But he gave the stroke back one hole later when his second shot landed in the hazard fronting the green and Woods was lucky to salvage bogey. When he poured in a 19-foot birdie putt at 12 Woods had made nearly as many feet of putts in three holes as he had for his 18 holes on Thursday.
The swarming crowds were so large that they disrupted cell service. Fans who tried to lineup near the 10th tee more than 30 minutes before his tee time had to settle for 100 yards down the fairway to see along the rope line. Grown men and women were as giddy as school kids at recess to see him play again.
On his last hole the 9th Woods tried to attack the front-right hole location from 114 yards and missed the green to the right. The ball landed in a spectator’s handbag from where Woods was granted a free drop. His chip grazed the stick and stopped six feet from the hole but he pulled the par putt.