Tiger Woods fired an opening-round 71 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte.
That was before Peterson came to life late in his round. Peterson holed a bunker shot for eagle, holed a wedge from the fairway for eagle on the next hole, and wound up with a 65. Since the last time he played, the 16th hole has been overhauled so that the green sits by the water.
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"If I just make a few putts, I shoot 2 under, 3 under, but I just didn't make anything". But the surface was a little on the slow side, and several players left putts extraordinarily short. "They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way", Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion.
It showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens.
It missed. He missed from 8 feet. He needed 31 putts in the first round.
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"From the fans, to the players, the guys that I grew up playing against on the Champions Tour, the players that have emerged since I've been away".
Woods is coming off a three-week break, his longest since he returned to the PGA Tour in January, and it was a welcome respite.
Woods, in his seventh start of the year after a successful spinal fusion, will be joined at Quail Hollow by a strong field that also features Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Masters champion Patrick Reed. "That's for sure. It's longer, but it's also more hard".
"Ball-striking-wise, I'm fine", said Woods, who received a warm welcome from the fans on the first tee box in his return to Charlotte. Tiger buried the simple putt to get to even-par.
Woods said Wednesday the demanding 7,442-yard par-72 layout had grown more challenging in his absence. He felt the grass on the greens had grown since earlier.
So Woods has switched out his old Nike irons for a new set of TaylorMade irons, which he put in play this week.
As recently as last September, before he underwent back surgery, he was uncertain he would ever play golf again.
"I've always been a pretty good putter my whole career, so that'll be something I've never really anxious too much about", Woods said.
It didn't look too hard for him in Wednesday's pro-am, nor did it for Hashmi, who's committed to play college golf at in and held his composure in the presence of Woods.
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