After a stumbling through a disappointing first round at his Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods is back in action Friday.
The 14-time major champion and five-time winner of the Hero carded a 1-over on Thursday at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, and now trails leaders Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed by eight strokes. Woods is currently T16 with Xander Schauffele in the 18-player event that benefits his foundation.
Woods drove the ball well on Thursday, hitting 12-of-13 fairways, but struggled on and around the greens en route to 31 putts. He tees off at 11:15 a.m. ET alongside Hideki Matsuyama. Follow his with round shot-by-shot analysis below.
Tiger lost his drive to the right, in a dune, under a bush. On his knees he got a club behind the ball and knocked it back into the rough. What a way to end his round. His approach didn’t carry enough and gets caught in the rough in front of the green. He’ll have to get up-and-down for bogey from there, which won’t be an easy task. His approach is a little long, and his putt had too much gas and it cruises a few feet by the hole. He converts double-bogey on No. 18, his first non-birdie or par of the day. 3-under after 18 (2-under for the tournament).
The par 3’s have been a struggle for Tiger the last two days, and No. 17 was no exception. His 9-iron misses the green right. Nifty little chip here from Tiger and this one rolls right next to the cup. Tap-in par. 5-under thru 17 (4-under for the tournament).
A rare miss with the driver today had Tiger in the left rough. He had to hit a blind shot over a mound and comes up well short. He’ll have a testy up-and-down from there, and the chip lands on the green and runs to about 10 feet. He calmly strokes the par putt into the cup and avoids his first bogey of the day. Great scrambling there from Tiger. 5-under thru 16 (4-under for the tournament).
Another useful driver here for TW down the right side of the fairway. His second shot with the wind to his back comes up about 40 feet short of the cup, leaving an eagle putt. He gives it a good ride but misses by a feet or so, leaving a tap-in birdie to move to 5-under thru 15 (4-under for the tournament).
Another short par 4 here and Tiger just comes up, well, short. He pitches this one up and rolls it about five feet past. Unlike the majority of he day he buries the putt and moves to 4-under thru 14 (3-under for the tournament).
Tiger smoked another drive on No. 13, but just missed the approach. From around 20 feet he just misses, leaving a tap-in par. 3-under thru 13 (2-under for the tournament).
Pretty good shot here off the tee on No. 12 and Tiger winds up about 15 feet away. Nothing to see here. Two-putt par. 3-under thru 12 (2-under for the tournament).
Another driver, another fairway. Tiger’s smoking his driver this week. Not a great effort with his second shot, but he’s dialed in around the greens today and sticks this wedge and spins it to inside five feet. Of course he misses the putt. Another just awful effort with the birdie putt. Another disappointing par. 3-under thru 11 (2-under for the tournament).
Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. Tiger finds the fairway to start his back-nine. His approach is a little long and left, but his birdie putt still gets close to the cup but doesn’t drop. Par. 3-under thru 10 (2-under for the tournament).
Tiger smoked his drive on No. 9, but his approach shot misses the green and finds the bunker. Tiger gets up and out to about 10 feet and drills the putt to drop to 3-under on the front nine (2-under for the tournament).
The Big Cat stuffed this one inside five feet for another great birdie opportunity. What’s been the story of the week so far? Blown chances. Another one here at No. 3. Par. 2-under thru 8 (1-under for the tournament).
No. 7 is a short, driveable par 4 and Tiger’s tee shot comes up a little short of the green. He was in the same position yesterday and was able to get up-and-down for birdie. This one goes a little long, but he’ll still have a birdie putt from a little over 10 feet. This one flirted with the cup but refused to fall, leaving another par. 2-under thru 7 (1-under for the tournament).
Hey Tiger, how left was your drive? “So left.” His second shot was a lay-up from the thick stuff. Tiger threw a dart at the green from the fairway for a tap-in birdie. Chirp-chirp! 2-under thru 6 (1-under for the tournament).
Tiger fires his tee shot right at the pin to set up a birdie look, but the putting woes return as he misses, setting up a disappointing two-putt par. 1-under thru 4 (Even for the tournament).
Let’s see if that birdie on No. 3 jump-starts a low round here. Another good drive finds the fairway. The Greens In Regulation struggles continue as the approach misses, leaving a chip that’s a big too long. He rolls in the five-footer for par to remain at 1-under thru 4 (Even for the tournament).
Tiger needs a good hole here on the par 5. His tee shot finds the fairway and his second was a beauty and climbs up onto the green. He’ll have an eagle putt to try and get under par. The eagle won’t fly but the birdie well! Tiger’s 1-under thru 3 (Even for the tournament).
It’s a right pin at the par 3 second hole and Tiger goes right at this one. Tiger’s putt from around 6 feet misses, and he’ll settle for another par. While it wasn’t a bogey like yesterday, this was another bad hole. If he has any shot at climbing the leaderboard, he can’t miss chances like that. Even thru 2 (1-over for the tournament).
And we’re off. After a solid day of drives on Thursday, Tiger begins his Friday round with a big stick miss to the left that finds a bunker. His out comes up short of the green, and he’ll settle for par on No. 1 after a good approach wedge to the cup. No damage done, moving on. Even thru 1 (1-over for the tournament).