For those first eight holes, you wanted to take it back. The scoffing, the smirks, the calls for retirement, all of it.
Through eight holes in his first round of PGA golf in the past 466, Tiger Woods was that guy again. He knocked down four birdies – three of them in a row- to reach 4-under at the first round of his own Hero World Challenge.
The grandeur faded with a bogey on 9 and another on 11. He salvaged another birdie on No. 16 before a double bogey on 16 bumped him one stroke over par, finishing the round with a 73.
“I just made some really silly mistakes, mistakes I don’t normally make,” Woods said, before reminding himself as much as anyone else, “but I haven’t played in a while.”
That puts Woods 17th out of the 18 players in the event. Only Justin Rose shot higher, a 73, and now surely a historical footnote.
American J.B. Holmes set the pace with an 8-under 64 to lead the tournament by one stroke. After bogeying the first hole, he racked up seven birdies and an eagle the rest of the way.
Hideki Matsuyama is second after notching a 7-under 65, and US Open winner Dustin Johnson is third with a 6-under 66