Woods, dialed in on his quest for career win No. 83, quickly dropped to 4-under after nine holes in his opening round at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, including a "you can't make this stuff up" Black Mamba moment. "Just didn't hit any good shots on the back nine", he told reporters.
Woods noted that he had not practiced on site much this week, especially on the driving range.
In a scorching start, the former world No.1 also birdied the fifth and the par-four eighth hole, where the flag and signage were in the yellow and purple livery of the Lakers.More news: Klobuchar leads in very first overnight New Hampshire primary votes
Woods, who matched Snead with a victory in the Zozo Championship in Japan in October and finished tied for ninth at Torrey Pines in his only start since, was looking forward to teeing off early in his bid to climb the leaderboard on Friday.
The nine-time PGA Tour victor opened by picking up shots at the 10th and 11th and finished with seven birdies.
Close to where basketball great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash last month, Woods fizzed his second shot into the green to leave an eagle putt of 24 feet eight inches - remarkably, the two jersey numbers worn by Bryant during his glittering 20-year career with the LA Lakers. "I didn't know about the putt being that long". As I said, ironic that having those two numbers. "It was a nice way to start", said Woods, per ESPN . "Hopefully I can hit it as good as I did on that front nine to give myself a number of looks for the entire 18 holes, not just nine holes".More news: Asteroid larger than Burj Khalifa will skirt Earth on Saturday
The 44-year-old couldn't keep his swing together on the back nine, and it eventually caught up with him as two bogies left him five shots behind leader Matt Kuchar.
Woods hit his first shot 304 yards into the right side of the fairway. At the 13th, his tee shot was again left, forcing him to chip out, but he got it up and down from the fairway, making a 5-footer for par.
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After a 312 yard drive on the 434-yard par-4 third, Woods chipped his third shot to 7 feet, which he rolled for two-putt bogey on the hole.