Normally a 4-under 68 from Tiger Woods at Spyglass Hill would be the story of the day at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but with a host of players -- including Dustin Johnson and Danny Lee who both shot 9-under -- tearing apart Pebble Beach, the former No. 1-ranked player was relegated to 1A status on Thursday afternoon.
No matter. The way Woods is playing at the moment, it's only a matter of time before he becomes the big story in golf once again. Making his return to the full-field event at Pebble for the first time in 10 years, Woods looked incredibly solid in his opening round at Spyglass, carding 6 birdies en route a 4-under 68.
The bad news for Woods is that he's currently five shots back of the lead after the first round. The good news, however, is that he posted the second-lowest round of the day at Spyglass, considered by many to be the most difficult course in the tournament rotation.
After months of questioning his iron play and lack of consistency off the tee, Woods once again proved that he's making serious strides in both departments, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. And even though he needed 29 putts to get around the course, it's only a matter of time before he finds his putting stroke and puts it together over four rounds.
With Woods' history at Pebble and the way he's playing at the moment, there's reason to believe this could be the week.