Tiger Woods Tied for Lead at Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods Tied for Lead at Valspar Championship

Woods was 16-1 as recently as last week, but books are understandably concerned about the 3-under 68 he shot on Friday at the Valspar Championship, where he shared the 36-hole lead at the time he finished.

Playing in his fourth PGA Tour event since undergoing spinal fusion surgery last April, Woods was just two shots off the pace after three birdies in four holes around the turn, before dropping shots on the 12th and 13th.

Tiger was on the first page of the leaderboard through his first 11 holes, but back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 dropped him back to even-par for the tournament.

Tiger is the leader of a real, competitive PGA Tour event back.

Woods shares the clubhouse lead with Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey.

"I felt fine after that shot", Woods said. He took the outright lead on the par-5 fifth hole with another birdie when he climbed to five-under, but gave that shot back with an unfortunate bogey on his final hole of the round. He is having a pretty good 2018 season thus far, as he has two top-10 finishes over five tournaments.

Woods, a 14-time major victor, was happy to see a player from his generation win a tournament and was confident the veterans on tour like himself will be able to keep up and challenge the current generation of players like Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Bruce Koepka.

Tiger Woods makes it look easy as he blasts out of the woods during the first round of the Valspar. We as a group got fooled a lot today (by the wind).

"It was hard again, and when we started it was cold", Woods said.

'I keep getting a little bit better here and there, making these subtle tweaks.

"He played well at the end of last year and he got off to a great start this year, he's been in contention a few times". I don't have a problem posting scores.

"For me, I'm ecstatic to have a chance to play again, compete and win golf tournaments".

Woods would falter with a final-round 70, finishing four strokes behind victor Davis Love III, and less than a month later would have the first of two back operations that would keep him away from competitive golf, with a couple of exceptions, until January of this year. His ball nestled near a tree, giving Woods an nearly impossible angle to get to the green in two.