Tiger Woods chases strong first round at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rory Mc Ilroy plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando Florida

WIth six birdies and one blemish - a double-bogey six on the No. 3 hole - Tiger Woods entered the clubhouse with a stunning 4-under 68 on Thursday in Round 1 of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. I've played well there throughout the years and just haven't been back in a couple of years.

Starting his round at the 10th hole at the Orlando course, Woods fired several stunning approach shots and jagged birdies at the 12th, 13th and 16th.

Woods quickly bounced back with birdies on the fourth and sixth, both par fives, and followed a poor tee shot on the par-three seventh by holing from 70 feet for another unlikely gain.

The official adjudged he was out-of-bounds by a matter of inches, and a furious Woods marched back to the tee and eventually did well to make a double-bogey six following another wayward blow.

"You guys are asking different questions than you did when I first came back and that wasn't that long ago, that's two months ago", Woods said after his round in quotes reported by ESPN.

Day was impressed with the performance of close friend Woods, who is coming off a tie for second at last week's Valspar Championship.

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The temperature had warmed considerably by the time Paul Goydos began play as part of the first afternoon threesome off No. 10.

"No one's going to unseat his ability to do what he did on the golf course, what he can do mentally and how he can grind through stuff".

Woods, somehow the pre-tournament bookies' favourite in just his fifth start since returning from spinal fusion surgery, shot a four-under-par round of 68 to sit alongside Patrick Reed and just one shot behind Jimmy Walker at the top of the leaderboard at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.

"When I first game back it was just getting my feel for tournament golf again and I think I have I feel like I am not really thinking as much around the golf course, it's more see it, feel it and go".

That includes four Masters, the last of which came in 2005. It's taken a little bit of time in terms of tournament rounds under my belt to be able to get into this position and I've got my tournament feels now, which is nice.

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