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Tracker: Tiger fires 73; Palmer leads in Phoenix

The day may have started in anticipation for Tiger Woods’ first competitive round of 2015, but it was Ryan Palmer who stole the spotlight at TPC Scottsdale.

Palmer fired a bogey-free 7-under 64 in the first round of the Phoenix Open to take a one-shot lead over Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Daniel Berger, who didn’t finish his first round due to darkness.

Woods struggled early, but managed to gain some momentum on the back-nine ending the first round with a 2-over 73.

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Look back as we took you shot-by-shot through Tiger’s round and more highlights from the Phoenix Open:

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Update No. 12, 7:48 p.m. ET:

Play has been suspended due to darkness and will resume Friday morning at TPC Scottsdale.

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Update No. 11, 7:48 p.m. ET:

Ryan Palmer finishes his first-round in sole position of the lead at the Phoenix Open. Palmer shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale. His round included five birdies and a single eagle. As of now, he will take a one-shot lead over Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Daniel Berger into the second round.

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Update No. 10, 7:29 p.m. ET:

Some players remain on the course in Scottsdale, Ariz. Justin Thomas is one of them and he is 3 under through 15 holes. He has two top-10 finishes to start 2015.

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Update No. 9, 7:06 p.m. ET:

With a birdie at No. 3, Daniel Berger had joined Ryan Palmer in top of the leaderboard. The former Florida State standout is in his second year as a pro and a rookie on the PGA Tour. In 2014 on the Web.com Tour, Berger has one runner-up finish, two top-three finishes and two other top-10s.

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No. 18, Par 4, 442 yards

Off the tee: Woods’ last tee shot of the day finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach: Woods found the green and left himself a makeable birdie.

On the green: Two-putt par.

Tiger on the day: 2 over

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No. 17, Par 4, 332 yards

Off the tee: An excellent shot from Woods, and he’s left with just about 20 feet to the hole.

On the green: He left his eagle opportunity just short and made birdie.

Tiger on the day: 2 over

Elsewhere on the course: With back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, Ryan Palmer has gotten to 7 under and is the new leader.

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No. 16, Par 3, 163 yards

Off the tee: Woods came out of the tunnel and stepped onto the 16th tee to whistles and relatively quiet cheers from the crowd. The noise ramped up considerably when he got to address, and Woods backed off the ball two times. At least he got in on the green – front left.

On the green: A lag putt draws another round of boos. Woods knocked in his par putt.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Er, elsewhere on the hole, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth both made birdie.

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No. 15, Par 5, 553 yards

Off the tee: This hole should be reachable, so maybe Woods tried to hit it extra hard with his driver. Regardless, he hit another shot way right.

Approach: Woods uses an iron to put himself back in play, and pitches onto the green from about 100 yards.

On the green: Two putts, another par

Tiger on the day: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Shift an eye to young Daniel Berger. The former Florida State player has five consecutive birdies from No. 13-17. Add a birdie at No. 11 and Berger is 6 under through eight holes.

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No. 14, Par 4, 490 yards

Off the tee: The swing looked more confident, at least. Woods bounced through the right side of the fairway, but he’s not very far into the rough.

Approach: Woods, nearly 200 yards from the green, pulls a 6-iron. He is short and left.

On the green: Woods had to find his way out of a greenside bunker but he did, and left himself with 5 feet. He tapped in for par.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

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No. 13, Par 5, 558 yards

Off the tee: Woods aimed at the middle of the fairway, hit the left side of the fairway. That’s progress.

In the fairway: A beautiful long-iron shot gets Woods to within inches of the hole and sets up an eagle.

On the green: Woods taps in for his first eagle in competition since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

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No. 12, Par 3, 192 yards

On the tee: Woods used 6-iron and found the left edge of the green.

On the green: From about 30 feet, two putts for par.

Tiger on the day: 5 over

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Ryan Palmer has hit the 16th hole. Why is that notable? Click here to find out.

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No. 11, Par 4, 472 yards

Off the tee: The right miss continues. There’s water on the left side of this hole, so Woods launched one way to the right.

Approach: The ball had landed on a clumb of greenery and in a sandy lie, and Woods didn’t catch it clean as he attempted to punch out. It caught a tree and dropped straight down. Still not in the fairway.

Third shot, cactus problems. But Woods punched out and landed on the green.

On the green: A two-putt bogey, and it could have been a lot worse.

Tiger on the day: 5 over

Elsewhere on the course: In Woods’ group, Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth aren’t exactly playing inspired golf either. Reed, however, birdied the 11th to get back to 1 over and Spieth parred to remain at 1 under.

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No. 10, Par 4, 428 yards

Off the tee: Tiger Woods hit a driver well right again, next to a group of spectators.

Approach: He had a short wedge shot in the rough and hit the green. But there’s a long way to go for birdie.

On the green: Tiger lags it close and taps in for par.

Tiger on the day:4 over

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No. 9, Par 4, 453 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits his 3-wood right, with the ball landing just outside of a bunker. He’ll have the ball above his feet and his stance in the sand.

Approach: With an awkward stance and a buried ball, Tiger hits a solid shot short of the green.

Around the green: He hits the short pitch shot thin and through the green. He putts back onto the green, leaving a short putt.

On the green: Tiger taps in for bogey for a 4-over 39 on the front.

Tiger on the day: 4 over

Elsewhere on the course: Since he made two birdies on his first four holes, Jordan Spieth is 3 over. He played the front nine in 1-over 36.

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No. 8, Par 4, 475 yards:

Off the tee: Tiger Woods misses to the left and finds the waste area once again.

Approach: He finds the green from an unlikely spot, just next to the cart path.

On the green: Tiger nearly holes the 25-footer, but will have to settle for par.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Palmer, who plans on handing out some cash this week, put his 240-yard approach at the par-5 13th to less than 2 feet. He makes eagle and moves to three under through four.

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Here’s a look at Tiger’s early-round struggles:

No. 7, Par 3, 215 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits the heart of the green with a 5-iron, his second green in regulation through seven holes.

On the green: The 30-footer doesn’t go, but Tiger is able to tap in for par.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

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No. 6, Par 4, 432 yards

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Off the tee: Tiger splits the fair way, leaving himself a short iron into the green.

Approach: Once again, Woods comes up short of the green on his approach. He’ll have to chip.

Around the green: He opts for the putter about 10 yards off the green. It doesn’t have a chance, but cozies up for a short look at par.

On the green: Tiger rolls it in for par.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Patrick Reed hit his tee shot way right, but hit the green with a nice approach and poured in the birdie putt. He’s 1 over through five.

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No. 5, Par 4, 470 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits his tee shot to the left side, hitting the light rough. He’ll have about 150 yards into the green.

Approach: He hits the green, leaving himself a mid-range look at birdie. No chips needed.

On the green: The putt sneaks into the hole; he makes birdie for the first time in 2015.

Tiger on the day: 3 over

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson recovered from a 3-over-through-six start to card a 2-under 69.

“It was a good, solid round at 2 under, but to get there I had some work to do,” Mickelson told the Golf Channel. “I’m happy to get to 2 under par. I didn’t do any damage.”

Jordan Spieth hit his tee ball out of bounds on the par-4 fifth. Spieth missed a 17-footer for bogey and made double, heading back to even par.

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No. 4, Par 3, 183 yards:

Off the tee: Tiger misses the green on his approach, leaving himself about 50 feet to the hole.

Around the green: Another mishit around the green for Tiger, who leaves his chip shot short of the green. He putts from off the green and misses a bid for par.

On the green: Woods missed the short bid for bogey and makes double.

Tiger on the day: 4 over

Elsewhere on the course: Jordan Spieth hits a 5-footer for birdie on the par-3 fourth, moving to 2 under.

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No. 3, Par 5, 558 yards:

Off the tee: Tiger opts for driver this time, missing to the right once again. The ball lands in the waste area at TPC Scottsdale.

Approach: Tiger hits his second shot, with about 230 yards in at the par 5, up toward the green, but off in another waste area about 30 feet away from the hole.

Around the green: Tiger’s first pitch comes up short of the green. His second goes to about 3 feet.

On the green: Tiger cleans up the 3-footer for par.

Tiger on the day: 2 over

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson carded a 5-under 66, sitting one shot behind leaders Keegan Bradley and Robert Streb. Johnson hit 17 greens in regulation and played the back nine in 3 under.

Jordan Spieth made a birdie on his first hole, but was unable to capitalize with another on the par-5 third. He’s 1 under through three.

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No. 2, Par 4, 442 yards:

Off the tee: Drills a 3-wood to the right side of the fairway, leaving himself a short iron in to the green.

Approach: Tiger comes up well short on his approach, leaving himself another chip shot.

Around the green: Tiger hits his shot past the hole, leaving himself about 10 feet for par.

On the green: Tiger misses his par putt, making his second bogey in as many holes to start.

Tiger on the day: 2 over

Elsewhere on the course: Keegan Bradley could be in store for a fantastic weekend. Bradley could see his beloved New England Patriots win the Super Bowl and win a trophy for himself. He leads along with Robert Streb at 6 under through 17 holes. Streb has four top 10s in his past six starts, including a win at the McGladrey Classic.

Rickie Fowler carded a 1-under 70 after playing the front nine in 3 under 33.

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No. 1, Par 4, 408 yards:

The wait is over. Tiger tees up on the first hole alongside Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, playing in his first event in 2015.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a 3-wood off to the right, but in play.

Approach: Tiger hits from the dirt on the right side and comes up short of the green. He’ll have to chip on his first hole.

Around the green: Tiger chips up to about 10 feet. He’ll need that for par on the short first hole.

On the green: The par attempt comes up short. That will be a bogey for Tiger Woods on his first competitive hole of 2015.

Tiger on the day: 1 over

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Update No. 8, 1:45 p.m. ET:

Since making a double bogey on No. 15, Phil Mickelson has made three birdies and climbed back to even par through 14 holes.

Mickelson’s playing partner, Rickie Fowler, is trending in the opposite direction. Fowler doubled the par-4 fifth after hitting a wayward tee shot and into a greenside bunker, among other areas that are not the hole. He’s at 1 under.

Robert Streb and Graham DeLaet are among the golfers playing well in the first round, reaching 5 under and 4 under, respectively.

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Update No. 7, 1:30 p.m. ET:

Keegan Bradley bogeyed his 10th hole of the day, but railed off three straight birdies afterward to move to 5 under through 13.

Bradley trails Shawn Stefani, who’s birdied six of his past nine holes to reach 6 under. Stefani birdied the 16th after sticking it to 4 feet.

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Update No. 6, 12:20 p.m. ET:

Keegan Bradley, who made his 2015 debut with a T-48 finish last week at Humana, went bogey free in his first nine holes. Bradley is atop the leaderboard at 3 under, along with Bo Van Pelt, Shawn Stefani and William McGirt. Rickie Fowler fell back to 2 under after three-putting the first hole – his 10th – for bogey.

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Update No. 5, 12:05 p.m. ET:

Before making par at the 16th, Phil Mickelson found plenty of trouble on the 15th. The lefty hit the water twice on the par-5 15th en route to a double bogey. He bounced back with his first birdie of the day two holes later. He’s 2 over on the day.

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Update No. 4, 11:43 p.m. ET:

Rickie Fowler, the leader at 3 under par, hit the green on the famed 16th hole, but he did not leave himself much of a chance at birdie. Fowler two-putted for par from more than 40 feet.

Phil Mickelson did the same from a little less than 30 feet.

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Update No. 3, 11:25 p.m. ET:

Hunter Mahan is stuck at 1 over par with his playing partner Phil Mickelson. He may be getting a slap in the face soon, as he’s hit four of his first five greens in regulation but has no birdies to show for it.

After a birdie at 13, Rickie Fowler finds himself among a group of six tied for the early lead at 2 under. That group includes Jamie Donaldson, Zach Johnson, Bo Van Pelt, Angel Cabrera and James Hahn.

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Update No. 2, 10:50 p.m. ET:

Rickie Fowler stuck his approach on the par-3 12th to about 15 feet, but was not able to convert for a birdie. He and Phil Mickelson made par at Nos. 11 and 12.

Jamie Donaldson, who helped Europe secure the Ryder Cup in 2014, is off to a hot start. The Welsh golfer made birdies on the first and third holes and is 2 under through three.

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Update No. 1, 10:20 p.m. ET:

Tiger Woods will not tee off until 2:07 p.m. ET, but Phil Mickelson is already out on the course, about a two-hour drive away from his alma mater, Arizona State.

Mickelson had a rough start, making a bogey on the par-5 10th hole. Here’s the rundown from Adam Schupak, who is on the scene:

Mickelson hit a greenside bunker from there and failed to get up-and-down for par.

Rickie Fowler, who is playing in a group with Mickelson and 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open champ Hunter Mahan, birdied his first hole thanks to an approach that set up a 10-footer for birdie.

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