The crowds, at times, were awesome.
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"They were into it early", Woods said. He gave back a shot with a closing bogey on the front nine. I think they might have tipped back a couple and got a little sleepy. "I think it's really fun".
Woods and Mickelson hope the quality of golf changes, too. Mickelson and Woods were simply folded into the fabric of the rest of the tournament. Two very good golf shots.
The hoopla surrounding Woods and Mickelson won't go away anytime soon, and in this instance anyway, it felt deserved.
The two-time victor at TPC drained it.
"I didn't know what to expect this year", Woods said. I kind of thought that was going to lead into something on the back.
Unlike last week, Woods putted well (or well enough) in Round 1.
"We've always had a mutual respect over the years, and I've always appreciated what he's done for the game of golf", added Mickelson. It's a reminder to Woods and his supporters waiting on a surge just how hard this whole turning-back-the-clock thing is when it comes to golf.
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I am always comfortable if any player player wants to leave or if any player doesn't want to leave. "We have not had a hard situation between us".
A lot of guys were under par, a bunch of guys in the 60s today, and it was playing a little bit on the softer side, and with this heat, even the wind picked up, with this heat the ball's flying forever.
The one time Woods did may have saved his round. He crushed a 349-yard tee shot and followed it up with an approach shot that ended up 20 feet from the cup.
"Boy, it was nice to turn the round completely around there", he said.
The veteran duo will play together, alongside another marquee player Rickie Fowler, in the first two rounds of the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, this week, and 47-year-old Mickelson was in playful mood as he threw out the challenge to his old rival.
While Woods was hanging in there, Mickelson went off a cliff. That included six birdies in a row from Nos.
Kuchar, who has won the Players one time in his career, had his career-best opening round at the Players Thursday. "It's so hot, it's playing short, the greens are receptive".
"I think it is going to be an incredible event and it will surprise everybody". "And I just kind of ran out at the end".
The crowd provided little to no juice but didn't have much to cheer about, save for a Woods birdie at 16 and a back-nine stretch of three birdies in four holes from Fowler. What looked to be an Oscar contender Thursday morning turned into a two-day bad movie.
One woman near the 18th green joked, "He must have a meeting after this". "Yeah, at a used auto lot", added another. "His chances of winning a Major are maybe better than winning a regular event". His issue, as it has been for most of the year, is that he lost strokes once again with his driver. On Friday, he starts at 8:27 a.m. EDT on the 10th tee. But since the operation, he has rediscovered the club head speed which he once took for granted.