Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods leads Valspar Championship all by himself

So far, so good for Tiger Woods in his Valspar Championship debut.

Woods opened with a 1-under 70 in “brutal” conditions Thursday at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course. He will now look to not only make his third cut in four PGA Tour starts this season but also put himself in position to improve upon a 12th-place showing two weeks ago at the Honda Classic.

We’ll track Woods’ second round, played alongside Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson, shot by shot for all 18 holes Friday in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 420 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Iron hangs on the right side of the fairway.

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 465 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: The solo leader hits 3-wood 275 yards down the fairway.
  • APPROACH SHOT: Another nice approach and Tiger will have 15 feet left for birdie.
  • ON THE GREEN: Perfect speed but just a tad right. Par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 15 (5 under overall)

Hole No. 5: Par 5, 605 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Tiger bombs this one 341 yards down the left side of the fairway.
  • SECOND SHOT: Tiger misses this a tad right and short-sides himself in the right greenside bunker.
  • THIRD SHOT: Another great shot around the green by Tiger, who blasts out about pin-high and 5 feet away.
  • ON THE GREEN: Birdie. Solo lead. So many feels.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 14 (5 under overall)

Hole No. 4: Par 3, 195 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: 8-iron for Tiger here, and it ends up short and sandy.
  • AROUND THE GREEN: Up against the lip. Fried egg. But what does TW do? He blasts out to 4 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Great par save.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 13 (4 under overall)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 455 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: This is really happening, folks. Tiger is tied for the lead. He goes iron off the tee here and splits the fairway.
  • APPROACH SHOT: From 207 yards, Tiger finds the green about 35 feet away.
  • ON THE GREEN: Two-putt par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 12 (4 under overall)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 435 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Low stinger with iron that draws into the fairway.
  • APPROACH SHOT: Tiger about 160 yards back, hitting to a front pin with a false front. Tiger ends up below the hole, but his ball stays in place about 12 feet away.
  • ON THE GREEN: Tiger has another chance to tie the lead and he gets it! Birdie!
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 11 (4 under overall)

Hole No. 1: Par 5, 560 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: 310 yards to carry the left fairway bunker and Tiger, with driver, finds the sand.
  • SECOND SHOT: Tiger lays up to 103 yards.
  • THIRD SHOT: Not a great wedge. Checks up well short.
  • ON THE GREEN: From 30 feet and for a share of the lead… Just misses. Par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 445 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Fore right! Tiger finds the right rough. Got a decent bounce away from the trees, though.
  • APPROACH SHOT: Tiger is about 160 yards out but has a nasty lie in the rough. He muscles it out and finds the fairway cut just shy of the green.
  • AROUND THE GREEN: Nice chip up the hill to about 3 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Par to close a very nice first nine.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 9 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 215 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: The sweater is off and Tiger finds the middle of the green with 5-iron.
  • ON THE GREEN: From 30 feet, Tiger misses badly. He only has 2 feet left, but he got a look from Jordan Spieth and just left it short and low. He’s able to make par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 475 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Stinger 2-iron just gets out into the fairway. Didn’t catch that great but at least it’s not in the trees.
  • APPROACH SHOT: Good line, but leaks a little right, and ends up a little short and in the rough.
  • AROUND THE GREEN: Awkward lie near bunker with ball below his feet, but Tiger chips it to tap-in range.
  • ON THE GREEN: Easy par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 215 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Nice 6-iron here and Tiger finds the left fringe, only about 12 feet away.
  • ON THE GREEN: Delicate downhill putt nearly goes in, just missing left. Par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 14: Par 5, 590 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: First driver of the day and it finds the left rough.
  • SECOND SHOT: Not a great lie and Tiger is forced to lay up.
  • THIRD SHOT: From 108 yards, Tiger wedges to about 15 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Two-putt par.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 5 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 200 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: From 187 yards, Tiger hits 7-iron close, to 6 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Two birdies in a row for Tiger. He’s a shot off the lead.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 4 (3 under overall)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 380 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Smokes a long-iron to a great spot in the fairway.
  • APPROACH SHOT: Here we go! Tiger wedges from 140 yards to 5 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Tweet, tweet. Tiger is just two shots back.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 (2 under overall)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 575 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: No driver here and Tiger finds the right side of the fairway with 3-wood.
  • SECOND SHOT: Tiger will have 265 yards or so to the hole. He hits long-iron and leaves it out right. Looked like it hit a fan in the gallery, but he’ll have some green to work with for his eagle chip.
  • THIRD SHOT: Heavy chip and Tiger has a lot left for birdie, some 22 feet.
  • ON THE GREEN: Birdie roll comes up just short and it’s another par for TW.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 2 (1 under overall)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 445 yards

  • OFF THE TEE: Tiger in a blue sweater on this cold morning. He’ll be easy to spot today. Tiger goes 3-wood and hooks it into the trees. Fore left! Not a good start.
  • APPROACH SHOT: From the pine straw, Tiger has to hit a low draw out of the trees about 140 yards and he does so beautifully. His ball misses the greenside bunker and ends up on the left fringe.
  • AROUND THE GREEN: Nice running chip from 35 feet and Tiger will have a couple of feet left.
  • ON THE GREEN: Good par to start.
  • TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 1 (1 under overall)


Tiger Woods will tee off at 7:56 a.m. Eastern off of No. 10 tee. Here’s a look at what Woods told the media on Thursday:


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