Tiger Woods Takes Lead At Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods Takes Lead At Valspar Championship

Kerry Wise
March 10, 2018

One fan's reaction to the shot was priceless...

Woods, a 14-time major champion who hasn't won an event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, battled tough conditions to finish with nine pars, four bogeys and five birdies.

"It was really brutal out there", said Woods. "I moved all the people and warned them in case that club breaks". "But to play myself into contention this early into it was nice and on top of that to build on what I did a week ago, I feel comfortable out there".

Woods managed to save his par at the 16th hole by hooking a shot from the base of a tree. He tapped in for a birdie and his best start in almost three years.

Adam Scott has made his best start on the US PGA Tour this year, carding a one-under par 70 in the opening round of the Valspar Championship.

Recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Woods looked to come close to breaking his arm during a miraculous recovery shot in the first round.

"Thanks for coming, Tiger".

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Corey Conners tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship Thursday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Along the way, he hit 7 of 13 fairways, 9 of 18 greens and needed 25 putts. "It's a reward", he said. Today, made a couple of birdies, all of a sudden puts me fourth, fifth, right away. That's how hard it is.

It was his fourth event of the year. He has missed six consecutive cuts. He said it's still a hell of a test. I've done that from tournament to tournament, I just need to get a little bit more tournament time in.

"If I don't win, I want Tiger to win as that means the old guys out here can still win out here", said Casey. "Those are all different distances the ball travels".

Quotable: "I usually got a good memory, I guess, so I take good notes and kind of remember what you want to do on each hole".

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth struggled, carding a 74 and 76 respectively.

Woods held a share of the lead at the time, and earlier this week Spieth talked about how badly he wanted to have the opportunity to play with Woods in a final round on Sunday. "I drove it well".

"I'm there with a chance going into the weekend, today was a good day", he told the Golf Channel. "The winds out there were howling and swirling but I felt like I really controlled the ball well for most of the day".