Rested Woods ready for Wells Fargo return

Woods also showed off a new set of TaylorMade clubs ahead of his return at Quail Hollow.

Double Wells Fargo victor Rory McIlroy started with a smooth three-under-par 68, Peterson made consecutive eagles for a sizzling 65 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Peterson holed a bunker shot for eagle, holed a wedge from the fairway for eagle on the next hole, and wound up with a 65. Rory McIlroy is in a group at 3 under par.

Kiwi Danny Lee will need a good second round to make the cut after a four-over 75. Then, putting from 73 feet on the fringe of the 17th green, Woods made it just three-quarters of the way to the hole. "They feel springy and they feel fast, especially when I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way".

"What I was feeling and sensing just didn't match up". Paul Casey and Jason Day were among seven players at 69.

Tiger Woods tweeted a photo Tuesday of the new TaylorMade irons he will use at this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Woods struggled on holes 4, 10 and 16, finishing the day with three bogeys. He took three putts on the fourth and 16th and was exasperated after missing out on a chance to birdie the hard closing 18th hole, rolling a putt just past the cup.

Woods said Wednesday the demanding 7,442-yard par-72 layout had grown more challenging in his absence.

Tiger won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2007, but he admits the course has changed a lot.

"I drove it great on the weekend, but I kept hitting the ball above the hole or in the wrong spot, " Woods said.

Despite being without a PGA Tour title since 2013 and with his last major victory now a decade gone, Woods presence at Augusta National is still one that should make his fellow competitors nervous.

Woods tempered his outlook for Quail Hollow, saying he made a decision to play this event to prepare his iron play for next week's Players Championship and the U.S. Open in June. "That's for sure. It's longer, but it's also more hard".

"If I just make a few putts, I should be 2 or 3 under par, which is fine".

"All is good", Woods said. He felt the grass on the greens had grown since earlier. The contest asked participants to write about the importance of having and being a part of a "Go-To Team", a core life skill of The First Tee.

"It should be a little quicker", he said.

Dogged by injury and scandal, it has been 13 years since Woods last triumphed at Augusta and it appeared as if many of those teeing it up at the year's first major had forgotten what a ruthless competitor he was back then.

This is his seventh PGA Tour start since returning from a fourth back surgery, and Woods said he now is used to the rhythm and flow of tournament golf.

  • Stacy Allen