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

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

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

Tiger Woods began his week at the Dell Technologies Championship on Friday with an opening 1-over 72.

It was another ho-hum round that has Woods looking more toward the cutline than the lead entering Saturday’s second round. Still, he’s nowhere near out of this.

We followed his opening round, shot by shot. Catch up below:

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 464 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:43 p.m. ET): This driver is no good, as this one is flared out to the right. It ends up into the rough and may’ve reached the gallery, which would be good because that’s where the trampled down stuff is.

APPROACH SHOT (1:49 p.m. ET): Tiger hates this one, as it flies left and long. Not a good shot from a good lie, but this ball just trickles into light rough beyond the green. Leaves a chip with plenty of green to work with to a front pin. Still a good chance to save par.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:54 p.m. ET): That is a nice chip that releases out and finishes about 4 feet short and left of the cup. That will be for par and an opening 72.

ON THE GREEN (1:58 p.m. ET): Yep, got it. Well his putter and driver were great today. Everything else … not so much. A 72 doesn’t take him out of it by any means, but you’d want a bit better.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over 72 (T-51)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 190 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:32 p.m. ET): And this one is blocked to the right. This misses the green and either went into a bunker or rough right of the green. If he has a halfway decent lie over there, this is a manageable up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:37 p.m. ET): Yeah, that was terrible. Just got well under it and this ball barely landed on the green. It takes a slope left and finishes a good 30 feet left and short of the cup. That wasn’t the easiest short game shot, but that was bad.

ON THE GREEN (1:39 p.m. ET): Oh wow, he drained that! That putt was over a ridge and it just held up enough on the left-to-right break and fell in the right side. That putt was as good as that chip was terrible. In the end, it’s a great up and down for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 17 (T-42)

Hole No. 7: Par 5, 581 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:11 p.m. ET): This driver is once again in the fairway. This one should’ve gotten far enough for Tiger to go for this green in two.

APPROACH SHOT (1:16 p.m. ET): We are dancing! Tiger plays a lower-flight fairway wood from 256 yards and this ball just sneaks through a sliver toward the left side of the green, hops on and rolls about 40 feet beyond the cup. Not really a realistic look at eagle, but a fantastic chance for a two-putt birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:26 p.m. ET): That one actually got to almost 65 feet and this first putt is not terrible as Tiger runs it 7 feet by. He then drains the comebacker for a birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 16 (T-40)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 474 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:53 p.m. ET): Tiger takes a fairway wood and hates it. This is a pull left reminiscent of his opening tee shot. This one ends up in the rough, so it’s not as bad. But this continues an odd trend of Tiger being significantly more accurate with the driver of late than fairway woods.

APPROACH SHOT (12:58 p.m. ET): Tiger comes up short with this one. There’s a hazard in front there, but Tiger does appear to be safe over it. He does indeed miss the green short, though, and will have a long pitch for his third. Plenty of green to work with to the back pin, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:02 p.m. ET): This is a good chip that finishes about 7 feet right and just beyond the cup. That left for a par with a par 5 coming up.

ON THE GREEN (1:06 p.m. ET): And that one just slides by on the left. He had perfect speed but the line was slightly off. He’s made a lot of those putts today, but he wasn’t going to make them all.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 15 (T-41)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 468 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:36 p.m. ET): He likes that driver, which is a good one that finishes in the left side of the fairway. That’s ideal right there.

APPROACH SHOT (12:41 p.m. ET): An aggressive line at this left pin and Tiger tugs this just a little. The ball lands in the left rough about 10 yards beyond the flag. Could be a tricky chip, we’ll see.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:45 p.m. ET): Well, that is exactly what you want there. Tiger chips this beautifully, as the ball lands on the green and runs out before stopping 6 inches in front of the hole. For a second it looked like the ball might reach the cup for a chip-in. It’ll be a tap-in par instead.

ON THE GREEN (12:48 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for par.

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

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 279 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:20 p.m. ET): A drivable par 4 and Tiger takes out a fairway wood to go for it … and this is nicely done. The ball comes up a few yards short of the green and rolls down a hill a few yards farther away. All in all, though, he’s got a very doable 15-20 yard pitch for eagle from the fairway.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:28 p.m. ET): He takes putter from down there and this is just OK. The ball comes up the slope and reaches the green but stops a good 8 feet short of the cup. Still a good birdie look, but he really could use that one.

ON THE GREEN (12:30 p.m. ET): Got it! He started walking toward the cup before it even dropped. That was dead-center. Nice birdie, and an important one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 13 (T-30)

Hole No. 3: Par 3, 213 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:03 p.m. ET): The distance control for Tiger has improved in recent holes. It shows here as this one is a little left but the distance is spot on. This ball lands on the front of the green, rolls and finishes 20 feet left of the cup pin-high.

ON THE GREEN (12:10 p.m. ET): Not a bad putt in terms of speed, but this one was always right. Tiger cozied that a foot right of the cup and taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 12 (T-40)

Hole No. 2: Par 5, 535 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:42 a.m. ET): That’s Tiger’s first poor driver of the day. This one he hangs out to the right and that appears to bury in deep rough. There’s a water hazard guarding in front of this green, so unless Tiger gets a really good lie over there somehow, he is laying up.

SECOND SHOT (11:48 a.m. ET): He does lay up from the rough and this one is just fine. He’ll have a wedge third from the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (11:52 a.m. ET): This wedge from 119 yards is pretty. Tiger actually takes off the backspin and that allows the ball to land pin-high, hop a few feet forward and stop 4-5 feet beyond the cup. A great birdie look to move back to 1 over.

ON THE GREEN (11:58 a.m. ET): That is an important opportunity missed. Three straight easier holes (including two par 5s) and Tiger goes par-par-par. This putt he started outside right and the ball did turn left but not enough. This just missed the cup on the right side and trickled a foot by. It’s a disappointing par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 11 (T-39)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 357 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:26 a.m. ET): That drive is a rocket down the right side of the fairway. It’s 250+ down there, which means a wedge second.

APPROACH SHOT (11:32 a.m. ET): Wow, that was bad. Tiger lands this 15 feet beyond the pin from 91 yards, it takes a huge hop forward and doesn’t spin back. The ball thus trickles into some light rough beyond the green some 40-50 feet from the pin. He shouldn’t have much trouble from there, but from 91 yards in the fairway, that approach was a brutal result.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:35 a.m. ET): Tiger actually putted this as the ball just stayed in the fringe rather than light rough. This ball seemed it would come up a good 6+ feet short but kept tricking and finishes 3-4 feet below the cup. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (11:39 a.m. ET): He does indeed clean that up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 10 (T-44)

Hole No. 18: Par 5, 538 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:03 a.m. ET): Driver for Tiger finds the middle of the fairway. Beautiful, he’ll be able to go for this one in two.

APPROACH SHOT (11:11 a.m. ET): Tiger takes a fairway wood from 248 yards and tries to play a huge cut. This one does cut but only a little and lands on the way left side of the green and bounds into collection area over the green. That’ll leave a 15-20 yard shot for his third. Plenty of green to work with, though.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:16 a.m. ET): That was pretty mediocre. This one runs out but stops a good 10 feet short of the cup. Still a good chance at back-to-back birdies, though.

ON THE GREEN (11:19 a.m. ET): Nope. That seemed well-struck but it started left and just started breaking right too late. This ball grazes the left edge and trickles by. Good opportunity missed, but simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 9 (T-41)

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 417 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:44 a.m. ET): Tiger takes iron off the tee and this is just fine down the right side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (10:48 a.m. ET): And this is pretty nice. Tiger lands this 10 feet right of the cup pin-high and it releases beyond the hole but curls back a bit and left because of a slope. This one ends up about 12 feet beyond the cup. This is easily Tiger’s best birdie look the entire round.

ON THE GREEN (10:54 a.m. ET): There we go! That left-to-right putt rolls into the right side of the cup. And we’re on the board with a birdie!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 8 (T-42)

Hole No. 16: Par 3, 185 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:32 a.m. ET): Tiger seemed to like that one, but it’s just a bit too far. This ball lands 10 feet beyond and right of the pin and hops over the green into the rough. That will leave a very tricky short-sided chip. Another bogey could be on the way.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:36 a.m. ET): Tiger tried to get cute with this one, as he had to play a mini-flop and land this just on the green to get this close. Well, he got under it too much and this one stays in the rough. He’ll have an easier chip for his third, but now he needs to get up and down just to save bogey.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:37 a.m. ET): He bumps this second chip, and this is average at best as this simple one runs 4-5 feet by. That’s what remains for bogey.

ON THE GREEN (10:40 a.m. ET): Tiger does drain that one just fine. But it’s another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over through 7 (T-46)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 407 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:14 a.m. ET): This driver finds the right side of the fairway. His work with the big stick is still going strong.

APPROACH SHOT (10:19 a.m. ET): Tiger’s approach play has been lackluster at best. He gets aggressive at this one but this ball lands 20 feet short of the hole and just below a false front. The ball lands on that false front and appears to roll all the way off the front of the green. That could leave a tricky chip. Just a poor approach considering he had a wedge in from the fairway.

AROUND THE GREEN (10:22 a.m. ET): A pretty nice chip here that finishes 2-3 feet from the cup. Should be a par.

ON THE GREEN (10:25 a.m. ET): A bit of an optical illusion there, as this putt was actually almost 6 feet. All the same, Tiger gets the par putt to drop. This one snuck in the left edge, but it does fall. This has been a poor start, but Tiger’s putter has been saving him from true disaster.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 6 (T-44)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 499 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:58 a.m. ET): Tiger plays a draw with this driver, and this is REALLY good. Just blasted down the middle and this races another 50 yards down a hill from where it lands. That’s way down there in the fairway. Great stuff.

APPROACH SHOT (10:04 a.m. ET): This one is OK. Tiger places this about 25 feet left and below the hole. Again, not bad but you would kind of want him to hit that a little closer. Should be a par at worst.

ON THE GREEN (10:12 a.m. ET): That was a terrible putt really. It was always a good foot or so left. Decent speed, so this finishes about 2-3 feet from the cup. Tiger cleans up from there for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 5 (T-44)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 455 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:40 a.m. ET): Tiger takes a driver here and this is a beauty down the left-center of the fairway. That is ideal.

APPROACH SHOT (9:45 a.m. ET): Tiger hates this one. Turns around in disgust immediately and he should. He pulls that one, and this ball flies into a left greenside bunker with the pin tucked left. That will be an incredibly difficult up and down as he’s short-sided and appears to be on a bit of a downslope.

AROUND THE GREEN (9:49 a.m. ET): He had NOTHING there. Not only on a downslope, he also had to take steep swing as the back lip was only feet behind his ball. That meant he had to play a lower shot which sees the ball race across the green into the rough on the other side. Now he has to get up and down for bogey.

AROUND THE GREEN (9:51 a.m. ET): This chip is solid, and this ball scares the cup on the way by. It rolls about 5 feet past. That left for bogey.

ON THE GREEN (9:53 a.m. ET): Yep, drain-o. Tiger’s putting looks really solid early. Unfortunately, some loose shots are really costing him. Another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over through 4 (T-46)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 516 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:20 a.m. ET): That’s better! Tiger blasts this one down basically the center of the fairway. This is about 300 yards down there and perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (9:26 a.m. ET): This one was on a good line but comes up a little short. The pin is back, so short means he’s on the green about 35 feet from the cup. Expect another two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (9:31 a.m. ET): A good putt here, but this comes up maybe a foot short. But yeah, an easy par. That’s totally fine on this monster of a hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 3 (T-24)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE (9:12 a.m. ET): This should be a better hole. Tiger hits a solid one that lands 20 feet right and beyond the pin and trickles to about 25 feet from the cup. That should be a two-putt par. An outside look at birdie.

ON THE GREEN (9:15 a.m. ET): That was CRUEL. Tiger hit a great putt that trickled right on line but took a weird push right late. It still looked like the putt would fall in the right side, but the ball hit the cup and lipped out. That easily could’ve gone in and probably deserved to. But it will be a par. The good news is that putter switch looks really good so far.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 2 (T-22)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 434 yards

OFF THE TEE (8:52 a.m. ET): And … we’re off to a terrible start. He takes what looks like a 3-wood and he pulls that a good deal. That gets into some really high grass, and by that we mean hazard grass. Tiger could have trouble finding that one. If he does, he will do well to pitch this out back into the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (8:56 a.m. ET): We already have a penalty drop. Tiger had to take an unplayable out of that hazard grass. He drops into the rough nearby and plays a smart shot. From 164 yards, this one does not challenge a tucked left pin. It lands on the right-center of the green and just runs through to some rough over the green. Great lie, and a pretty simple up and down from there with plenty of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (9:02 a.m. ET): The lie was a little trickier than we thought. Tiger is forced to play a bit of a flop, but he does so just fine as this finishes 4 feet beyond the pin. That’ll be a huge putt to avoid an opening double.

ON THE GREEN (9:06 a.m. ET): Tiger has that new putter in use and it does wonders there. He walks that right in. Not an ideal start, but a bogey is SO much better than an opening double.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 1 (T-21)

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