Woods proud of Honda Classic effort

23 February 2018 03:59:48 EST

Tiger Woods says his level-par 70 in the first round of the Honda Classic was easily his best performance since returning from injury.

The American missed the cut last week at the Genesis Open but was determined to play in this week's event at PGA National, a venue only a few miles away from Woods' Florida home.

The 14-time major winner was one of those out early and actually held the lead during his front nine after making it to two-under through four holes.

However, a double-bogey seven on his 12th hole set him back and he eventually settled for a round of 70 to leave him tied for 21..

Given how the majority of the field struggled with the blustery conditions and hard and fast layout at Palm Beach, with only 20 of the 144-strong field breaking par, Woods admitted he was proud of his efforts.

When asked if it had been his best day since recovering from back surgery, Woods replied: "Yeah, easily.

“I feel like I'm really not that far away. I'm starting to really get a feel for scoring in tournaments, and today was a day that I'm very proud of because I missed the ball in the correct spots. I didn't do that in Los Angeles and I was down the road after two days.”

Woods is now 3000/1 to record his first PGA Tour win since 2013 having finished day one four shots behind joint-leaders Alex Noren and Webb Simpson.

Swede Noren is 1000/1 to cap his impressive start to 2018 with a win, while American Simpson is 1000/1.

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