Tiger Woods starts strong, draws 2 cents at 2019 Players Championship Tour 1 | Bleacher's report

Tiger Woods holds up his golf ball after sidelining the third hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

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Tiger Woods shot a 70 in his first round of the 2019 Players Championship to sit two strokes below the tournament average.

He had six birdies in the round, including five in the last nine, but there are five shots behind current leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida.

Woods has won this event twice, the last in 2013, but will have to redouble efforts during the rest of the tournament to win his third place.

The 43-year-old started the day slowly, fighting hard for second place.

He missed some fairways and needed some good shots to make up for his bad:

His best performance on the top nine of the standings came on the seventh hole when he hit at 15 feet for a birdie:

He finished first tied with a single bogey and a birdie.

The second half of the round went differently, as only one of his holes ended with a pair.

"Usually, if I have a peer, it 's usually 30 or 29, not what I' ve done today," Woods said after the round. Jason Sobel network action.

Even with some mistakes, Woods looked great in his birdies and was particularly impressed by his putter:

He then resumed his play on the tee to win a birdie on the par-5 No. 16 and on the famous No. 17, by three.

Nevertheless, his inconsistency remained a problem while he was bogeying in the last hole, his fourth lap.

With a driving accuracy of 64.29% and a regulation of only 12 greens out of 18, there was still a lot to do. On the plus side, he caught up with nice strikes all day long and won 1,978 shots with his putting, by PGATour.com.

This could be enough to follow suitors if he could limit his mistakes over the next few days.

Woods has played well in limited action so far this year, finishing in the top 20 of each of his three official competitions. He placed in the top 10 of his last event, the World Golf Championship in Mexico, in February.

He will have to show more during the second round to keep pace with the leaders and start from number 10 at 8:32 am Eastern Time.