May 3, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. "It's longer, but it's also more hard".
There has been a massive buzz in the North Carolina city for the return of the 14-time major victor and Woods didn't disappoint during his pre-tournament hit-out on Wednesday (Thursday AEST). Warner, who is from Charlotte, said he's happy to see Woods back in his hometown. He was one shot out of the lead with three holes to play at Bay Hill until hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds. I had defensive putts for most of the days.
"I started to lift a little bit, but I just tried to make sure I kept flexible", said Woods, who returned to competition this year after spinal fusion surgery last April. "If I did hit a green, I hit it above the hole, I hit it in the wrong spot". I needed to be more precise and I wasn't.
"I'm excited to get back out there", he added on his website.
In a limited sample size - Woods has played just six events this season - his 2018 statistics compare favorably with '13 and '06.
Reed won't even buy into the notion that no matter what happens the rest of the year, this will be his best year. He only has one trophy this year.
"I'm never going to settle", Reed said.
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"This golf course is a lot harder, a lot harder than when I played", Woods said.
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Rory McIlroy is also back in action today, playing alongside Paul Casey and James Hahn.
In 2013, when Woods was dealing with ongoing back issues, he ranked 28th with a 118.3 club head speed, while in '08, the year he won his last major championship, he had a 124 miles per hour average.
But he did also win this tournament in 2007 - the only time he has ever won a PGA Tour event in North Carolina - and has finished in the top five three times. They feel springy, and they feel fast-especially as I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way.
Dogged by injury and scandal, it has been 13 years since Woods last triumphed at Augusta and it appeared as if many of those teeing it up at the year's first major had forgotten what a ruthless competitor he was back then.