In his first professional round in Mexico, Tiger Woods started off shaky Thursday at the WGC-Mexico Championship with a double-bogey on the first hole.
He rebounded shortly after, birdieing holes 4-6 to get to 1-under. He gave that shot right back on No. 8 to make the turn at even par on a day where he should’ve shot much lower.
Another bogey on No. 13, followed by a birdie on No. 15 lead to Woods’ even par 71 at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.
The altitude change may have been the cause for Woods’ problems, but it certainly wasn’t an issue for leader Rory McIlroy (-8) or Justin Thomas (who cranked a 400-plus yard drive on No. 12).
Here’s a shot-by-shot recap of Woods’ opening round in Mexico.
Hole 18: Par 4, 381 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:37 p.m.): Tiger goes with one final low-flying stinger iron to end his Thursday and this one is safely in the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (6:41 p.m.): He hit this one right into the sun so he couldn’t see it, but he’s pin-high on the green, right of the pin that’s tucked away to the left.
ON THE GREEN (6:44 p.m.): From 20 feet, Tiger played a lot of break and leaves it a few feet short. He’ll clean that up for par to end a lackluster round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par 71.
Hole 17: Par 3, 147 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:28 p.m.): Tiger’s pitching wedge misses the green right. Just awful effort there on a hole he needs to score on.
AROUND THE GREEN (6:31 p.m.): Tiger chips this one but he’s well short of the cup. After a confident run in the middle of his front-nine, Tiger’s just been out of sorts on the back.
ON THE GREEN (6:34 p.m.): From 12 feet, Tiger rolls it right in from the left edge. Great save for TW.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17.
Hole 16: Par 4, 403 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:15 p.m.): Another iron here on No. 16 and his post-swing twirl was just as nice as the shot. He’s in the fairway to the left, and should have a good angle at the pin from there.
APPROACH SHOT (6:18 p.m.): Tiger missed this one right of the green. He’s among the gallery and will need to get up-and-down to save par from there.
AROUND THE GREEN (6:23 p.m.): Tiger flopped this one onto the green, and it took a little kick to the left, but no damage down with the hop.
ON THE GREEN (6:25 p.m.): He cleans up the four-footer for par. Moving on.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16.
Hole 15: Par 5, 575 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:57 p.m.): Tiger smoked this one down the middle. Great shot.
APPROACH SHOT (6:03 p.m.): 3-wood went for it in two, but Tiger’s approach went a little long and finds the rough just off the green.
AROUND THE GREEN (6:08 p.m.): Not bad there for Tiger, who really opened the club-face on this one and let it run right at the hole. He’ll have six feet to get back to even.
ON THE GREEN (6:11 p.m.): He rolls that one in for a much-needed birdie to square up his round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 15.
Hole 14: Par 4, 497 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:43 p.m.): Tiger didn’t hold back here, bombing this one down the right side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (5:48 p.m.): Another conservative shot here finds the green, but he’s right of the pin, just inside 30 feet.
ON THE GREEN (5:52 p.m.): No dice again for Tiger on the back-nine. He’s birdie-free since his three in a row run.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over thru 14.
Hole 13: Par 3, 207 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:24 p.m.): Another real conservative play here from Tiger, who lands his tee shot on the green, left of the pin.
ON THE GREEN (5:31 p.m.): TW tried to play the slope here but didn’t give it enough gas to carry the 30-plus feet. There’s still some meat left on the bone for par, and Tiger fails to clean it up. That’s another really disappointing bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over thru 13.
Hole 12: Par 4, 415 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:12 p.m.): Another conservative shot from Tiger here on No. 12 with an iron. He’s down the left side of the fairway and should have an easy wedge into the green. With Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson tied for the lead at 7-under, it’s time Tiger strung together a few more birdies down the stretch.
APPROACH SHOT (5:17 p.m.): Tiger flew this one just short of the pin, but it spun back to stay inside 40 feet. Tough break.
ON THE GREEN (5:20 p.m.): His putt rolls right at the hole but comes up short. He just can’t seem to roll one in here on the back nine. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12.
Hole 11: Par 5, 627 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:57 p.m.): Driver on the par-5 11th hole for Tiger and this one is smoked down the left side of the fairway and finds the rough.
APPROACH SHOT (5:02 p.m.): With 270 yards to the hole, Tiger went for this one from the rough but came up short in a greenside bunker left of the putting surface.
AROUND THE GREEN (5:05 p.m.): Tiger had to carry another small bunker before getting to the green, where he had a lot of room to work with. His out rolls inside 20 feet. Not a bad shot, but certainly not a great one, either.
ON THE GREEN (5:09 p.m.): The birdie putt comes up about a foot short leaving for a tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11.
Hole 10: Par 4, 457 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:40 p.m.): Iron off the tee to start the back-nine and this one is just about perfectly down the middle of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (4:45 p.m.): Tiger was not happy with this one, despite the fact it ended up on the green. He’s inside 20 feet for birdie, but clearly the Big Cat wanted that one closer.
ON THE GREEN (4:50 p.m.): The putt had a decent line but didn’t move the way Tiger thought. He cleans that one up for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10.
Hole 9: Par 4, 389 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:22 p.m.): Back to an iron here to close out the front-nine for TW. Another stinger finds the fairway. Safe, useful shot.
APPROACH SHOT (4:28 p.m.): After giving up a stroke on No. 8, TW’s in great shape to get it back on nine after his approach shot. It landed on the green, took two solid hops forward and came to rest behind the hole and inside 10 feet. Just about perfect.
ON THE GREEN (4:35 p.m.): Tiger barely touches this putt and tried to let the break do the work, but it didn’t move nearly as much as he wanted. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even at the turn.
Hole 8: Par 4, 516 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:00 p.m.): Driver here for Tiger on No. 8 and he tried to play a cut into the wind, but it went pretty straight. It runs through the fairway into the short rough on the left, but shouldn’t be an issue.
APPROACH SHOT (4:08 p.m.): From 224 yards out, with the tree-line guarding his look at the green, he’s forced to shape a right-to-left iron. His angle and trajectory was just about perfect, but it didn’t have enough to climb up onto the green. He’s just on the fringe.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:14 p.m.): Tiger chips this one to about 3-4 feet setting up a par save chance. Lovely touch on that one.
ON THE GREEN (4:19 p.m.): Oof. He barely taps this one and it slips past the hole. That’s a tough bogey after a hot streak.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 8.
Hole 7: Par 3, 240 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:48 p.m.): It’s a left pin, and Tiger flew this one a little long and right, but he’s on the green. He’s got a long birdie putt awaiting for four in a row.
ON THE GREEN (3:55 p.m.): Just a shade over 30 feet here for Tiger, and he gave this one just a bit too much juice. He ends his birdie streak, but cleans up for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 7.
Hole 6: Par 5, 603 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:30 p.m.): It’s the first par-5 of the day for Tiger. His tee shot finds the right rough near a fairway bunker. No chance at getting there in two, but a birdie is still in play.
APPROACH SHOT (3:35 p.m.): With water guarding the front of the green (along with two small bunkers to the right), Tiger’s lay-up shot from the rough is perfectly placed right around 100 yards out.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:39 p.m.): He’s feeling it now. As he flies this one on the green, his ball takes a short hop, then spins back right at the cup. He’ll have what looks to be around 6-7 feet for a third consecutive birdie.
ON THE GREEN (3:43 p.m.): Nailed it. A smooth stroke guided that putt in with easy for this third birdie in a row.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 6.
Hole 5: Par 4, 445 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:10 p.m.): Another stinger off the tee here for TW and this one carves the middle of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (3:15 p.m.): Tiger’s wedge into the green lands on the putting surface, about 23 feet below the hole. He’ll have a similar putt to the one he just missed on No. 3.
ON THE GREEN (3:23 p.m.): BANG. A quick putt with some left-to-right break was no match for TW here. That’s back-to-back birdies.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5.
Hole 4: Par 4, 495 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:54 p.m.): With his low-flying stinger with an iron, Tiger finds the left fairway. He’ll have right around 200 yards to the green. Nice shot.
APPROACH SHOT (3:00 p.m.): Tiger throws a dart right at the cup here and he’ll have about 2-3 feet to get a shot back.
ON THE GREEN (3:06 p.m.): Chirp-chirp-chirp! Tiger converts the birdie putt and gets one shot back three holes after his double-bogey start.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over thru 4.
Hole 3: Par 3, 200 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:44 p.m.): The first par-3 of the day and Tiger’s safely on the green with a good look to drop a stroke.
ON THE GREEN (2:50 p.m.): From just under 23 feet, Tiger rolls this one towards the cup but leaves it just short and right. Another tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-over thru 3.
Hole 2: Par 4, 383 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:30 p.m.): Iron off the tee here for Tiger down the left side of the fairway. He’s safe, unlike the last hole.
APPROACH SHOT (2:35 p.m.): Wedge from 130 yards out for Tiger comes up just short of the green, with a back-pin placement. He’ll have plenty of green to work with from there, but it’s a tough miss.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:38 p.m.): With the putter Tiger rolls this one right at the cup and it stops just short.
ON THE GREEN (2:39 p.m.): Nothing to see here. Tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-over thru 2.
Hole 1: Par 4, 309 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:13 p.m.): The numbers off the tee are going to be crazy this week due to the altitude, so don’t be surprised to see the Big Cat driving a green or two. After an ELECTRIC introduction, Tiger clubbed down with a fairway metal off the tee and lost it to the left. He then hit a provisional with the same club, and this one went just about as far left. Yikes.
APPROACH SHOT (2:20 p.m.): After his shots went out of bounds, Tiger’s approach shot was his fourth, and he didn’t have much to work with. He punched it out, unfortunately into a greenside-bunker. It skipped through the sand before catching the lip and bouncing back.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:22 p.m.): Hitting five now, his out from the bunker was beautiful, coming to within a foot of the cup.
ON THE GREEN (2:23 p.m.): He tapped that in for a crowd-pleasing double-bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-over thru 1.
While this is Woods’ first time playing in Mexico, he’s no stranger to World Golf Championship events. He’s won 18 WGC’s in four different countries, with a chance to make it 19 in five this week.
There’s currently a six-way tie for first at -2: David Lipsky, Billy Horschel, Shugo Imahira, Francesco Molinari, HaoTong Li and Brooks Koepka.
On an unrelated note, Justin Thomas just drove a 415-yard green, so, that happened.