John Peterson has never won on the PGA Tour, but finds himself leading the Wells Fargo Championship after the first round.
Quail Hollow is a tough track, and Woods should be in the clear for Saturday even with the afternoon wave still to come this afternoon. Peterson holed a bunker shot for eagle, holed a wedge from the fairway for eagle on the next hole, and wound up with a 65. It nearly got even better.
Woods tees off at 7:40 a.m. for Round 2 alongside Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka with plenty of ground to make up.
"It should be a little quicker", he said. He finished his first round at the Wells Fargo Championship with a 71.
This week he is making a switch to TaylorMade irons from his old Nike clubs-a move that has been in the works for more than a year. Five events later, he still needs $318,096 and has this week, and then the FedEx St. Jude Classic and Travelers Championship. Everyone is susceptible to a bad day with the putter and Woods is one of the greatest clutch putters in golf history. Good enough that it could have propelled him near the top of the leaderboard.
I'm hitting it fine.
"I think obviously you've got to win".
But it's early, and he knows that from experience.
The Northern Irishman opened with a three-under 68 to be tied for seventh. Despite winning this tournament in 2007, he failed to make the weekend in each of his last two appearances at Quail Hollow (in 2010 and 2012) ended like this one. Woods left his tee shot short of the green and three-putted for bogey, his first of the day, and had another three-putt on 16 from just 15 feet. He wound up in the group of five players at 67 that included PGA Tour rookie Keith Mitchell and Tyrrell Hatton.
It showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens.
Tiger Woods played his first round of competitive golf since the Masters Thursday to an even-par score of 71. "We're all going to be close". "There's going to be probably, I'm guessing, 15 guys or so with a chance on Sunday".
Peterson will go off at 8:30 on hole number 1.
The American complemented those two stand-out holes with three birdies and only one bogey.
"(The greens) feel springy and they feel fast, especially as I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way", Woods said. "What I was feeling and what I was sensing just didn't match up". "I struggled to make the adjustments today".
Woods got off to a consistent start with three straight pars before bogeying the fourth.