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10 March 2018, 01:27 | Simon Arnold
Woods joins Valspar Championship leaders
Another bogey looked on the cards after Woods pulled his tee shot on the 16th into the trees, but the 14-time major victor conjured a hooked approach to just short of the green despite slamming his club and left arm into the trunk of a tree on his follow-through.
Despite mixing four birdies with three bogeys, the world No.58 found himself just three shots off the lead on a course that hasn't been kind to him over the years.
Even after holing a 20-yard bunker shot for his lone birdie at his 16th, he bogeyed his final hole with a wedge in hand, missing the green and a four and a half footer for par.
"I just need to get a little bit more tournament time in", explained Woods, who hadn't held the lead in a full-field event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
It was not such smooth sailing for some of the other big names, with Rory McIlroy battling to a 74 in his first round at the Copperhead course, while Jordan Spieth had five bogeys in a seven-hole stretch en route to a 76.
A superb approach to the 13th set up another birdie from a similar distance and, after a run of six straight pars, another gain on the second took Woods into a share of the lead. You can come back next month for another 7 free articles or choose unlimited access with a Digital or Print Subscription, and continueto enjoy the best journalism in Akron, anytime, anywhere and on any device.
"It didn't feel very good", Woods said, via Golf Channel. Today, made a couple of birdies, all of a sudden puts me fourth, fifth, right away. He closed with a par after finding the 18th green with a 5-iron from the right rough and then two-putting from 50 feet.
It was his fourth event of the year. Larrazabal was tied for second place with Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero, two shots behind leader Emiliano Grillo. "I really had a hard time today figuring out what to hit". He said the 47-year-old Mickelson's victory at the WGC Championship in Mexico on Sunday encouraged him to believe he could still add to his collection of 106 professional wins. It was the first time Woods posted a lower score than Spieth in the eight rounds they've played together. I'm revved up. I love competing, I love mixing it up with these guys. "I drove it well. I thought I really did well today overall".
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