It's been five years since Woods collected the last of his 79 career victories and 10 years since he won the last of his 14 career major championships.
Woods said: "Today was tough".
Woods had a chance to hit the clubhouse with the outright lead, but scored his first bogey of the day on the 18th hole of the day when his approach shot hit a woman's purse and he failed to get up and down after a drop. "... Can't believe it nearly went in".
Woods appeared to still be feeling the shot as he walked toward the green, but hit a brilliant chip to three feet and tapped in for par.
The Offaly man got off to a sluggish start and was two over par for the championship thru seven but he pulled one back on the 8th before adding two more birdies on the back nine to leave him under par for the championship. 12 and 13, but he responded by turning in an impressive showing at the Snake Pit.
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Woods, 42, returned to the gym to build up his fitness after his last tournament two weeks ago. Woods realized he would hit the tree on his follow through, asking the gallery - thousands of them - to be careful in case the club snapped.
"Kind of had a mindset of trying to take advantage of a good break, I guess", he said. He then almost aced the par-3 17th before making an easy birdie to get back to red numbers.
Woods said afterward it was his left forearm that took the brunt of the blow, and he downplayed any injury, although few would be surprised if a bit of ice were necessary overnight. "... I liked it right away".
Woods, victor of 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour events, hasn't won on the Tour since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The lead Woods held was his first at any point since he shared the lead at the 2015 Wyndham Championship (where he also shared it after 36 holes).
Woods is coming off a 12th-place finish at the Honda Classic, his third start of the season after a MC at the Genesis Open and T-23 at the Farmers Insurance Open.