He got two pars on holes 10 and 11, he bounced back from a bad tee shot to set up a 10-foot putt for birdie at the par-5 12th.
Helped by holing a 71-foot putt, Tiger Woods maintained his encouraging run of form heading into the Masters by sitting close to the clubhouse lead in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, writes Martin Dempster.
After four back surgeries and almost as many failed comeback attempts, Woods looks increasingly like the Tiger of old.
While he fell narrowly short of victory, there was plenty of cause for optimism for Woods, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2013, with his last major triumph coming in 2008.
Woods' drive was well off the mark, and by the time he recovered, he recorded a double-bogey six that knocked him down the leaderboard.More news: Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino
The only reason Woods was not sharing the clubhouse lead in his final tuneup for the Masters in three weeks was Jimmy Walker, the 2016 PGA Championship victor.
Former Scottish Open champion Justin Rose also had cause to feel pleased with his start, signing for 69 despite being four-over after just six holes. Woods has won that tournament four times (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005) and his presence always increases the excitement around the sport. "So I'm still learning, I'm getting a lot better at it, which is nice and I think that you're starting to see the fruits of that now of the little tweaks I've made and I'm excited about it".
"I just love playing Augusta National".
"It's taken a few tournament rounds under my belt to be able to get into this position (regularly), but I've got my tournament feels now, which is nice".
"But I understand this golf course".