"I wanted to start it in that first bunker and hit a hard pull-cut," he said. "And I hit more a pulled straight ball. I didn't think it was going to miss that bunker."
He did, and then put his second shot just short of the green and in an easy spot to chip close for birdie.
Woods was tempted to try to squeeze one more birdie out of his round. His second shot went into a pot bunker just left of the green on the par-5 18th. The lie was good, but the back lip of the bunker slightly restricted his swing. He blasted out to 15 feet and took two putts for par.
"I could have gotten a little more greedy," Woods said. "But there's really no point."
It was Thursday. As long as he's been away, Woods knows as well as anyone there's still a long way to go.