His confidence kept building - the flop shot from 40 yards to 5 feet for birdie on the par-5 sixth, the wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the seventh, and a 6-iron he struck so well on the par-3 eighth that he was asking for perfection.
But his mistakes, while not big misses, were costly.
Woods then hit a solid approach shot to reach the green in two, missed a long birdie putt before rolling in a routine three-footer for par.
Another par-5 bogey came at 11 and while Woods birdied the par-5 15th, he found a double-bogey disaster at the par-4 16th and pulled his tee shot into the water to set up his woes at the last.
Woods shot a 1-over-par 73 during the first round of the Hero World Challenge, an small-field, invitation-only event in The Bahamas that benefits his foundation.
While Woods has been absent from the PGA Tour for some time, the 14-time major champion played 11 tournaments last season, with his most recent appearance coming at the 2015 Wyndham Championship where he tied for 10th.
Woods himself could not contain his anger on the 18th tee at Albany, having watched a tee shot fly from the toe of his driver and into the water hazard.
"But overall, he's really close, and that's good to see".
The American benefitted from a double-bogey by Matsuyama, victor of the WGC-HSBC Champions in October, at the par-three eighth. "I'll be focused", Woods said.
Woods, who sits 17th out of 18 players, stated before the tournament that he had just started walking 18 holes, so fatigue could have played a factor in the poor finish to his once-promising round.
Woods' troubles Thursday began on the par-5 ninth hole - he tried to hug the left side of the fairway but tugged it into a bush. Then he chunked his chip - and the gallery gasped. If you drive great you can take advantage of this golf course, but if you don't you can end up in bushes or rocks and go sideways. Woods' par putt brought back a familiar scene: the entire gallery moving en masse even though Reed still needed to putt; Woods' caddie Joe LaCava had to instruct the hundred or so patrons ringing the green to remain still.
At +3300, Bovada thinks Woods has a better shot than defending Masters victor Danny Willett, as well as the likes of Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia, and 2011 champ Charl Schwartzel. "We all hope for many reasons that he comes back fully healthy and his game's fully back".
"There were some awkward shots, there's no doubt about it", Woods said.
"All in all I felt pretty good and I'm looking forward to another three more days". "I got it pretty quick". "It's been a long time". He then postponed his return as a player twice and finally, at the Hero World Challenge, the world has the chance to see him play again.
"People around me who know me, my physicians, my friends, family, they know how hard it's been to get to this point".
Minnesota sits effectively two games back of Detroit after surrendering the tiebreaker to their Thanksgiving opponents last week. That game was notable becaue the Eagles took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, then the Raiders scored the last 48 points.
He also is, in fact, Jewish himself and had said he encountered problems with his Jewish name during his childhood. Navka's participation drew extra criticism since her husband is a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin .
The defense contends that Slager only fired his gun because he feared for his life after Scott wrestled away the officer's Taser. In a news conference during deliberations, Scott family attorney Chris Stewart said: "It's up to the jury and God right now".
The second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Atletico Mineiro and Gremio was one of the games postponed until next week. The capital Bogota was mentioned on the flight plan as a possible refuelling stop, but the plane did not land there.
The game follows the story of Grayson Hunt, a professional assassin who's been exiled from the elite group Dead Echo. Called Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition , it will be available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 7.
Yesterday, fellow VS model Kelly Gale thought it'd be fun to do some filming on the Angel's plane as she stood right behind Bella. Speaking before the event began, she added to Elle .com: "I couldn't sleep - I was so excited last night and kind of jet lagged".
On Tuesday, he said he could have played but chose to go against his nature and be patient. "It's what you think of yourself". However, there's no question that many people are tired of the "When is Tiger going to return" story . The talents there.
However, a determined Saina dished out a more dominating performance in the second game as she zoomed to a 11-3 lead at the break. Unfortunately Saina imploded against her opponent who is ranked at a lowly No. 226 in the world ranking.
The oil market erupted as news emerged that OPEC states had actually reached an agreement on an output cap to back the prices. The OPEC members reached a historic agreement to cut production across the board in a history record of 8 years.
They are also looking into a Facebook post allegedly written by him from that same morning about USA interference in Muslim lands. Artan called al-Awlaki a "hero" in a Facebook message US investigators believe he posted under a slightly different name.
The total public construction in USA rose 2.8 percent in sequential terms, as compared with September's rise of 0.4 percent. Both non-residential and residential public construction spending rose sequentially in October.
It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since a September 18 assault at an army base in the town of Uri. Seven Indian soldiers, including two officers, were killed when armed men attacked an army base in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
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During the meet, Gandhi even pointed out that there is an increase terror attack and ceasefire violations. Congress Parliamentary Party meet which was being chaired by Rahul Gandhi for the first time, ends.
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Lavrov said that Moscow was also in talks with armed rebel groups to look for a solution to the conflict. Russian Federation will continue to build its future without others telling it what to do, he said.
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That deal includes a state incentive package of about $7 million over multiple years, Bloomberg Business reported . The Milwaukee-based firm has a ball-bearing factory about one mile away from the Indianapolis Carrier plant.