Tiger Woods cards career-best 65 at TPC Sawgrass

Fowler finished tied-60th at the 2017 Players Championship

Fowler finished tied-60th at the 2017 Players Championship

Woods took advantage of warm weather, soft greens and little wind by making birdies at three of the first four holes.

Woods drained a 17-footer on the fifth and further birdies followed at seven and nine, where he two-putted from 40 feet.

And Woods is not stopping there, as he hopes to continue to rebuilding his game: "Eventually, I want to put all of the pieces together. I hit a lot of, overall, the whole day, a lot of quality shots and 65 was probably as high as I could have shot today, which was kind of nice". I hit some shots in the correct spots, which was nice. I hit the ball much better during warm-up.

Woods set career lows for nine and 18 holes and finished at 8-under-par 208.

His only complaint was not keeping it rolling.

Woods still had the course record of 63 in his sights as he began the tough last three-hole stretch.

He pushed his drive into thick rough at the hard par-4 14th and ended up with his lone bogey of the day.

The 14-time major victor, fit again after an injury-enforced spell off the tour, had struggled off the tee over the first two days and did not have too many realistic birdie chances.

"To be eight-under through 12, realistically I probably could have got a couple more out of it and got to 10 under for the day".

In the middle of a comeback that has seen both ups and downs on both the greens and off the tee, Woods managed to hit 15/18 greens and had over 99 feet of putts.

But the biggest different was his putting. It was nice to see a few putts go in.

On the 523-yard par-5 16th hole, Kuchar reached the green in 3 and sunk a sub 1-foot putt for birdie. This was really solid today with the putter inside 15 feet, and that just makes you more comfortable. "That was basically the difference", he said.

"As I've told you guys this week, I've got my playing feels back and it's just a matter of playing and executing and putting shots together", Woods said. "I felt I had better control of hitting it right-to-left and left-to-right, and consequently today I was able to shape the golf ball both ways and started to control it a little bit better today". The effort kicked off a number of "first since" accolades: best score of the season, first 65 on Tour in almost three years and his lowest score to par since his most recent victory at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods figured his stay near the top of the leaderboard would be a short one, with the leaders expected to push him back down later in the day.

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