Golf: Tiger Woods shoots a first-round 69 to lie three off the lead at the Bay Hill Invitational http://t.co/zLPyEjba
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Tiger Woods said the ball was flying forever on Thursday at Bay Hill. His normal drives were traveling 310 yards. "It was kind of nice."
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Here’s the report from BBC Sports:
The former world number one, making his final appearance before the Masters, withdrew from his last PGA Tour event – at Doral – with an ankle injury.
But he trails leaders Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner by only three strokes.
England’s Justin Rose, who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral a fortnight ago, is also three under.
Woods, a six-time winner of the title, dropped only one shot when he three-putted the short 17th.
And he will draw a lot of confidence from a round that was four strokes better than that of long-time rival Phil Mickelson.
“I didn’t really do anything great today. I was just solid,” said Woods. “I drove the ball well, hit my irons decent and putted alright.
“I had two three-putts but also made a couple of bombs out there.”
Rose, trying to make it four European winners in a row in the United Sates, was one over after five holes, but sank a 22-foot putt on the 15th and then had three more birdies in four holes from the fourth.