Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Wednesday round at the Hero World Challenge

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Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Wednesday round at the Hero World Challenge

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Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Wednesday round at the Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods and company are back in the Bahamas for the sixth playing of his Hero World Challenge, which benefits his TGR Foundation and the ONE Bahamas Fund.

Eighteen of the world’s best are at Albany for the fifth consecutive year (2014’s event was held at Isleworth Country Club), with Woods making his first appearance since winning his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour event in October at the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan. Eleven of the 18 players will also represent the Team USA next week at the Presidents Cup in Australia.

Woods, a five-time winner of the vent, tees off alongside Justin Thomas at 11:35 a.m. ET. Follow along below for shot-by-shot analysis of Woods’ opening round.

Hole 18 – Par 4

On the final hole Tiger hits a fade with driver and cut this one a bit too much as it runs out of the fairway to the right. He found a right fairway bunker, 200 yards out and chooses to lay up and simply advance his ball up the fairway. He gives himself a shot to save par after a useful approach from the fairway finds the front half of the green. From 10 feet Tiger just misses the edge and will end his round bogey-double bogey after a blistering start to the back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par 72.

Hole 17 – Par 3

It’s a nice day for the beach in the Bahamas as Tiger found the greenside fairway bunker here on the penultimate hole. His ball was absolutely buried giving him little-to-no chance to get this one close to the pin. His second shot came out with some pace and rolls off the green to the fringe on the opposite side, leaving a lengthy putt. He does well to lag this putt near the cup, but it’ll be a dropped shot here heading to No. 18.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 17.

Hole 16 – Par 4

Another driver off the tee, another fairway. Then came the approach. He launches this one over the green, forcing an up-and-down par save (which he converts) to stay at 3 under on the round. Despite a few just flat-out bad shots, Tiger has scrambled well today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 16.

Hole 15 – Par 5

It’s a long par 5 and TW will need to give his first two shots everything he’s got to get home in two. He rips the driver off the tee right down the middle of the fairway. His approach is a beauty – as was his club twirl – coming up just short of the green. Up-and-down for four birdies in five holes? Nope. But he’ll hole it out for eagle! At one point in this round he was seven shots back. Now? Three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 15.

Hole 14 – Par 4

No. 14 is a driveable par 4 and Tiger gave this one a go, finding a collection area. His chip looked right on line but then takes a weird hop to the right. No matter, Tiger paces the putt right into the bottom of the cup for consecutive birdies. Here we go.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14.

Hole 13 – Par 4

Another driver, another fairway for Tiger. He’s absolutely striping the big stick today. A 6-iron from the fairway finds the green, about 10-15 feet above the hole. Can he get back to even? Yes he can! Guides this putt right into the hole with ease. Nothing like a little back nine momentum.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13.

Hole 12 – Par 3

Here we go! Tiger goes pin-seeking here, battling the wind, and has a great look at birdie from 15 feet. This one had some slight movement from left-to-right and he left it short (again). Tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 12.

Hole 11 – Par 5

Another driver finds the fairway here on the par 5. If Tiger has any chance to score he needs to capitalize on these longer holes where he has an advantage (though that advantage might be null with the wind today). The Big Cat goes for this one in two with an iron and comes up just short of the front edge. Should be an easy up-and-down for birdie from there. He had plenty of green to work with and elects to use a putter instead. His putt was right on line and checks up about six inches from the hole, leaving a tap-in birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 11.

Hole 10 – Par 4

Tiger makes the turn and gets back on track, finding the fairway and hitting the green in regulation 20-30 feet from the hole, as he did for most of the front nine. He followed suit with a solid lag putt and tap-in par. Nothing flashy or really exciting from Tiger so far, other than his confidence off the tee.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 10.

Hole 9 – Par 5

Sing it with me, folks: The wheels on Tiger’s round are coming off, coming off, coming off. Another poor effort off the tee, this time with his trusty driver, finds the sandy area to the left. He had an awkward lie next to a bush and punches out with his second shot, finding the water hazard across the fairway on the right. He takes his penalty stroke and is just off the green lying four. His par putt from the fringe rolls close but doesn’t fall. Another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 9.

Hole 8 – Par 3

After a great day off the tee, his first real misfire comes here at No. 8, missing right. His chip finds the green close to the pin but the shot par putt misses. Another poor bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 8.

Hole 7 – Par 4

Clubs down with a fairway wood off the tee here on No. 7 and plays the hole perfectly. He’ll have a great look at the green from here. His approach looked decent off the club and lands on the green but almost rolls into a bunker completely off the green. Got saved there. It’s a tricky up and down from there but he saves par to stay even. This wind, folks. It’s crazy out there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6.

Hole 6 – Par 5

Another b-e-a-utiful drive here from Tiger finds the fairway. His issues have been battling the winds with his approach shots, and this second shot was, well … bad. He goes fairway wood from the short stuff and loses this one left. Talk about a bounce-back. He lips out with the chip, leaving a tap-in birdie. That was mere centimeters away from a hole-out eagle. What a way to get back to even (while chomping on that gum!)

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6.

Hole 5 – Par 3

The wind at his back, Tiger pulls a 9-iron from the bag and finds the green, once again around 25-30 feet from the pin. Really not much to say here other than: two-putt par. He lagged his birdie putt close and cleans up to remain at 1 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 5.

Hole 4 – Par 4

Tiger bounces back after a disappointing bogey by absolutely crushing a drive on the par-4 fourth. He’s really swinging that club with some confidence today. Given the wind, his approach isn’t awful, though he’d like it to be closer. He’s 25 feet from the cup for birdie, where he two-putts for par. Par will be a respectable score until this wind dies down (if it does at all), though it might not make for the most exciting golf.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 4.

Hole 3 – Par 5

Another smooth swing with the big stick for Tiger here on No. 3 finds the short stuff. He can’t get home in two, so he elects to lay-up with his second shot. Tiger leaves his approach to the green left and short, just a poor effort that wasn’t helped with the wind. His chip isn’t anything to write home about, either, leaving a testy putt for par from inside 10 feet. His par putt skates right by the cup, that’ll be a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 3.

Hole 2 – Par 3

Scoring has been minimal so far today largely in part due to the wind. Tiger has another birdie putt after his tee shot here on the opening par 3. His 7-iron finds the dance floor below the hole, inside 20 feet from the cup. This putt had some slight movement but was pretty straight. Tiger never gave it a shot, leaving it short for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2.

Hole 1 – Par 4

And we’re off! Tiger pulls driver on the opening hole and finds the fairway. Solid start. After a terrific drive Tiger just had a little flip wedge into the green. He had the right idea, but comes up a yard or two short of where he wanted to land it. His ball climbs up onto the green but checks up short of the pin. Not his best shot but he’ll have a birdie putt awaiting. No dice here as this one slips past the hole. Tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1.

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