he didn't. It is mathematically impossible for Woods to be among the golfers making the cut.
"I was going through a motivational spell past year, after I won (the US Tour's) Zurich Classic; I lost my drive a little but he's given me a lot of advice on resetting your goals".
Tiger had a tough day off the tee and on the greens hitting just four of 14 fairways and needing 32 putts.
His power was evident by hitting his driver out there with McIlroy and Justin Thomas. "And now I'm back playing golf and enjoying it".
And neither is his scoring. He doesn't make birdies at a rate they can, mainly because he doesn't give himself enough chances.
Like it's two shots a tournament he has to give because of all that goes on around. It's like every tournament is an old-style U.S. Open where the premium is on par. He hit good shots, but his game was not almost sharp enough to atone for far too many mistakes, especially on a track like Riviera.
Starting this time on the first, Lahiri had 10 and a half feet for an eagle, but settled for a birdie and then on the third, he holed a 10-footer for a birdie.