Tiger Woods makes strong start at PGA event at Bay Hill

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Tiger Woods really is back.

A 11-foot par putt on No. 9 wrapped up a thrilling day for Woods, who is in contention for the second week in a row after finishing T2 at the Valspar Championship last week. After his first seven holes, Goydos was briefly tied with Woods, one stroke off the early lead held by Jimmy Walker.

Woods, who is working his way back after undergoing back surgery in April previous year, is competing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, and he's certainly justifying his position as pre-tournament favourite.

"I love being on top when Tiger's around", Reed said.

"Well, you look at the two poles and I'm out by probably three, four, five inches", said Woods, although his response - birdies at three of the four, including a mammoth 70-footer for birdie on the seventh - ensured he would remain very much in the thick of the action.

Few players are as aware of the narrative that drives the media beast as Rory McIlroy.

Stenson, who missed the cut last week after playing alongside Woods, fired nine birdies and a solitary bogey in his 64, with seven of the birdies coming in an eight-hole stretch from the ninth.

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Also grouped with 14-time major victor Woods is 2016 Bay Hill victor Jason Day.

McDowell's home comforts - he lives in the area, at Lake Nona where he also has a successful restaurant - and familiarity with Bay Hill have ensured some good performances in the past, including two runner-up finishes.

With Phil Mickelson winning the WGC-Mexico Championship at 47 and Woods edging closer to what could go down as the greatest golfing comeback of all time at 42, McIlroy and the rest of the tour's young guns will be keen to show they can still play a bit with four of the world's top 10 - Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day - in a field featuring 24 of the top 50. My sort of history here's been a little up-and-down.

Pádraig Harrington opened with a 71.

Unfortunately for Shane Lowry, the 18th inflicted a harsher penalty.

But nobody can take away that hole-out eagle on his final shot of the day.