Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 72 at Memorial

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 72 at Memorial

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 72 at Memorial

Tiger Woods is back in action at the Memorial Tournament for his final start ahead of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock.

Here is a shot-by-shot recap of Woods’ even-par 72 in Round 1 at Muirfield Village.

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 413 yards

OFF THE TEE: Driving iron here and the pesky left miss has returned after an extended mid-round absence. Tiger now in the thick rough again and will end the round on a workman-like note.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger lays up short of the water running in front of the green. Definitely the smart play there as he looks to get up and down to cap this round with par.

AROUND THE GREEN: He had 62 yards in and spun a really solid approach shot in there below the hole. Will be a wildly impressive 72 if he can finish off this par considering he was 4 over through 7. If you’re wondering how anyone could make142 consecutive cuts on Tour, it’s days like today. That kind of start would send a lot of guys home for the weekend, and Woods figured out a way to keep it in the low 70s and give himself a chance on Friday.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger converts from six feet for par to card an even-par 72. Really gutsy stuff to turn things around after shooting 39 on his front nine.

TIGER’S ROUND: Even-par 72 (T-36)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE: Safe. Put it on a good line, well short of the flag but on the green. That’ll work.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger had 37 feet for birdie and it rolled off line right at the end. Cleans that up for par entering the final hole of what has been a wild round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: E thru 17 (T-30)

Hole No. 7: Par 5, 566 yards

OFF THE TEE: Smokes another one into the fairway. Tough to straighten out the driver mid-round but Tiger seems to have done just that after a brutal start. Looking for a third consecutive birdie here to get back to even par.

APPROACH SHOT: Facing 260 into the front of the green, Tiger comes up short with 3-wood and ends up in a right greenside bunker. Still a good chance to get up and down for birdie here.

AROUND THE GREEN: That’s just about perfect. Lofts a bunker shot in there and he’s about to tap in for birdie to get back to even par on the day. Heck of a fight from Tiger, who was 4 over earlier in the round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: E thru 16 (T-30)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 433 yards

OFF THE TEE: First driver twirl of the day! Crushed that one and still fighting for a score near even par, something we’ve seen time and time again from Tiger when he’s struggling out there. Definitely been a struggle in Round 1 but train hasn’t gone off the rails yet.

APPROACH SHOT: Silky. Checked that approach just short of the flag for his best birdie look of the day.

ON THE GREEN: Drills it. Back-to-back birdies and Tiger is now 2 under on the back nine. Seen a bit of everything thus far.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +1 thru 15 (T-49)

Hole No. 5: Par 5, 520 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger pulls out the driving iron and seems pretty pleased with it. Middle of the fairway and finally has a chance to birdie one of these par 5s.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger nails the green from 242 yards out, aggressive line and long of the flag. First time he’s taken advantage of a par 5 all day and he’ll have about 50 feet for eagle.

ON THE GREEN: Eagle putt was On a good line but just completely died before the hole. Leaves himself with a sketchy downhiller for birdie to cash in and avoid a second straight 3-putt. Got it to go for his third birdie of the round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +2 thru 14 (T-47)

Hole No. 4: Par 3, 187 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another good mid-iron from Tiger here and he lands it pin high, leaving about 20 feet for his birdie putt. Still has two par 5s to play on the front nine so that’s a smart play.

ON THE GREEN: Not even close on the birdie try, off on the line and distance. Left himself about seven feet for par and missed that one too, so it’s a momentum-killing, three-putt bogey in what has been a morning for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +3 thru 13 (T-51)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 405 yards

OFF THE TEE: Fifth fairway in a row and Tiger is humming along just fine now. About 133 yards out. In other news, the PGA Tour Live truck is apparently without power at Memorial. So we’ve got no live coverage right as Tiger is starting to turn things around. Brutal timing but we’ll keep you posted on every shot right here.

APPROACH SHOT: Coverage is back and Tiger just made his first mistake in a few holes. Had a wedge in his hands about 133 yards out and sailed his approach over the green into the rough. Big time missed opportunity there when momentum was totally on his side.

AROUND THE GREEN: Not Tiger’s best from there and he has a little bit of work left to save par.

ON THE GREEN: In for par, good up and down but still a missed opportunity from the fairway. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +2 thru 12 (T-48)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 443 yards

OFF THE TEE: Alright, we’ve got something cooking now. Another good swing with a 3-wood and the fourth fairway in a row for Tiger. Let’s see if he can take advantage and try to salvage a score somewhere around even par over the next eight holes.

APPROACH SHOT: Just like that, Tiger looks completely dialed in. Roughly 150 yards out and he sticks it to seven feet. Another good birdie chance coming up.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger drills this one for another circle on the card! Things are looking up.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +2 thru 11 (T-47)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another good one for Tiger off the tee and he’s suddenly a fairway-finding machine with three in a row. Looks like he’ll have about 174 yards into the green.

APPROACH SHOT: Didn’t like it off the club but the end result isn’t too bad. Little long and left and it’s sitting up just on the fringe. Gonna be a tough birdie try but nothing too damaging. Big picture this is still pretty discouraging on a gettable course. More than half of the morning wave is at even par or better, with young Beau Hossler charging to the early lead at 6 under through 13.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger gives it a run with a wedge from just off the green. Perfect pace but misses just a little to the left. No-sweat par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +3 thru 10 (T-54)

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 483 yards

OFF THE TEE: Another beauty as Tiger hits the fairway with 3-wood. Really good swing there. Perhaps all is not yet lost.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger into the center of the green and will have another decent look at a birdie before the turn. That’s four good swings in a row for those keeping score at home.

ON THE GREEN: No dice on the 14-footer for birdie and Tiger will settle for a tap-in par. Played the par 3s and 4s at even, but a bogey and a double on the par 5s have him behind the eight ball.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +3 thru 9 (T-55)

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 472

OFF THE TEE: Alright, Tiger settles down with a solid 3-wood here. In the middle of the fairway. Had a stellar warm-up session according to PGA Tour Live and viewers everywhere know how easy it can be to lose one’s swing on the long, treacherous walk from the range to the first tee.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger sticks it in there from 177 and has another chance to change the momentum before the turn. Desperate for any sort of spark right now, and Justin Rose and Jason Dufner aren’t exactly lighting it up either. Mojo running dangerously close to empty in the featured pairing.

ON THE GREEN: BANG! Tiger hits from mid-range for a huge birdie. He was dangerously close to shooting himself out of this thing early, and that went a long way toward salvaging the round with 10 holes left.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +3 thru 8 (T-57)

Hole No. 16: Par 3, 210 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger misses long to the back bunker. Not doing himself any favors this morning. Gonna need another up and down for par here.

AROUND THE GREEN: Wasn’t much Tiger could do with that one out of the bunker, tough spot to miss. He played it just about perfectly but still has work to do to save par.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger lips out from 6 feet, looked good but golf is a cruel game. Peeled away right at the end. That’s another bogey and this round is getting away from him in a hurry.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +4 thru 6 (T-58)

Hole No. 15: Par 5, 529 yards

OFF THE TEE: Uh oh. Tiger pulls driver and misses way right. Slammed his club into the ground immediately after and took a healthy divot out of the tee box. Looks like it went into the hazard and Tiger just hit the fairway with his provisional. Not good.

FOURTH SHOT: From 236 yards out, Woods’ iron shot misses short and ends up in a right greenside bunker. Needs to get up and down out of there for bogey now. Full grind mode at 10 a.m. on a Thursday.

AROUND THE GREEN: Decent bunker shot from Tiger and he has a short, uphill putt now to save bogey on a hole where he should have been able to get back to even on the day. Going the wrong direction.

ON THE GREEN: Ugh. Tiger misses from 7 feet and he’s in for a double bogey at 15. Pretty shocking to see him play the par 5s at 3 over on the back nine to start his round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +3 thru 6, (T-57)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 370 yards

OFF THE TEE: Hey hey! Tiger stripes it down the middle with an iron for his first FIR of the day. Should be a good look into the green with a chance to get something going here.

APPROACH SHOT: Nicely played from 147 out. Lands it left of the flag, away from trouble, and spins back to pin high. Looking to change the early momentum with a birdie here.

ON THE GREEN: Tons of break on that 14-footer for birdie and Tiger can’t get it to fall. Would have been nice to get back to even on the day but that was tougher than it looked at first glance. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +1 thru 5 (T-40)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 447 yards

OFF THE TEE: Yikes. Tiger finds a fairway bunker with 3-wood, and all three of his tee shots have now missed to the left. Hitting fairways in regulation was the biggest thing that sparked his 65-69 weekend at the Players Championship, and he had been trending in the right direction there since Quail Hollow. Not the case today.

APPROACH: About 140 yards out and Tiger again is able to get it out of the fairway bunker and into the center of the green, just as he did at 10. Actually looks to have a decent birdie try here after another missed tee shot.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger goes long on his 20-foot birdie attempt, not doing himself any favors on the green thus far. Another par and zero mojo to speak of. Lot of golf left.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +1 thru 4 (T-44)

Hole No. 12: Par 3, 177 yards

OFF THE TEE: Oh yeah. Just a nice, easy short iron for Woods there and he sticks it pin high to about 15 feet. Has a chance to make up for that bogey at 11 in a hurry.

ON THE GREEN: No dice. Really quick downhiller that slid past the hole. Thought he would at least scare the hole a bit with Dufner giving him a really good read, but it’s a tap-in par and on to the next.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +1 thru 3 (T-44)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 571 yards

OFF THE TEE: Iron off the tee for Tiger and he misses left again, this time in the rough. So 0/2 FIR isn’t the way he wanted to start, and a good birdie opportunity now becomes a tough par given where his tee shot ended up. Thick rough and no look anywhere close to the green.

SECOND SHOT: Just a simple punch-out here, didn’t really have a chance to do anything else. PGA Tour Live also having a few issues this morning, feed was interrupted for Tiger’s tee shot on 11.

APPROACH SHOT: About 260 to the hole and 240 to the center of the green, Woods comes up short and possibly in the water hazard? Can’t tell yet but either way this is not the start Tiger wanted.

AROUND THE GREEN: Looks like Tiger did end up in the hazard and will have to drop. He ended up chipping it close from 50 yards out and will have maybe 3-4 feet for bogey.

ON THE GREEN: Alright, Tiger drains his bogey putt and we’re on to No. 12. Tough start but that could have been worse after such a costly miss off the opening tee.

TIGER ON THE DAY: +1 thru 2 (T-39)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 466 yards

OFF THE TEE: Tiger pulls 3-wood and misses left off the first tee. He’s in a fairway bunker about 160 yards out. Swing didn’t look too bad. Going with the white-on-gray look today in Dublin, Ohio, where it sounds like rain is in the forecast.

APPROACH SHOT: Excellent stuff. Good angle on PGA Tour live showed how tricky the shot from the bunker was, with the ball way below the lip, and Woods got it up and over to the center of the green from 160 out. He’s looking at 42 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Great lag put from 42 feet, put it on a good line and left it just a hair short. He’ll tap in for a good opening par with a par-5 on deck.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-13)

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