Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 71

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 71

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 71

Tiger Woods began the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Thursday at The Northern Trust with an even-par 71.

It was a ho-hum day for Woods, who is not in a bad position through 18 holes.

We followed his opening round, shot by shot, below:

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 480 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:25 p.m. ET): This driver is NUKED way down the right-center. He put something into that and it’s his best drive all day.

APPROACH SHOT (12:32 p.m. ET): This one from 188 yards … it barely catches the right side of the green but that ends up good! It kicks left after it lands and takes a little slope toward the hole. This finishes about 12-15 feet right of the cup. That’ll be a fast birdie look to shoot 1-under 70.

ON THE GREEN (12:38 p.m. ET): That one was always a little left. But it’s an easy two-putt par. This is an even-par 71. Not bad on Day 1.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 71 (T-36)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 468 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:10 p.m. ET): Tiger seemed to like it, but this driver does land just in the left rough. The ball stays there, too.

APPROACH SHOT (12:15 p.m. ET): A terrible lie there, and Tiger does well to play a big cut that finishes about 10-15 yards in front of the green in the fairway. That will leave an interesting pitch over a mound. Would be a huge par save if he can get it.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:19 p.m. ET): That’s just OK. This ball grabs and stops about 6-7 feet short of the cup. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (12:23 p.m. ET): That one caught the left side of the cup and dropped. An important par save to remain even.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 17 (T-37)

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 232 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:57 a.m. ET): This is OK, as it finishes 40-50 feet below the hole on the green. You can’t go long here, so that is just fine.

ON THE GREEN (12:03 p.m. ET): Pretty good effort there. Always a little left, but good speed. He leaves himself two feet for par, which he indeed cleans up.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 16 (T-37)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 445 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:39 a.m. ET): Driver here for TW and this one is a miss to the right. This will find the rough over there. Not ideal.

APPROACH SHOT (11:45 a.m. ET): Tiger did not like this one at all. This ball shoots out right and actually gets lucky to finish right of the green. It could’ve hit a big tree in the way and come up well short. Still, he’ll have his work cut out for par.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:48 a.m. ET): That actually ended up in a greenside bunker. His result from there is pretty average, as this ball finishes a good 10 feet short of the cup. That left to save par.

ON THE GREEN (11:52 a.m. ET): That one was always low and left. Not a fun bogey. Back to even par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 15 (T-38)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 436 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:23 a.m. ET): That’s a stinger fairway wood that finds the right side of the fairway. He leaned a bit on that one, but this ends up just fine.

APPROACH SHOT (11:30 a.m. ET): That’s OK and won’t be a problem. This finishes about 25 left and beyond the pin. That should be an easy two-putt par from there.

ON THE GREEN (11:36 a.m. ET): Tiger gunned that 20-footer a good 4 feet by the cup. The comebacker does go right in, though, so he does avoid a bad three-putt bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 14 (T-29)

Hole No. 3: Par 5, 594 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:06 a.m. ET): Tiger actually scales back to fairway wood on this long par 5. That does indeed find the fairway on the right side.

APPROACH SHOT (11:11 a.m. ET): He takes a fairway wood from 301 yards and this is a mighty lash that finishes in the fairway maybe 10-20 yards in front of the green. Great shot, a fantastic chance to get this up and down for a bounceback birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:16 a.m. ET): Pretty average there. This pitch comes up a good 10-15 feet short. Birdie is still in the cards, possibly. But he wanted to be a lot closer than that.

ON THE GREEN (11:20 a.m. ET): Buried it. That looked like it was in the whole way from 12 feet as it took the left-to-right break perfectly. A nice bounceback birdie. He’s now four back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 13 (T-28)

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 193 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:54 a.m. ET): That was an aggressive swing, but this is a touch too long. Lands about 10 feet beyond a back flag and barely trickles into rough just beyond the green. He’s probably no more than 20 feet from the hole, but this could be a delicate chip if the ball is sitting down.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:57 a.m. ET): That lie was awful, Tiger jabs at it and this one launches out. The ball lands 4-5 feet short of the hole but has no brakes and races some 10 feet by the cup. Not his best, but that was a tough shot from that lie. He hit a good tee shot, a bit unlucky to be left with that difficult a chip.

ON THE GREEN (11:01 a.m. ET): Nope. That had enough pace but missed to the left. He taps in, but that is a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 12 (T-35)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 380 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:40 a.m. ET): A fairway wood here and this gets a twirl. Pristine down the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (10:44 a.m. ET): Just awful. Had a great look from 113 yards and somehow flies the green with this wedge. That leaves him having to navigate a tricky up and down when he probably would’ve expected to be within 10 feet for birdie with a nice strike.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:47 a.m. ET): That is how you recover. He lands this about 15 feet short of the cup and it releases and rolls all the way to 18 inches short of the cup. This will be a par.

ON THE GREEN (10:50 a.m. ET): Yep, nice par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 11 (T-19)

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 458 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:19 a.m. ET): That was a dead pull immediately with the driver. Horrible swing, but it gets far left enough to be in a bare lie. He’s amongst trees, but if he has an alley, he could get away with this one.

APPROACH SHOT (10:26 a.m. ET): From that bare lie, Tiger needed to play a sizable draw. He hangs this out a little but finds the right side of the green. This looks to be 40-50 feet from the hole. Quite acceptable after how he hit that drive.

ON THE GREEN (10:35 a.m. ET): He was actually inside 30 feet but that putt was never hard enough. Leaves this a good 3 feet short. He does clean up that remainder for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 10 (T-17)

Hole No. 17: Par 5, 581 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:01 a.m. ET): This is another driver that lands in the far right side of the fairway and sticks there. A nice drive and he should be able to go for this in two.

APPROACH SHOT (10:05 a.m. ET): He had about 295 yards and takes a fairway wood. The aggressive plays works out, as this lands and finishes a few yards in front of the green. A simple eagle chip up the hill with plenty of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:12 a.m. ET): That was pretty. Landed that about 10 feet short of the cup and had some zip on it to slow it down. This ball rolls inches left of the cup and scurries past 2-3 feet. Excellent shot, had a chance to go in and leaves himself a 99 percenter for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (10:16 a.m. ET): Yep, rolls that right in. After eight straight pars, we have a birdie! That’s 1-under 35 in his first nine holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 9 (T-18)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 428 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:47 a.m. ET): A nice driver here that finds the right side of the fairway. This ball actually hits in the fairway and comes back a yard or two. That’s how soft these fairways are.

APPROACH SHOT (9:50 a.m. ET): That’s a solid approach that lands and sticks about 15 feet under the cup. That will be one of his better birdie looks so far Thursday.

ON THE GREEN (9:56 a.m. ET): That one was always a little low and right. So far Tiger has been OK, but there are birdies out there and he’s not getting them. Another tap-in two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 8 (T-32)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 142 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:36 a.m. ET): OK, solid shot. Tiger gets this one to finish about 25 feet right and below the hole. Still, it’s another example of early distance control issues from TW today.

ON THE GREEN (9:42 a.m. ET): That just did not have enough pace. That one finishes 6 inches right and below the cup. The par train continues. Tiger is five back of leader Hideki Matsuyama, by the way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 7 (T-32)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 419 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:18 a.m. ET): Fairway wood here and this is perfect down the middle.

APPROACH SHOT (9:25 a.m. ET): Really not his best. This comes up short and right. Barely hangs on to the front of the green. That’ll leave 50+ feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (9:32 a.m. ET): That first putt up a slope from long range finishes about 3-4 feet short of the hole. Nice effort, and he cleans up from there for a two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 6 (T-30)

Hole No. 13: Par 5, 617 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:57 a.m. ET): Another driver, and finally a fairway! He looked at it in concern for a long time as that hugged the line of the fairway left, but it stays in the short grass on the extreme left side. It’s about 300 yards out there, not sure if he can go for this in two or not.

SECOND SHOT (9:04 a.m. ET): That is indeed a lay up. Tiger doesn’t like this one, but this ends up just fine on the right edge of the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (9:09 a.m. ET): This wedge was better than the last one, but only by default really. Still not his best effort as this finishes about 20 feet left and beyond the cup.

ON THE GREEN (9:12 a.m. ET): A nice effort, but that just sneaks off to the left. That’s a tap-in two-putt. Another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 5 (T-21)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 283 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:39 a.m. ET): A drivable par 4, but Tiger goes conservative. He plays an iron down the right side of the fairway. That’ll leave a wedge in.

APPROACH SHOT (8:46 a.m. ET): That was terrible. Lands this 15 feet left and short of the pin, and that ball spins back and trickles all the way off the front of the green. It may’ve rolled all the way into a bunker. Yikes.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:51 a.m. ET): Didn’t get into the bunker, but maybe even worse as that ball ended up in a bad, awkward lie in the rough. Tiger does well to jam this chip about 8-9 feet left of the cup. Another early tester for par.

ON THE GREEN (8:53 a.m. ET): Another great putt. That one drops in the left side of the cup. Tiger is working hard but getting pars.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 4 (T-18)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 219 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:31 a.m. ET): There we go! Tiger flies this right at the flag and this lands 6 feet past and sticks there. That will leave a great birdie look from just beyond the hole.

ON THE GREEN (8:36 a.m. ET): That was actually an 11-footer beyond the hole and it’s well-struck but the ball starts just left of the cup and stays there. Tiger is flummoxed, as he read that to come back a little right and it never did. Good opportunity missed.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 3 (T-18)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 472 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:10 a.m. ET): Another hole, another driver miss left. Not a big miss by any means, as this is only a few yards in the rough. But yeah, not what he’s wanted from the big stick so far.

APPROACH SHOT (8:16 a.m. ET): He was on a big upslope in the rough from 189 yards and yells for it to get down. That’s because he didn’t want it to reach the left front bunker. It does indeed come up short of that. This ball finishes about 10 yards short and left of the green in the fairway. Honestly, a very good leave. That should be a very simple chip.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:21 a.m. ET): That was pretty mediocre. This checked up a little quickly and the ball finishes 6 feet below the hole. Still a good chance to save par, but you would’ve expected that chip to get to kick-in range or close.

ON THE GREEN (8:24 a.m. ET): That was a smooth stroke and the ball creeps in the right-center. A good early par putt right there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (T-14)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 460 yards

OFF THE TEE (7:55 a.m. ET): OK, an opening driver … and this is an opening pull into the left rough. Not a great start.

APPROACH SHOT (8:03 a.m. ET): He actually had a good lie over there from 160 yards, and that ends up OK. He yells for this to go and he’s right. The ball lands in the first cut of rough just in front of the green and stays there. That puts him 25 feet short of the hole and he could putt that. If not, it’s a simple chip.

AROUND THE GREEN (8:07 a.m. ET): That actually got to the fringe, and Tiger putts this and it’s a good stroke that is just a little low. The ball curls right of the hole and finishes maybe a foot away. This will be a tap-in par.

ON THE GREEN (8:08 a.m. ET): Indeed, par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (T-8)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at No. 9 at 7:54 a.m. ET. Before he starts, here’s a look back at his Wednesday:

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