John Peterson leads after one round of the Wells Fargo Championship

'Time to get back to work,' Tiger Woods to resume comeback

On a day when fans joked that Woods and playing partner Patrick Reed were "twinning" - they wore similar pink shirts and carded the same score - his round easily could have been three to four strokes better had he holed a few makeable putts.

Woods returned in Charlotte after a standard post-Masters recess and played nine holes on Tuesday with Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Dru Love ahead of this week's Wells Fargo Championship. 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're on the slower side", Woods said. "They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way", Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion. "I'm not the type that just because I won one major means I'm done". Coming down the stretch, Tiger would birdie hole number 15 but would immediately bogey number 16.

"I drove it great on the weekend, but I kept hitting the ball above the hole or in the wrong spot", he said. "I have a couple of putts I missed that I usually make - at 14, at 16 - so I make those and I'm 2, 3 under par without really doing much". I was just hoping I could walk without pain. I've got it all back now. "This is a very unusual combo to have-firm, but a bit on the slower side".

Woods weathered the first six holes despite missing good birdie chances on four of the holes and went to the seventh tee with just one blemish on his scorecard - a bogey on the par-3 fourth where he came up short with his tee shot and missed a 7-footer for par.

"Ball-striking is always hard, because obviously the distance covered", he said. "I made some good swings and hit some good putts".


"I think you may forget how much time it takes to practice and to get ready, and I have to spend the time to do it".

"I am very thankful", Woods said.

"When Tiger committed to the tournament my teacher Jordan Dempsey texted me and said, 'You should play with Tiger on Tuesday, '" Love said. "That's for sure. It's longer, but it's also more hard". I played a lot of golf heading into Augusta, more golf than I thought I would be able to play, because this is all new.

There might not be quite so many happy faces around the place come Sunday if, as some are predicting, the 14-times major victor can cap a fairytale comeback by adding a fifth Green Jacket to his collection. "Like No. 12, a little bit less than it used to be, but still, there's some significant slope out there".

As recently as last September, before he underwent back surgery, he was uncertain he would ever play golf again. "We're gonna go to the putting green and regroup and hopefully get better with the putter".

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