Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 72 at The Players

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Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 72 at The Players

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Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening-round 72 at The Players

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here!

Follow Tiger Woods as he plays alongside Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in Thursday’s opening round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass with our Tiger Tracker live blog:

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 462 yards

Off the tee: Iron draws right into the water. Oh no…

Second and third shots: After a penalty, Tiger has 270 yards left. He hits his third long and right of the green.

Around the green: Nasty downhill lie and well above the green. Tiger hits a decent bump-and-run and will have about 12 feet left for bogey.

On the green: Makes the bogey. Nice putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 18

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+2), Mickelson (+7)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 137 yards

Off the tee: While Rickie and Phil both find the water, Tiger nearly went in before them. But Tiger’s ball ends up on the back fringe. It will be 65 feet back to the hole from there, but at least he’s dry.

On the green: Great lag. Well-earned par for TW.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+2), Mickelson (+7)

Hole No. 16: Par 5, 523 yards

Off the tee: Tiger crushes a drive here.

Second and third shots: Great looking shot from about 250 yards as it hits the green and takes a nice line toward the hole. However, it just catches the slope wrong and rolls off the back-left side of the green. Tough chip upcoming. Tiger putts it from off the green and the ball has perfect speed despite having to travel well uphill in the fairway cut.

On the green: Tap-in birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+5)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 470 yards

Off the tee: Tiger misses right again. Fairway bunker.

Approach shot: Terrible lie right against the lip. Tiger can’t reach the green and is forced to lay up on the par 4.

Around the green: From about 25 yards, Tiger pitches to 6 feet.

On the green: Uh oh. Tiger misses the short par save. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 15

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+3)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 481 yards

Off the tee: Tiger goes driver and, yes, misses in the right rough.

Approach shot: “Get down!” Tiger catches a flier out of the rough and goes long. Going to be a tough up-and-down coming up as Tiger is short sided.

Around the green: Tiger hits a decent chip and will have 15 feet coming back.

On the green: Great read! Fist pump! Par!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+1), Mickelson (+2)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 181 yards

Off the tee: Tiger waiting a little as he tries to judge the wind. Pays off. Great line and the ball lands just past the hole. Unfortunately, the slope catches it a little and Tiger will have about 40 feet for birdie instead of what looked like 20 feet.

On the green: Tough left-to-right breaker uphill, but Tiger gives it good speed. It ends up a little right of the hole, but Tiger is able to clean up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (E), Fowler (+1)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 302 yards

Off the tee: This green is drivable, but Tiger lays up with iron, and perfectly.

Approach shot: Just a low flip wedge here from 58 yards and Tiger hits it close.

On the green: Birdie putt from 3 feet drops.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 12

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (E)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 558 yards

Off the tee: Tiger misses right with driver again. Pine straw.

Second and third shots: Tiger skies a wedge out of the straw and has about 120 yards left after the layup. Tiger then wedges short of the hole and barely catches the green.

On the green: Tiger has 25 feet left and he gives it a nice roll. Settles for par after missing right.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 11

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+1)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 424 yards

Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron and misses in the left fairway bunker.

Approach shot: Tiger goes long from the sand and his ball bounces just through the green and onto the fringe.

Around the green: From 60 feet, Tiger will putt this one. After Rickie chips to tap-in distance, Tiger comes up short with his roll.

On the green: From 7 feet, Tiger saves par. That was a big momentum saver.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 10

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+2)

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 583 yards

Off the tee: The last time Tiger hasn’t made a birdie or better on TPC Sawgrass’ front nine was Round 3 of the 2012 Players. With that said, Tiger hits a nice one with driver down the fairway.

Second and third shots: Wow. ShotLink had that one at 348 yards, and it ran through the fairway and into the intermediate cut. He has a go at this one from 240 yards with iron and his ball lands on the front of the green before rolling past the back hole location and just onto the back fringe. From 18 feet, Tiger putts this one and DRAINS IT!

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 9

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+2)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 237 yards

Off the tee: Tiger is the only player to find the green here, but he’s still 30 feet past the cup.

On the green: Two-putt par after a nice lag.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 8

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (+1), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 451 yards

Off the tee: TPC Sawgrass demands players find the fairway, but Tiger has done little of that so far. He misses in the right rough with fairway wood here.

Approach shot: Tiger hits the green and will have about 25 feet for birdie.

On the green: Good speed but a tad right on the birdie try. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 7

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (+1), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 393 yards

Off the tee: Doesn’t need driver here. Tiger smartly goes with a stinger iron and hits it up the left side of the fairway.

Approach shot: Just 101 yards left. From a good angle. Tiger wedges it tight, starting it a little left and letting the wind take it back to the hole. The ball lands just past and check up about 10 feet away.

On the green: Not much to this. Maybe a little inside 10 feet. Maybe a little right. Tiger gives it a nice roll, but it scares the front of the hole and misses right. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 6

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (E), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 471 yards

Off the tee: Tiger back with driver and misses right again. Gets a great break as he misses the water and the sand. His ball is sitting up nicely in the rough.

Approach shot: Tiger misses the green right and is short sided.

Around the green: Tiger has a rough lie in the rough. He’s trying to flop this in there and leaves it about 10 feet short of the cup.

On the green: The par save slides by just right and Tiger’s knees buckle. Another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 5

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (E), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 384 yards

Off the tee: After two right misses off the tee with wood, Tiger goes iron and draws into the heart of the fairway.

Approach shot: From 136 yards, Tiger hits it right at the flag. His ball lands about 20 feet short of the hole and checks.

On the green: Two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 4

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (-1), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 177 yards

Off the tee: Tiger comes out of this one a little early and misses the green right.

Around the green: Tiger’s chip comes to rest about 5 feet from the hole. He’ll have another tester to save par.

On the green: This time, Tiger pulls his par putt. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 3

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (-1), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 2: Par 5, 532 yards

Off the tee: Tiger plays it safe with 3-wood, but it doesn’t matter. He flares it right into the pine straw. Could be tree trouble.

Second and third shots: Yup. He’s right behind a tree and has to chip out. Not a great start off the tee for TW. From just inside of 250 yards, Tiger hits his third onto the front part of the green. Not a bad recovery there and Tiger will have 50 feet or so left for his birdie.

On the green: Tiger leaves his long birdie try about 5 feet short and he’ll have a tester here. And he makes it. Dead center. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 2

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (-1), Fowler (E)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 423 yards

Off the tee: After watching Phil miss the fairway left and Rickie pipe one down the middle, Tiger goes with driver and finds the right rough. The ball is sitting up, though.

Approach shot: Will be hard to go right at that front-left pin, so Tiger plays it safe and wedges to about 28 feet.

On the green: Great line, but it stops about a foot short. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 1

Tiger’s group: Mickelson (E), Fowler (E)

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