Tiger Woods' last competitive round at PGA National was the best Sunday of his career, a remarkable round capped by an eagle that almost allowed him to catch the player trying to become No. 1 in the world.
His round Thursday was less eventful. Woods, who closed the Honda Classic last year with a 62 that left him two shots behind Rory McIlroy, opened the event this year with an even-par 70 that included 14 pars. Woods missed only four greens and five fairways.
The biggest news was Woods' removal of his shoes at the sixth hole, his 15th, as he hit a ball out of water left of the fairway. He wedged back to the short grass, then saved par.
Woods appeared comfortable with his swing all day. There weren't big misses, though there weren't any incredible approach shots. It was rather bland. He had only three birdie attempts inside 10 feet.
Woods's playing partner, Dustin Johnson, shot 66 Thursday in soft conditions at PGA National. The Champion Course is annually one of the tour's tough...