Tiger looks for ninth win at Bay Hill

Tiger looks for ninth win at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods is back and so are the galleries as the 14-times major victor sent a jolt of excitement through the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, carding a four-under 68 that had the crowd around Bay Hill Golf Club buzzing.

It didn't take the 14-time major champion long to recover, though.

But Woods bounced back in trademark fashion with three birdies on the home stretch iced by a stunning 71-foot birdie putt he drained from off the green at the par-3 seventh. "Nice to get back". "Those are moments that unfortunately I'll never have, but I have those memories", Woods told reporters ahead of Thursday's opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods' is still on the hunt to be the greatest of all time and Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors could be in danger once again. As Woods put it last weekend, he will be playing on "a golf course I like".

"From the time I was there as an amateur to my first win and to my other wins there as well, I just love playing Augusta National". After his first seven holes, Goydos was briefly tied with Woods, one stroke off the early lead held by Jimmy Walker.

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Woods, who had won eight times at Bay Hill, started his round with a double bogey on the third hole after sending his drive out of bounds.

Woods finds himself eager to get back into the competitive hunt at the Masters, where he has played only once since 2013, nabbing a share of 17th three years ago.

On Thursday, Goydos carded back-to-back bogeys to slip to two-under, then grinded out an even-par second nine for a two-under in the round. Just keep getting better.

Having tried on several occasions to reignite his fledgling career only for further injury setbacks to bring any attempted comebacks to a shuddering and painful halt, many were beginning to think that we had seen the last of one of the finest golfers of a generation.

"I just didn't give myself opportunities, it's pretty hard to make birdies from 51 feet and I didn't hole anything today", Day said.

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