BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods played nearly flawless golf on Friday, getting around Congressional CC with only one bogey and picked up an eagle and two birdies to help card a 3-under 68 to vault himself into the top 10 at AT&T National.
Woods drained a 50-foot eagle at the par-5 16th to kickstart his round and then picked up birdies at Nos. 5 and 8 on his final nine holes to help him climb to within five shots of leader Hunter Mahan, who fired a 6-under 65 on Friday afternoon.
Here is how the day unfolded at Congressional:
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Update: 5:45 p.m. EDT
A birdie on No. 16 drops Hunter Mahan to 6 under and in solo possession of the lead.
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Update: 5:00 p.m. EDT
A birdie on No. 3 puts Vijay Singh at 4 under, in a share of second.
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Update: 4:45 p.m. EDT
Hunter Mahan pars No. 14 to remain at 5 under.
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Update: 4:25 p.m. EDT
Adam Scott birdies No. 13 to get to 1 over.
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Update: 4:05 p.m. EDT
After a bogey on No. 7, Beau Hossler moves to even par.
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Update: 3:45 p.m. EDT
Vijay Singh makes consecutive birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to drop to 3 under.
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Update: 3:25 p.m. EDT
Hunter Mahan misses a birdie opportunity No. 10 to remain tied for the lead at 5 under.
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No. 9, Par 5, 636 yards
The longest hole on the course, but it isn’t impossible to score on, with Tiger picking up birdie on Thursday with a great third shot that left him only four feet.
• Off the tee: Tiger bombs his tee shot up the right side to the tune of 345 yards. It finds the intermediate cut of rough, but should be able to go after the green, sitting only 250 yards from the flag.
• Second shot: Tiger tries to muscle the ball to the green, but it hooks a bit too much and comes up about 25 yards short of the green and in the rough on the left. He’ll be pitching over a bunker to the front hole location.
• Third shot: Tiger pitches out of the rough and sends it about 15 feet under the hole, sitting just off the green.
• Around the green: Tiger puts his birdie putt to within 9 inches of the cup, but it won’t fall and he settles for another par. He parred three of the four par-5s on Friday, but still managed to move himself into the top 10 at 2 under for the tournament.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (round finished; 2 under for tournament)
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No. 8, Par 4, 354 yards
The shortest par 4 on the course features a fairway bunker on the right that keeps most from trying to cut the corner on the slight dogleg right.
• Off the tee: Tiger plays this hole smart, taking iron up the left side and leaving himself about 135 yards to the flag.
• Approach shot: Tiger has been deadly with his wedge on Friday and his second shot here is no different, sticking it to less than three feet for a great look at birdie.
• On the green: Tiger smoothly raps that birdie putt in to move within three shots of the lead and heads to his final hole of the day, the par-5 9th.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (thru 17 holes; 2 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker have both moved to the clubhouse at 5 under, holding a one-shot lead over four others currently.
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No. 7, Par 3, 173 yards
On this double-terraced green, Tiger will need to get it on the back, with the pin located on the second tier and in the middle.
• Off the tee: Tiger is looking like he has found his comfort zone, easily getting his tee shot on the back of the green and will have about 18 feet for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger has to be careful with the quick green – that is getting more dried out with the scorching temperatures – and leaves his birdie attempt three feet short. He knocks that in for a solid par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 16 holes; 1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Seung-Yul Noh and Rod Pampling are in the clubhouse at 4 under, while overnight leader Bo Van Pelt just turned in a 2-over 73 to fall back to 2 under and currently is three shots off the lead. Meanwhile, the current cut line has moved to 4 over, with the afternoon wave yet to really get underway.
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No. 6, Par 5, 555 yards
Tiger did not take advantage of this par 5 on Thursday, settling for a two-putt par after missing the fairway.
• Off the tee: With temperatures starting to climb toward triple-digits, Tiger needs a good drive here, but hooks it way left and into the pine straw in front of the trees on the far left, leaving himself more than 240 yards left to the pin, which he will have little chance of attacking.
• Second shot: Tiger still tries to attack the green and lands in a greenside bunker on the front left. He had problems from the bunkers late on Thursday, so this should be a good test.
• Third shot: Tiger blasts out and the ball settles about eight feet to the left of the hole.
• On the green: Tiger might kick himself for this birdie miss, with the ball settling 3 inches to the left of the cup. He taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 15 holes; 1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Brendon de Jonge has joined Jimmy Walker at 5 under after a birdie at No. 16, creating a two-way tie for the lead.
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No. 5, Par 4, 413 yards
The fifth hole features an elevated tee box and a sloped fairway, with bunkers lining the left side of the fairway and the green.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway, taking the ball up the left side and leaves himself less than 125 yards into the green.
• Approach shot: With wedge in hand, Tiger plays a beautiful shot to just under the flag and will have about 7 feet for a birdie.
• On the green: This will feel like stealing one, as Tiger drains the short-range birdie try to get back into red figures before moving to the first of two par-5s over his final four holes.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 14 holes; 1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Pat Perez is in the clubhouse at 4 under, picking up birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to finish his round. He is one shot behind leader Jimmy Walker.
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No. 4, Par 4, 470 yards
Tiger had some problems on No. 4 on Thursday, dropping his first shot of the tournament.
• Off the tee: Tiger is taking driver more often than in previous tournaments, knocking this one about 310 yards up the left side and finding the rough. He’ll have about 160 yards left to the front pin location.
• Approach shot: Tiger doesn’t get enough of the ball out of the rough and comes up about 20 yards short of the green.
• Third shot: Tiger putts it onto the green, but leaves himself about 10 feet for par.
• On the green: Tiger makes the par putt, and that is a big one to stay under par for the day with two par-5s ahead of him.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 13 holes; Even for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Sang-Moon Bae is 4 under on his current round – thru 10 holes – and is now even par for the tournament. Meanwhile, there is a three-way tie for second place at 4 under, with Seung-Yul Noh joining that group with a birdie at the par-5 16th. Robert Garrigus and Brendon de Jonge are also 4 under.
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No. 3, Par 4, 466 yards
This tee shot is a bit murky, as there are pines on the left and bunkers on the right, dictating accuracy off the tee.
• Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver and thumps it 310 yards up the right side of the fairway, where he’ll have near 150 yards to the front-right pin.
• Approach shot: Tiger plays a nice shot into the green, almost sitting pin-high and about 13 feet to the right of the flag.
• On the green: Tiger is giving himself a chance to score, but can’t get the putts to drop. His birdie attempt stays right and he taps in from 2 feet for another par. He has an eagle, bogey and 10 pars on Friday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 12 holes; Even for tournament)
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No. 2, Par 3, 233 yards
Tiger actually chose to play 3-wood off this tee on Thursday and may need to do so again with the pin near the back-left portion of the green.
• Off the tee: Tiger drills his tee shot and lands it safely in the middle of the green, leaving himself about 30 feet for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger’s birdie attempt comes up about two feet short and he taps in for a solid par at the course’s longest par 3.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 11 holes; Even for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Robert Garrigus is now one shot off the lead after picking up his fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 1st hole to move to 4 under for the tournament. Garrigus has two bogeys as well.
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No. 1, Par 4, 402 yards
This is a hole that players must take advantage of, as it is one of the few that is playing near par and is ranked as the fourth-easiest hole on the course. Accuracy off the tee is critical because of the bunkers on the right.
• Off the tee: Tiger hit only 4 of 7 fairways on his first nine holes and will need to keep it in play coming in if he hopes to inch a bit closer to the leaders. Tiger misses another fairway here, hooking it a bit left and into the rough, leaving him 170 yards into the green.
• Approach shot: From a thick lie, Tiger has to lay up and puts it in the rough in front of a greenside bunker on the left.
• Third shot: Tiger plays a nice chip shot to about six feet under the hole, which he’ll have to save another par.
• On the green: Tiger’s par putt is a bit too aggressive and it runs about two feet past. He makes the comebacker for bogey, his first of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 10 holes; Even for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: The tough 11th hole has claimed another victim in Brendon de Jonge, who dropped out of a tie for the lead with a bogey and is now one shot behind Jimmy Walker, who is at 5 under.
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No. 18, Par 4, 523 yards
The pin location at 18 is about as tough as it gets, with it tucked in the back left, with water protecting it left and short.
• Off the tee: Tiger hammers another driver about 330 yards, but finds the right rough. Depending on his lie, he could have a nice angle to the pin from about 160 yards.
• Approach shot: With plenty of danger left, Tiger chooses to take his approach out to the right and he finds some greenside rough about 50 feet from the pin. This will take a nice up-and-down to save par.
• Around the green: Tiger plays a fantastic third shot to about 15 inches and he taps that in for a nice par to card a 2-under 33 on his first nine holes.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 9 holes; 1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Brendon de Jonge has joined Jimmy Walker at 5 under after a birdie at the par-3 10th hole. Both Walker and de Jonge are 2 under on their respective rounds on Friday. Jason Day has fallen back to even for the tournament with a pair of bogeys, while Nick Watney is also 2 over for the day and now 1 over for the tournament.
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No. 17, Par 4, 437 yards
That eagle could be just what Tiger needed to start making a run at leader Jimmy Walker, who is still four shots ahead of Woods.
• Off the tee: With a split fairway, Tiger’s only choice is to take long iron and he sends it up the left side of the fairway and leaves himself about 180 yards into the extreme front pin.
• Approach shot: Tiger finds another green, but gives this shot a bit too much zest, sending it over the flag and he’ll have about 40 feet coming back down the green for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger’s birdie attempt has eyes for the hole, but doesn’t have enough pace and stops about three feet short. He knocks that in for his seventh par of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 8 holes; 1 under for tournament)
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No. 16, Par 5, 579 yards
Tiger gets to the first scoring hole on the back nine – the only par 5 – and could use a good tee ball to erase the memories of his errant ways on Nos. 14-15.
• Off the tee: Tiger pummels a drive up the left side, cutting right over a bunker and landing nearly 340 yards down the fairway. He’ll have about 245 yards into the back-left pin.
• Second shot: Tiger stays aggressive and goes for the green in two, landing it on the front right of the green and he’ll have a 50-footer for eagle.
• On the green: And Tiger Woods is in red figures after draining the long eagle attempt to move to 2 under on his round. Of course, the ol’ Tiger fist pump breaks out.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 7 holes; 1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Seung-Yul Noh and Rod Pampling have both moved to 3 under, two shots behind leader Jimmy Walker.
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No. 15, Par 4, 490 yards
This behemoth par 4 requires some accuracy off the tee with some nasty rough on the left and bunkers on the right.
• Off the tee: Tiger can’t find the fairway, hooking it well left and into the rough and leaving himself nearly 250 yards to the green.
• Approach shot: Tiger has no shot at reaching the green from the long stuff, so simply gets it back out in the fairway and leaves himself about 90 yards for this third shot.
• Third shot: Tiger is showing some nice shot-making with his wedge, knocking his third shot to about 6 feet, which he’ll have for par.
• On the green: For the second-straight hole, Tiger scrambles to save par after errant tee shots.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 6 holes; 1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Tiger will need to get things going quickly as the top of the leaderboard is starting to create some separation, with Jimmy Walker now at 5 under, one shot ahead of Brendon de Jonge. Bo Van Pelt has regained a shot and is two shots back at 3 under, while J.B. Holmes stays hot and is now at 4 under through eight holes on the day, tying him with Van Pelt overall.
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No. 14, Par 4, 467 yards
Tiger’s only birdie on the back nine came on the 14th hole on Thursday, nailing a 12-footer after a nice, aggressive approach shot. It is playing as the fourth-toughest hole on the course.
• Off the tee: Tiger puts his first bad swing on the ball, sending his tee ball to the right and into the rough, leaving himself more than 210 yards to the hole.
• Approach shot: All Tiger can do is simply advance the ball back into the fairway and he does a good job of getting it to the left side and leaves himself about 75 yards to the pin.
• Third shot: Tiger puts some spin on his third shot, using the back of the green to help move it back to about four feet, which he’ll have for a nice par save.
• On the green: Tiger knocks in the putt for another par and he has moved into the top 30 as others start moving back toward him a bit.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 5 holes; 1 over for the tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: J.B. Holmes is making an early move, moving to within two shots of Jimmy Walker’s lead by going 3 under thru his first six holes (he started on the back).
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No. 13, Par 3, 193 yards
This should tell you something about Congressional – the 13th hole is playing slightly over par and yet it is only the 14th-toughest hole on the course.
• Off the tee: With the pin in the extreme back left, Tiger attempts to attack it, but finds the intermediate rough just off the green and will have about 25 feet for birdie.
• Around the green: Tiger uses his second shot to get in snug again, leaving himself an 18-incher for par, which he makes. Four pars to open his second round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 4 holes; 1 over for tournament)
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No. 12, Par 4, 471 yards
That par at the 11th shouldn’t go unnoticed, as it is the toughest hole on the course and Tiger’s worst hole at Congressional over the span of his career.
• Off the tee: Tiger plays his first stinger of the day and takes it right up the middle of the fairway and will have a nice angle into the back-left pin.
• Approach shot: Tiger hits another green in regulation, taking a direct line at the hole, but it comes up about 20 feet short of the flag.
• On the green: Tiger gives his birdie putt a great run, but it stays about 5 inches to the right of the cup and he settles for a third-straight par to open his round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 3 holes; 1 over for tournament)
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No. 11, Par 4, 489 yards
Tiger nearly found a small creek up the right side of this fairway on Thursday and will need to avoid that power fade taking his ball too far right.
• Off the tee: Tiger hammers his tee ball and it bounds up the right side of the fairway about 310 yards, staying in the short grass and he should be able to attack the back-right pin.
• Approach shot: Tiger hits the green with his approach, but leaves himself about 40 feet under the hole for his birdie attempt.
• On the green: Tiger gives his birdie attempt a nice thump and it runs about three feet past the hole. He makes that comebacker for a solid par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 2 holes; 1 over for tournament)
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No. 10, Par 3, 218 yards
Tiger flirted with some disaster at the 10th hole, barely clearing the water in front of the green, but got a nice hop and ran out to about 25 feet. Statistically, Tiger was a bit rough on Thursday, hitting only 50 percent of his fairways, and subsequently only 61% of his greens in regulation.
• Off the tee: With the pin tucked in the back left, Tiger takes dead aim at the flag and knocks it about 15 feet past the flag and in the intermediate cut of rough just off the green.
• Around the green: Tiger plays a nice second shot from the fringe, knocking it to about 18 inches and he taps that in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (thru 1 hole; 1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Jimmy Walker – also starting on the back nine – opens with a birdie at No. 10 to take the outright lead at 4 under.
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Update #2: 7:37 a.m. EDT
Bo Van Pelt is making a mess of Congressional early on Friday, picking up his second-straight bogey to open his round to fall from the lead to one stroke behind three others.
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Update #1: 7:28 a.m. EDT
A day after an eagle at the par-4 1st hole, Bo Van Pelt 3-putted from 50 feet to pick up bogey and fall back into a tie for the lead with Jimmy Walker, Brendon de Jonge and Vijay Singh.
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Tiger Woods fires 72 in first round
Tiger Woods returned to the field at AT&T National for the first time since 2009, and finished the first round T-30 at 1-over 72. Bo Van Pelt set the first-round lead at Congressional with a 4-under 67. Tracker.
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Bo Van Pelt survives tough first day
Bo Van Pelt holed out from the fairway for eagle and kept bogeys off his card for a 4-under 67. Story.
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