Tiger Woods' Day 1 birdies include 50-footer (!)

Rory McIlroy 'It was a day where you needed to take advantage of the conditions and I felt like I did that pretty well.'

Rory McIlroy 'It was a day where you needed to take advantage of the conditions and I felt like I did that pretty well.'

Shubhankar Sharma has two simple goals to achieve at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and one of them is to gather enough courage and introduce himself to Tiger Woods.

Fresh off his T6 finish at The Open Championship where he hit the lead on Sunday only to fade late, Woods returns to Firestone Country Club for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he has an incredible eight wins.

The sport's most popular golfer appeared to pick up right where he left off.

Woods lamented his only bogey of the day at his last hole, the ninth, where he missed the fairway off the tee and found a bunker.

Yeah, he's still got it.

"You can't find this golf course any easier than we had it today, " said Rory McIlroy, who shot 65. The company next year sponsors the Senior Players Championship at Firestone, while the WGC event moves to Memphis, Tennessee. "Tiger has won it so many times, and then guys like Adam (Scott), Hideki and other great players have won it too, so just to be a part of that is fantastic", added the current leader of the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity standings.

"I want to play well and win tournaments through this".

Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, took the advantage at the hard par-4 18th hole (his ninth) when he drained a 50-foot monster birdie putt to climb to three-under-par and three shots back of Stanley.

"This event has been very special to me over the years, and it's sad to see it leave Firestone", Woods said.

"I grew up watching him win a lot of tournaments here, hitting the shots in the dark. But just the way I made a couple of mistakes there at 11 and 12 ended up costing me the tournament". He started his PGA Tour season in January at No. 647.

Rose, who was due to play alongside Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson over the first two rounds, has not yet confirmed whether he will be fit to play at the PGA Championship next week. "I think a few years back, obviously, I was competing against them, but I always felt like they had something that I didn't have". The most recent of those victories was also the last time Woods won a tournament, back in 2013. "I'm outside of the top eight [who automatically qualify] and I'm going to be there either case [as a vice captain], but I would like to be there as a player as well".

Woods is a long shot to make the team on points, which will be decided after next week's PGA. But there is a strong chance he will be one of captain Jim Furyk's four at-large picks.

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