Honda Classic 2012: Tiger Woods 7 Shots Back At 1-Over

Tiger Woods got off to a great start at the 2012 Honda Classic, but wasn't able to capitalize, finishing Thursday's opening round at 1-over 71, seven shots back of the leader.

After a birdie on the first hole, Woods gave it back with back-to-back bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes. He birdied the ninth to get back to even par at the turn. A birdie on 10 gave him new life, but a bogey on 12 brought him right back to even. He would bogey once more to end the day on the wrong side of par.

"I didn't get a whole lot out of my round," Woods said. "I hit the ball a lot better than I scored and I certainly putted well, and I didn't hardly get anything out of the round. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better."

Even though he didn't get the results he wanted, Woods was pleased with his performance on the greens.

"I hit a lot of pure putts today," he said. "They rolled over a lot of edges. They just didn't quite go in. But wasn't disappointed with my lines. A couple bad reads out there. The grain kind of snagged it harder or less than I expected, but overall I hit the ball very good with my putts."


GOLF.com: Honda Classic Live Leaderboard


Davis Love III is the leader so far, posting a 6-under 64. He's two shots ahead of five players currently at 4-under, including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

Ian Poulter, who was supposed to be a part of Tiger Woods' group, withdrew from the tournament due to an undisclosed illness. Miguel Angel Carballo moved into his spot alongside Woods and Lee Westwood.

For more on the Honda Classic, check out SB Nation's golf blog Waggle Room and SB Nation's golf hub.

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