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Tour Report: Woods opens with 1-over 71

Tiger Woods came into The Honda Classic looking to solve his recent putting woes, and after Round 1 he’s still looking.

Woods, playing at PGA National for the first time as a professional, shot 1-over 71, seven shots off the pace set by Davis Love III. He had four bogeys and three birdies, with 34 putts.

“I didn’t get a whole lot out of my round,” Woods said. “I hit the ball a lot better than I scored and I certainly putted well, and I didn’t hardly get anything out of the round. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better.”

Woods made a 19-foot, 5-inch putt on his opening hole for birdie, but that would be the last time he sank a putt over 10 feet. He played the Bear Trap in 1 over, making bogey on the par-3 15th after missing the green long. He made a disappointing par at the finishing par-5 18th hole when he pulled his second shot left of the green, pitched up and burned the left edge with a 14-foot birdie putt.

After the round, Woods headed to the putting green with coach Sean Foley.

Lee Westwood shot an even-par 70 while playing alongside Woods, and Miguel Angel Carballo shot 79. Carballo was a last-minute replacement for Ian Poulter, who withdrew due to illness.

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