Tiger Woods briefly grabs lead at Valspar

Tiger Woods has stacked coin all over the United States. More

Tiger Woods has stacked coin all over the United States. More

On Thursday, Mickelson responded and said he could see Woods winning in his first ever appearance at the Valspar Championship.

"I first [worked] with him in 1995 at the big tournament, walked with him from 1995 until like 2008, 2009", Marcellus said.

Of course, he's still got a lot of golf to play this week, and next at Bay Hill where he has had success before, but does anyone who has been watching this comeback truly believe that Tiger isn't back? He's struggled with driving in all three of his starts in 2018 (his now driving accuracy is way down at 45%, having hit just 63 of a possible 140 fairways).

McIlroy's only birdie in an opening 74 came courtesy of holing a bunker shot on the seventh, his 16th hole of the day, while two bogeys and a clumsy double-bogey seven on the fifth left him three over par.

Chamblee also noted that Woods foraged into the thick to retrieve a ball, taking a risky shot to get it back onto the fairway.

"The hand is fine". I think Kenny Perry won a handful of events close to 45, 46. On his follow-through, though, Woods' club hit a tree and he was forced to let go of it. "I moved all the people and even warned them in case the club breaks and gets over there". I was anxious about that.

'I thought it was great, ' said Woods at his pre-tournament press conference. (But) I'm not going to put it out of the realm if Freddie (Couples) feels good, he's still in the mix. "Overall, I feel I really did well today".

Woods endured a rollercoaster round in Palm Harbor, Florida, with five birdies and four bogeys.

Conners, who only made the field after another qualifier withdrew, leads the tournament after shooting a 4-under 67. One of the most famous Black pro golfers in history is participating in a tournament at a course... "That was definitely a key for me". Meanwhile, Stenson has strong course form numbers here with three straight top-11 finishes including a seventh-place finish here past year.

Kevin Streelman - Kevin Streelman has been a bit of a hit or miss in his last several events, but he does have five top-25 finishes in his last 10 performances and hasn't missed a cut since the Northern Trust many months ago. The trio of Russell Knox, Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley are one further back.

A familiar group of names is tied with Woods at one under, including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Adam Scott.

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