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Tiger Woods twirls his club after 'vintage' approach shot

Tiger Woods twirls his club after 'vintage' approach shot

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Canadian Corey Conners leads the way at Innisbrook heading into the second round in Florida.

Woods' tee shot at the 215-yard 17th hole on Thursday almost hit the pin, and what made the shot more memorable was the little twirl of the club by Woods immediately after the shot.

Conners, who only made the field after another qualifier withdrew, leads the tournament after shooting a 4-under 67.

Kelly Kraft, Nick Watney and South Korea's Whee Kim are tied for second at 3 under, while Keegan Bradley, Scotland's Russell Knox and Jimmy Walker share the fifth spot at 2 under.

The Tiger Woods Hype Train is in full steam following the first round of the 2018 Valspar Championship.

This was his first time playing the Valspar Championship, and it got his attention.

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"I enjoy when par is a good score, it's a reward".

"I felt fine after that shot", Woods said. There are some tournaments when [after] about four holes you don't make a birdie and you feel like you're behind. "That's how hard it is".

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy three-putted the 18th hole and finished at 3-over 74, his fifth consecutive round above par.

Former world number one Spieth - the 2015 victor - made five bogeys on the front nine and, while he steadied, it was only enough for a five-over 76. He's played 10 events, making the cut in nine of them but hasn't finished any higher than 29th.

It was not such smooth sailing for some of the other big names, with Rory McIlroy battling to a 74 in his first round at the Copperhead course, while Jordan Spieth had five bogeys in a seven-hole stretch en route to a 76. There was a chill in the Florida air, and the wind made it feel colder. Fans lined both sides of every fairway, waiting hours just to get a glimpse of Woods in his first appearance at the event. He went through Monday qualifying and shot 71, but moments after walking off the course, he was told he got in as an alternate. "So, yeah, it was obviously a great feeling to get into the field and kind of had a mindset of trying to take advantage of sort of a good break".

Woods got off to a dream start on the 560-yard par-five first hole, reaching the green in three to set up a tap-in for an easy birdie. I hit a lot of good iron shots today, and I had some good speed on the putts.

Walker (69) and past Innisbrook champion Luke Donald (70) managed to go bogey-free, a rarity on a day like this. Meyer's round puts him in 8th place, tied with a large group of players that includes Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.