Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 71 at Quail Hollow

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 71 at Quail Hollow

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 71 at Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods is back in action!

The 14-time major champion opened the Wells Fargo Championship with an Even-par 71.

We followed his entire first round shot-by-shot below. Catch up with what you may’ve missed…

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 474 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:46 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood but flails this one right in the fairway bunker. Not great.

APPROACH SHOT (5:50 p.m. ET): Oh. My. Tiger takes 8-iron from inside 180 yards and this is awesome from that bunker. The ball takes a high hop but then checks and finishes about 8 feet beyond the hole. Great chance to close with birdie.

ON THE GREEN (5:56 p.m. ET): That one finishes low and left, and he needs to make a 3-foot comebacker to make par. He does just that. An interesting day for TW, definitely a few left out there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 71 (T-37)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 183 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:33 p.m. ET): Not a great swing, but Tiger is safe at this troubling par 3. He misses the front of the green right. That’ll be a 20-yard chip but plenty of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:38 p.m. ET): Tiger putted from there, and this one comes up a good 15-20 feet short. This could be a brutal second consecutive bogey.

ON THE GREEN (5:43 p.m. ET): Tiger never gives up. He drains that one for a HUGE par. He stays Even par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (T-39)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 513 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:12 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driver here and this is a nice one down the left side. The ball trundles into the first cut on the left, but he has to be down there about 340, and his lie will be fine.

APPROACH SHOT (5:20 p.m. ET): Tiger took an 8-iron from 174 yards and played a HUGE draw that works out quiet well. The ball lands beyond the hole and about 15 feet right, but with the hook, it funnels left and finishes about 15 feet right behind the hole. Decent look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (5:25 p.m. ET): Tiger for birdie … he wraps that through the break. It misses on the right and runs 3 feet by … and oh no, he misses that! A terrible three-putt bogey. That par putt hit the left lip and rimmed out. Wow.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (T-40)

Hole No. 15: Par 5, 560 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:52 p.m. ET): Tiger rips a driver right down the center. That is way down there, maybe 230 yards in.

APPROACH SHOT (4:57 p.m. ET): Tiger may not take advantage of this drive. He goes well right from a downhill lie from 227 yards and will have a very tough up and down from the right rough to a front-right pin.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:01 p.m. ET): Wow that was nifty. Tiger lands it short of the green and it hops and rolls about 3 feet past the cup. That’s what’s left for a birdie to move to 1 under.

ON THE GREEN (5:04 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed cleans up. A great birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15 (T-28)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 325 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:36 p.m. ET): Tiger goes bullet draw with a 3-wood, but the ball drifts left in a front greenside bunker. He has a decent chance to get that up and down for birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:42 p.m. ET): Tiger hits a nifty one to 4 feet from that bunker. A great birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (4:47 p.m. ET): Oh no! Tiger pushes this one, and the ball lips out on the right edge. Yikes. That’s a disappointing par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 14 (T-36)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 208 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:22 p.m. ET): This one is flailed out a bit right but finishes roughly pin-high and 25 feet right of the hole.

ON THE GREEN (4:27 p.m. ET): Tiger makes a good run at that one, but it just misses low and left. That’s a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13 (T-37)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 446 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:04 p.m. ET): This is a beauty of a 2-iron stinger down the right side of the fairway about 300 yards. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (4:08 p.m. ET): Tiger takes pitching wedge from 150 yards, and this is a nice shot. The ball hops around a bit but comes to rest about 12 feet beyond the cup. A good look to get back in red numbers.

ON THE GREEN (4:16 p.m. ET): Wow, Tiger killed that one through the break. He played plenty of right-to-left, but the ball didn’t take most of the break and ran about 3 feet by. He did make that comebacker for par, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12 (T-37)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 468 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:48 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driver and this one is a little too far left. Couldn’t tell if it was bunker or rough, but either way not great.

APPROACH SHOT (3:54 p.m. ET): Indeed that tee shot went in the bunker. From 168 yards, Tiger hits a low one that ends up fine, some 35 feet left and beyond the hole.

ON THE GREEN (3:57 p.m. ET): Tiger left that one out on the right. It went a little long, too, but his cleanup was from 2 feet. So it was a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11 (T-35)

Hole No. 10: Par 5, 592 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:28 p.m. ET): Another par 5 bunker off the tee. Tiger went driver and came yards from carrying the left bunker at 305 yards, but the ball plops in. It could be near the lip. Almost certainly a lay up from there.

SECOND SHOT (3:32 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed lays up from that bunker. He’s in the fairway and has roughly 150 yards for his third.

THIRD SHOT (3:37 p.m. ET): This was just a bad swing. Tiger tried to play a draw and came out of it. This led to the ball finishing short and right of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:41 p.m. ET): Not bad. Tiger plays a spinner that rolls about 6 feet short of the cup. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (3:44 p.m. ET): Oof. Tiger misses that one on the right and this is a tough bogey to swallow. Those on a par 5 are killers.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10 (T-36)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 505 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:08 p.m. ET): He’s feeling it now. Tiger takes driver, carries it nearly 300 yards in the fairway and the ball rolls and finishes on the right side of the fairway. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (3:14 p.m. ET): Tiger from 178 yards lands this about 5 feet short and left of the hole but it takes huge hop forward. That’s fine, as the ball settles about 15 feet beyond the cup. A decent look for three straight birdies.

ON THE GREEN (3:20 p.m. ET): A good putt, but the ball just stays right of the cup. No three straight birdies. Oh well. A solid front nine. Stats: 4/7 fairways, 7/9 GIR and 15 putts

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9 (T-23)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 337 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:55 p.m. ET): Tiger takes iron out on this short par 4, and it’s perfectly down the fairway. Looks like he wanted a full wedge in for his second.

APPROACH SHOT (3 p.m. ET): Tiger doesn’t like this wedge at all, and he pulls this about 30 feet left of the hole. So his disgust was with good reason.

ON THE GREEN (3:03 p.m. ET): Oh yeah, baby! Tiger drains that 27-footer. Back-to-back birdies and in red figures for the first time.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 8 (T-20)

Hole No. 7: Par 5, 553 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:31 p.m. ET): Tiger finally has a par 5 to play, and he might not take advantage. A driver here ends up in the left fairway bunker.

SECOND SHOT (2:40 p.m. ET): Tiger thought about going for it, but the ball was sitting down in the bunker and he decided to lay up. He does well, as he puts it back in the fairway. He’ll have a wedge in.

THIRD SHOT (2:45 p.m. ET): A nifty wedge there from Tiger, as he coaxes that 120-yard shot inside 9 feet. Good birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:48 p.m. ET): BOOM. Birdie. Tiger rolled that right in, and now he’s back to even.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (T-40)

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 195 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:18 p.m. ET): Tiger goes 7-iron here and while he liked it, this ball drifted a bit left and came up short in the front-left bunker. This may be a tricky up and down, as he might be short-sided.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:21 p.m. ET): Plugged lie and short-sided, no problem. Tiger simply opens the face, and this ball lands softly and finishes about 5 feet under the hole. A great out and chance to save par.

ON THE GREEN (2:25 p.m. ET): Drain-o. Tiger gets this one to drop and that’s a huge par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 6 (T-74)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 441 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:59 p.m. ET): Tiger takes a 3-wood, and this is a beauty down the middle. A-plus there.

APPROACH SHOT (2:05 p.m. ET): Tiger takes sand wedge downwind from 129 yards and this ball lands just short of the cup, takes a couple big hops and then stops about 15 feet beyond the cup. Decent birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (2:09 p.m. ET): That was … just not very good. That putt dove way low and right, maybe some 18 inches. He taps in for par, but Tiger wants birdies.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 5 (T-65)

Hole No. 4: Par 3, 167 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:47 p.m. ET): This one from Tiger isn’t bad but comes up just short of the green. The pin is back, so he has plenty of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:51 p.m. ET): Tiger takes putter from the front fringe here and this is an OK lag from 60 feet up a hill. The ball finishes about 7 feet short, that left for par.

ON THE GREEN (1:54 p.m. ET): That 7-footer for par from Tiger just slips over the left edge. He cleans up the remainder, but that is a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 4 (T-62)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 482 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:26 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and he leans, but the ball lands in the right side of the fairway and bounces straight forward over a hill. That one is beautifully down the right side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (1:34 p.m. ET): Not a great shot after a terrific drive. But from 165 yards, this ball harmlessly finishes about 30 feet right of the hole and just under pin-high.

ON THE GREEN (1:39 p.m. ET): Tiger played a lot of right-to-left break on this one, but he misread that. The ball hangs out about a foot right, but great speed and it’s a tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (T-28)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 452 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:07 p.m. ET): Tiger takes a driving iron out off this tee and he looks at it for a long time. That’s with good reason, as he pulls this one into the left rough by a few yards. He may have to carve one around some trees for his second.

APPROACH SHOT (1:14 p.m. ET): Tiger looks so comfortable so far. He had to play a low draw to ensure he didn’t any trees, and this ball lands short of the green, hopes forward and trundles about 20 feet below the cup. Perfectly executed, TW.

ON THE GREEN (1:19 p.m. ET): Tiger did not hit a good putt from there. Always low and right and runs maybe 3 feet by. He does avoid a bad three-putt bogey, though, as he coaxes in the comebacker.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (T-27)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 492 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:52 p.m. ET): Tiger is off! He liked this one with the driver, which is odd because the ball trundled into the left fairway bunker. He’s nowhere near the lip, though, so it should be a clean look for his approach.

APPROACH SHOT (12:57 p.m. ET): LOL. Tiger launches this one right at a tucked left flag and the ball lands some 10 feet beyond the pin, hops forward and spins back a touch. About 12 feet beyond the hole for a a birdie. What a great shot.

ON THE GREEN (1:03 p.m. ET): That was deceiving, it was actually a 19-footer. Tiger hits a solid lag putt, but that never had a chance as it came up short and right. But that’s a simple par on a long par 4. Solid start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-23)

Pre-round

Yeah it is!

Tiger is on the range!!

Tiger doesn’t tee off until 12:50 p.m. ET. While we wait, here’s some great insight on how he looked Wednesday…

Wells Fargo Championship Tracker

UPDATE No. 3 (6:45 p.m. ET): John Peterson eagles Nos. 7 and 8, and he rockets to 6 under. A closing par at No. 9 (he started his round at the 10th) means a 6-under 65 and he leads by two.

UPDATE No. 2 (6:18 p.m. ET): Here’s where we stand at the moment. Several tied for the lead, and even more just one back. The round is not over yet, though.

McIlroy is one of those in the group one back at 3-under 68.

UPDATE No. 1 (11:12 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are both feeling it right now. Rors is 3 under through 13 and Lefty is 2 under through 12.

T.J. Vogel holds the lead at 4 under (through seven), so strong starts for those two stars!

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