Tiger Woods had 6 birdies for an opening round of 68 at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was Tiger Woods' is back at the Pebble Beach celebrity event for the first time in a decade.
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Watched by huge galleries after teeing off at the 10th on the heavily tree-lined Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the former world No. 1 mixed six birdies with two bogeys to end the day five strokes off the pace.
Woods, back at the pro-am celebrity event for the first time in a decade and hunting his first victory on the PGA Tour in more than two years, evoked memories of his glory days.
He was in sparkling form off the tee, a little frustrated by his approach play and could have been at least two or three shots better had a few well-struck putts not halted inches short of the cup or slipped past the edge.
"I drove it great, I had it on a string for most of the day," Woods told reporters after hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation on the most difficult of the three venues hosting this week's event.
"I just wasn't very good with my irons so I'll have to go and work on that. I left a few putts out there ... and I didn't give myself enough looks when I had wedges in my hand."
With barely a breath of wind on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, scoring conditions were near-perfect and Woods knew it was crucial not to end the first round too far adrift.