Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 70 at Quicken Loans National

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 70 at Quicken Loans National

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 70 at Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods opened in a hard-fought but rough Even-par 70 at the Quicken Loans National.

We followed his opening round, shot by shot. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 461 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:40 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and this is lost wayyyy right. It goes right of the cart path and is in rough right of the cart path. It’s actually in a trampled down lie it looks, so a nice break.

APPROACH SHOT (5:49 p.m. ET): The lie was indeed trampled down, good break. From there, Tiger lands this one on the back of the green and the ball bounds over into fairway area down a slope a little. It’s not a tough chip/pitch from back there, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:53 p.m. ET): Tiger putts this one actually, and he judges that expertly. He’ll have a couple feet for par.

ON THE GREEN (5:55 p.m. ET): Tiger cleans up for an opening 70.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 70 (T-52)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 190 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:30 p.m. ET): Another solid strike. This one finishes 15 feet left of the cup. Another good birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (5:34 p.m. ET): Nope, this one was always left.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (T-53)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 417 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:18 p.m. ET): An iron for Tiger here and this is just what he wanted. Well down the fairway here.

APPROACH SHOT (5:22 p.m. ET): Now Tiger’s approach game is heating up. He lands this one from 139 yards about 10 feet beyond the cup and spins it 8 feet right of the cup. Great chance again to get back to Even par.

ON THE GREEN (5:27 p.m. ET): The early walk on, and this one falls in the right side of the cup. Another birdie, and this is officially a late surge.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (T-54)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 475 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:02 p.m. ET): A driver here for TW, and this one is LAUNCHED. A perfect drive down the fairway that catches a downslope, too. It is WAY down there, maybe 350.

APPROACH SHOT (5:07 p.m. ET): It’s coming on for Tiger, better late than never! This is a wedge that finishes maybe 6-8 feet right of the cup. Another great birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (5:11 p.m. ET): Yikes. That was an ugly putt that was easily right the whole way. That TaylorMade mallet is not working out too well today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 15 (T-71)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 302 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:48 p.m. ET): A 3-wood for Tiger here and it comes up just short of the green, but that is a great play. He is maybe five yards short of the surface in fairway and will have an uncomplicated 25-yard pitch for eagle.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:55 p.m. ET): There we go! Tiger plays a great pitch that he lands left on a slope some 20 feet short of the hole. The ball then rolls forward and right and curls 2 feet under the cup. He should tap that in soon for his first birdie of the day.

ON THE GREEN (4:57 p.m. ET): Yep, we have a birdie!!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 14 (T-76)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 353 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:31 p.m. ET): An iron off the tee here and it’s perfectly down the fairway. He’ll have a wedge in for his approach.

APPROACH SHOT (4:37 p.m. ET): He flights this one lower and this is well done. The ball stops about 10 feet beyond the pin and spins back a little. It looks like 7 feet beyond the hole for birdie. This is definitely his best birdie look all day, even if he’s putting downhill.

ON THE GREEN (4:42 p.m. ET): Oof. He misses that low and left. Nothing looks good today really. Just a poor round so far.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 13 (T-92)

Hole No. 12: Par 3, 169 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:20 p.m. ET): A nice 8-iron from Tiger that ends up about 10 feet right and short of the cup. His first good birdie look in a while.

ON THE GREEN (4:29 p.m. ET): That was a right-to-left swinger and that was just the tiniest bit low. Not a bad putt, but he needed a bit more on that line for it to drop. An easy par, but Tiger is still birdie-less.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 12 (T-91)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 470 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:03 p.m. ET): The wheels have totally come off on Tiger’s driving. He takes iron and misses well right, with his ball bounding into the gallery. Looks like that’s in pinestraw amongst trees. We’ll see.

SECOND SHOT (4:08 p.m. ET): Maybe fortunate once again, Tiger was under a tree (restricting his backswing) and in rough. He was forced to wedge out and lay up, but his tee shot could’ve ended up anywhere. Instead, he wedges out and will have a third shot from the fairway. At worst should make bogey.

THIRD SHOT (4:12 p.m. ET): Let’s not give up on the par! Tiger stuffs this one from 146 yards about 5 feet below the cup. He’ll have that short putt for a fantastic par save.

ON THE GREEN (4:17 p.m. ET): That’s a gutsy par. Tiger buries that in the right-center and that could be a round-saving 4.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 11 (T-90)

Hole No. 10: Par 5, 556 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:47 p.m. ET): Uh oh. Tiger takes iron off the tee and drops the club at the end of the follow through. This is a big pull that sees the ball possibly bound into a marsh hazard. It’s possible he’s in the rough, but not likely. Tiger appears to be in trouble on this hole.

SECOND SHOT (3:53 p.m. ET): Tiger got lucky. His ball did end up in the marsh hazard, but it was playable. All he can do is chop this out maybe 50-75 yards forward down the fairway, which he does. That leaves a long third shot, but this could’ve been so much worse.

THIRD SHOT (3:55 p.m. ET): Your classic 245-yard third shot and Tiger leaks this a little too far right. It ends just right and short of the green in the rough. With a right-front pin, this will be an extremely delicate, short-sided chip.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:01 p.m. ET): That was NIFTY. Tiger made that look so easy as the ball tracks toward the hole and just curls off left and finishes inches from the cup. Terrific.

ON THE GREEN (4:03 p.m. ET): A tap-in par, indeed.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 10 (T-91)

Hole No. 9: Par 3, 176 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:37 p.m. ET): Good distance control with the 9-iron here, but this is about 25 feet right. It leaves him mid-range birdie putt.

ON THE GREEN (3:43 p.m. ET): Oh did he make a good run at that, but the ball just rolls by on the right. He taps in for par and a 2-over 37.

Stats: 3/7 fairways, 7/9 GIR and 16 putts

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 9 (T-93)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 477 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:19 p.m. ET): This is another 3-wood and it’s not bad. It lands in the right side of the fairway, but bounds into the rough on that side. Not clear if it’s just in intermediate or in primary, but the lie looks pretty good.

APPROACH SHOT (3:25 p.m. ET): That ball was just on the edge of the intermediate – barely touching the primary – so the lie was good and Tiger took advantage. He knocks an 8-iron about 15 feet beyond the cup. A decent birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (3:32 p.m. ET): A total misread, as this ball misses well right and runs 2-3 feet past. He does clean up for par, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 8 (T-94)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 443 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:03 p.m. ET): A 3-wood here and another less than ideal drive. This one isn’t quite as wild, but his ball does land and hop just in the right rough. Not good.

APPROACH SHOT (3:09 p.m. ET): That was not a great lie, but Tiger hacks this one out from inside 140 yards to about 40-50 feet left of the pin. That’s a good result from that lie in the right rough to a right pin.

ON THE GREEN (3:16 p.m. ET): A great lag here that finishes a foot short of the cup. That’s a nice tap-in par after the disaster at the sixth.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 7 (T-97)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 479 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:44 p.m. ET): A driver, and this is his first poor one. Awful swing that see him go one-hand finish immediately. His ball flies wayyyy left and we’re not sure where it landed. Hopefully somewhere in the rough over there, but we’ll let you know when we’re sure.

APPROACH SHOT (2:49 p.m. ET): Wow, as it turned out, Tiger’s ball failed to reached the fairway, as it hit tree and kicked out right. Tiger is in walkway from tee box and it looked like he took 3-wood from there … and the ball comes up short in a hazard. It’s a marsh hazard, though, so it’s possible it’s playable from there.

FOURTH SHOT (2:53 p.m. ET): Tiger’s ball appeared to end up in some 3-foot tall weeds, so he takes an unplayable penalty and drops his ball a way’s back in the rough (he’s forced to as he never cleared the hazard). After his drop, Tiger digs this one out and the ball lands left of the green and finishes just on the edge. He’ll have a 30-foot putt from just off the green for bogey.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:59 p.m. ET): Tiger putts this one about 4 feet short of the cup. That leaves a hard slider for double.

ON THE GREEN (3:01 p.m. ET): That was a tough putt and Tiger trickles it in dead center. All that does is avoid a triple bogey, though. A disastrous hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 6 (T-97)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 372 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:25 p.m. ET): An iron off the tee here goes right down the middle. Like seriously in the middle.

APPROACH SHOT (2:35 p.m. ET): Ooooh, that was pretty. Tiger lands this just past the cup and the ball spins 10 feet under it. That’ll be his first really good birdie look today.

ON THE GREEN (2:38 p.m. ET): That was not a great putt. It finishes low, left and long. Bad stroke with too much speed. He only leaves himself 18 inches maybe and taps in for par. But that was an opportunity missed.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (T-43)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 442 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:11 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driving iron for the first time and he plays a pretty, low draw that sees the ball land in the fairway and roll forward and left. The ball trickles into the first cut on the left side, but that is a good drive.

APPROACH SHOT (2:17 p.m. ET): Another OK but not great approach shot. This 175-yard shot is probably a full club short, but with a back pin, Tiger is still on the green. Maybe 40 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (2:22 p.m. ET): It’s a 35-foot left-to-right slider that Tiger makes a good run at but gets just a little bit high. The ball misses an inch left of the cup and goes 3 feet by. Tiger cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (T-41)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 232 yards

OFF THE TEE (2 p.m. ET): There was a bit of a wait on this tee. Tiger doesn’t appear bothered, as he hits a safe shot about 30-40 feet left and short of the hole. That should be a simple two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (2:06 p.m. ET): The gauging of putting distance is a bit of adjustment for us today. That was actually a 52-footer that he leaves 4 feet left and short. This is the first test of his putter today, and he passes. Tiger walks in the remainder for a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (T-40)

Hole No. 2: Par 5, 635 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:34 p.m. ET): Another driver, another beauty. This goes down the right-center, lands on a downslope and goes another 30 yards forward and a bit left basically in the dead-center of the fairway. If it’s far enough down there (it might be) it’s possible he could go for this in two.

SECOND SHOT (1:43 p.m. ET): Well, Tiger’s driver went far, but he had 326 yards for his second. So he takes out iron and lays up into the fairway. A simple wedge third is coming.

THIRD SHOT (1:46 p.m. ET): That was odd. Tiger had 146 yards left and he lands this one at the back of the green and it hops over into the rough. Not a hard up and down from there, but that was a mediocre approach.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:49 p.m. ET): What touch! Tiger lands this chip about 15 feet short of the cup and it rolls all the way to the edge of the cup and stops an inch short. So he almost holed it! At the very least, it’s tap-in.

ON THE GREEN (1:49 p.m. ET): Tiger taps in for par. An OK start thus far.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (T-37)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 437 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:22 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and that’s launched down the middle. Beautiful.

APPROACH SHOT (1:27 p.m. ET): From 142 yards, that’s an OK shot. Tiger takes this about 20 feet left and short of the pin. That’ll give him a decent look. But this was a green-lighter that he could’ve gotten close.

ON THE GREEN (1:31 p.m. ET): Remember, Tiger is going with the TaylorMade mallet rather than his usual Scotty. This first effort doesn’t drop, but it’s a good putt that had a chance. It just rolled by on the right and finished a foot past the cup. Solid stroke, great speed, easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-36)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 1:20 p.m. As our Dan Kilbridge notes, it appears TW is indeed going with the mallet putter…

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