Pebble Beach: Tiger Woods returns to start U.S. 2012 season
And it's not a back kickoff so far, even with a quarterback as a partner. Woods has birdied his first two holes at Spyglass Hill and is 2-under. That's three shots off the lead because Northern Californian Nick Watney has played nine holes so far at Spyglass and he's 5-under.
Yes, the weather is beautiful. The wind is nonexistent.
Woods began his round on the par-four 10th hole and after a picture-perfect drive, his wedge shot hit the stick. A three-foot birdie was almost an anticlimax for the 10-deep gallery.
Tiger, whose swing coach Sean Foley was in the gallery, seemed pleased on the par-5 11th, when Tiger hit another great drive. His approach left Woods a 14-foot putt for eagle. The ball touched the cup but didn't drop. Another anticlimactic birdie.
The tournament leader so far is Watney, also playing Spyglass.
John Huh, the 21-year-old who now lives in Los Angeles and is in in first year on the PGA Tour, is at three-under through 17 on Spyglass. Phil Mickelson, who has continually said how happy he is with his game this season while not coming close to winning a tournament, is 1-under through four holes at Spyglass.
-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Pebble Beach, Calif.
Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press.