Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods shoots 1-under 71 in Round 1 of BMW Championship

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods shoots 1-under 71 in Round 1 of BMW Championship

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods shoots 1-under 71 in Round 1 of BMW Championship

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Tiger Woods shot 1-under 71 in Round 1 of the BMW Championship Thursday at Medinah Country Club.

Follow along below for a shot-by-shot recap of Woods’ opening round.

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Hole 18: Par 4, 441 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:18 p.m.): There’s a good driver to end the day. Smooth swing, middle of the fairway, chance to get one back at the last.

APPROACH SHOT (5:24 p.m.): Looks like he’s safely on the left side of the green, a little more than 20 feet on the upcoming birdie try. Weird round after that 2-under start through 3.

ON THE GREEN (5:29 p.m.): Just missed it. Good roll, good par, and all-in-all that’s not a bad round considering how last week went. He probably won’t be thrilled but it’s a start. Back at it tomorrow.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 71

Hole 17: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:08 p.m.): Yikes. Stayed dry but stuck it in a bunker long and left of the green. Needs to get up-and-down from there to avoid falling back to even par.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:11 p.m.): Didn’t look like he hit it great but it works out. Got a decent bounce and will have about 8-10 feet left to save par. Could have been worse.

ON THE GREEN (5:15 p.m.): Got it. Stays six shots behind leader Justin Thomas. Certainly not the sharpest round we’ve seen, but he’s keeping it together.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17

Hole 16: Par 4, 471 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:51 p.m.): Another wayward swing off the tee, this one missing in the right rough. It’ll be another battle on this hole, still has more than 180 yards to the green from there.

APPROACH SHOT (4:54 p.m.): He found the Sergio tree! Not quite as close to it as Garcia was in the 1999 PGA Championship, but pretty sure it was the same tree. Cool. Anyways, that tree has grown a bit and blocked him out so he just had to punch something near the green. Didn’t get it there and leaves about 60 yards to get up the hill.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:57 p.m.): That’s the good stuff. Carried it off the right fringe right near the cup and leaves a very manageable par putt. Pro move right there.

ON THE GREEN (5:03 p.m.): Missed it. That’s a killer. Bad tee shot is the main culprit on that bogey and Tiger just hasn’t been able to string shots together ever since the hot start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16

Hole 15: Par 4, 344 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:35 p.m.): Wisely lays back off the tee and pokes it about 240 yards in the middle of the fairway. Just a wedge from there.

APPROACH SHOT (4:38 p.m.): Brutal mistake. Missed long from 107 yards, bounced over the green, down a back slope and settled near a drain in what looks like a nasty spot. Doesn’t get any more maddening than showing restraint off the tee and screwing it all up with a wedge. Gonna be a tough up-and-down from there.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:42 p.m.): Yup, spot was sticky as advertised. Left it well short and needs to make a putt to save par.

ON THE GREEN (4:43 p.m.): Drains it. That’s how you make par the hard way. But feels like a huge make – Would have fallen to T-49 with a miss.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 15

Hole 14: Par 5, 607 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:15 p.m.): Another monster par-5 here and Tiger misses the fairway. Looks like he’s in the left rough about 350 yards out. Tony Finau had a tap-in eagle here earlier today, for the record.

SECOND SHOT (4:18 p.m.): Gives it a whack and he’s back in position in the middle of the fairway. Good recovery.

APPROACH SHOT (4:23 p.m.): Beauty! Might have something here after all, puts it pin-high about 12 feet from the hole. Good chance to steal a late birdie here.

ON THE GREEN (4:28 p.m.): Nope. That’s a gut-punch miss. Burns the edge, still a par but losing ground on a day when a bunch of guys are going low.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 14

Hole 13: Par 3, 206 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:03 p.m.): Went after a tucked pin and it’s a good one. Perfect line and just a little long, decent birdie look at what’s playing as the second-hardest hole today.

ON THE GREEN (4:11 p.m.): Decent roll but can’t get it to fall. Tap-in par, nothing to see here.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 13

Hole 12: Par 4, 471 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:45 p.m.): Missed in the right rough, will have to deal with a tree to his right but should be able to work something around it. We shall see.

APPROACH SHOT (3:49 p.m.): Got it on the green, pin-high, but a long way home from there. Not a fun putt and his reads have been a little off this afternoon, looking to lag something close.

ON THE GREEN (3:54 p.m.): Really good. Rolls it to about a foot and will have no problem cleaning that up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 12

Hole 11: Par 4, 428 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:30 p.m.): Carried it up the right side of the fairway and looks like it stayed in the short stuff. Playing as the third-hardest hole on property today.

APPROACH SHOT (3:33 p.m.): That one is ALL OVER the flag. Sticks it to three feet and shouldn’t have any trouble finishing that off for birdie. There’s the spark he’s been searching for the past several holes.

ON THE GREEN (3:39 p.m.): Bingo. Rolls that one in for a birdie and we’re right back on track. Still a round that could swing in either direction and every hole counts as he tries to get inside the top 30 and book the Tour Championship. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 11

Hole 10: Par 5, 579 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:14 p.m.): Good one there, splits the fairway with a drive of 310-plus. Should be able to get after this approach.

APPROACH SHOT (3:18 p.m.): Overcooked it and missed the green left, into some thick rough. Doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun from there.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:23 p.m.): Yup, couldn’t do much from there. Just popped a wedge short and leaves maybe 10 feet for a birdie try.

ON THE GREEN (3:24 p.m.): No dice. Leaves it on the edge and taps in for a disappointing par. Started the round with a lot of promise but running low on mojo the past couple holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10

Hole 9: Par 4, 452 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:55 p.m.): Fairway wood got away from Tiger a little bit, looks like he’s off in the right rough. We’ll see if he has a look but most likely just trying to get out of here with a par.

APPROACH SHOT (3:02 p.m.): Had a window and got it on the green from the rough, albeit a long ways from the flag. Nestled into the back of the putting surface and leaves about 45 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (3:06 p.m.): Pretty poor effort on that one. Speed and line were both off, leaves himself about 6 feet to save par and make the turn at 2 under. Missed the cup entirely on the par attempt and taps in for bogey. Tough hole but just a serious of mistakes from Tiger. Leaves a bad taste in his mouth on what was otherwise a strong front nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9

Hole 8: Par 3, 205 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:44 p.m.): Another good swing and he’s safely on the green, maybe 15-18 feet for birdie from there. Still no sign of any of the physical issues that flared up at the Northern Trust.

ON THE GREEN (2:50 p.m.): Got away from him. Big bender that slides a few feet past the cup. Has to mark. Looks pretty comfortable on the greens though. Just cleaned that up for par and we’re on to the ninth.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8

Hole 7: Par 5, 603 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:25 p.m.): Quick ‘Fore Left!’ from Tiger (taking notes, Kyle Stanley?) and he’s way off in the rough. Won’t kill him though, wouldn’t have had a chance to get on in two anyways and it looks like he’ll have an opening to punch something back in the fairway to a nice number.

APPROACH SHOT (2:33 p.m.): Got it back into the fairway without any trouble but the third shot comes up short of the green. Tiger was begging it to go from the start. Needs to put it close with a wedge now.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:37 p.m.): Nearly jarred it. Two quick hops below the cup and scooted just past the edge, leaving a couple feet to save par.

ON THE GREEN (2:41 p.m.): Good job cleaning that up and it’s an adventurous par for Tiger. Course is definitely gettable this morning, Tiger currently T-23 and only six guys in the field are over par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7

Hole 6: Par 4, 496 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:10 p.m.): Another good swing there, might have rolled just into the fringe but lie won’t be an issue. Not to play armchair chiropractor here but Tiger looks comfortable physically and much looser than last week. Heat has to feel good after all the cold weather he’s played in this year.

APPROACH SHOT (2:15 p.m.): Nothing wrong with that. Safely on the front of the green and below the hole. Gonna be about a 25-footer for birdie but should be able to give it a go.

ON THE GREEN (2:21 p.m.): Can’t get it to go but that’s a stress-free par. No complaints. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6

Hole 5: Par 5, 523 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:52 p.m.): Smooth one with a driver there and finds the middle of the fairway. Great opportunity to get one back here, just a little more than 200 yards out.

APPROACH SHOT (1:59 p.m.): Nicely done. Long of the flag with about a 20-footer for eagle on deck. That’d be alright.

ON THE GREEN (2:05 p.m.): Needed just a fraction more on that one to drain it and it misses less than an inch below the cup. No-sweat tap-in birdie from there and we’re back on track. Just one par for Tiger through five holes thus far.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 5

Hole 4: Par 4, 453 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:37 p.m.): Money. Draws it ever-so-slightly down the left side of the fairway and in great position to a right pin location, about 153 yards out. Chomping hard on that gum again, which has usually been a good sign this year.

APPROACH SHOT (1:40 p.m.): Got aggressive with that one and it cost him. Short sided in a bunker to the right, looked like he went right at the flag with just a tad too much fad on it. Early test from the sand here.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:44 p.m.): Not bad from there but still has about 10 feet left to save par.

ON THE GREEN (1:48 p.m.): No dice. Put a good stroke on it but burned the edge for a bogey. That’s a bummer and shouldn’t happen from where he was in the fairway.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4

Hole 3: Par 4, 409 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:22 p.m.): Just a fairway wood and it’s a beauty. Piped up the right side of the fairway, well shy of the bunkers, and he’ll have a wedge in from there for what should be a shot at another early birdie.

APPROACH SHOT (1:26 p.m.): Not his best, but it’s safely on. Well short of the flag but stayed up at least. Gonna have maybe 25-30 feet from there.

ON THE GREEN (1:30 p.m.): Boom!! Rattles it into the back of the cup from 39 feet and we’ve got a situation at Medinah. Two birdies in three holes and safe to say that he looks just a tad better than he did last week in New Jersey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 3

Hole 2: Par 3, 177 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:10 p.m.): Not bad. Just on the fringe and should be a pretty straightforward chip from there.

ON THE GREEN (1:15 p.m.): Looked like the line was pretty good, ball stopped just shy of the cup but shouldn’t be any issues cleaning it up for par from there. Routine 3.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2

Hole 1: Par 4, 423 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:58 p.m.): Not the best start here, misses the short stuff left and he’s in a fairway bunker. About 142 yards out. Now just trying to get out of here with a 4.

APPROACH SHOT (1:03 p.m.): We take it back! Tiger sticks it to five feet off the fairway and now has a stellar look for an opening birdie to get things started on the right note. Let’s see if we can put a circle on the card here.

ON THE GREEN (1:06 p.m.): Buckets. That’s an opening birdie and a heck of a start for Tiger. You have our attention.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1

Pre-round

Tiger Woods returns to action Thursday at the BMW Championship less than one week after withdrawing from the Northern Trust in New Jersey.

Woods cited an oblique injury last week but looked and felt much better during a Wednesday pro-am at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. He enters the week ranked No. 38 in the FedEx Cup standings and will need to have a good showing in order to get inside the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake.

Assuming Woods is physically good to go, he’ll have four rounds at Medinah in this no-cut event. Should he stay outside the top 30, this will almost certainly be his final start prior to the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October to begin his 2019-20 season in Japan.

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