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May 3 2012

11:23 PM

Woods: ‘It’s still within reach’

Woods interview after Round 1 of Wells Fargo

Following his opening-round 71, Tiger Woods talks about his play with Doug Bell from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first round of the Wells Fargo Championship was a tale of two nines for Tiger Woods.

He made too many mistakes on the front but found a bit of rhythm on the back. The result was a round of 71 that left Woods in red numbers but still six strokes off the pace set by one of his playing partners, Webb Simpson, along with Stewart Cink and Ryan Moore.

"I did play good on the back," said Woods, who turned in 37 but made two birdies on the homeward stretch. "I gave up too many shots on the front nine, though. I didn't get up and down a couple times and made a couple bad shots on the wrong side of the hole. Even on 10, you can't miss it right, and I missed it right.

"I've just got to play the par 5s better (he only birdied two) and obviously miss them on the correct sides. I just didn't do that today."

Woods, who hadn't played competitively since that disappointing tie for 40th at the Masters, was hoping to get off to a positive start on Thursday. He hit his tee shot over the green, though and ended up missing an 8-footer for par "so there goes that idea," Woods said.

"You try and build, try and find a rhythm in the round. It's a little bit different than being at home, obviously, and I found it probably by the third hole."

Woods said he was looking forward to Friday's 8 a.m. tee time where "we've got some fresh greens. It was pretty interesting today. The greens looked quick but they putt slow, so we were talking about that all day."

All in all, Woods, who won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2007 and has two other top-four finishes, wasn't too disappointed. Unlike at the Masters, where the four-time champion didn't break par in four rounds, he was able to make the "game adjustments" he needed on the back nine.

"It's still within reach, obviously," Woods said. "We've got a long way to go, and we've got some rain coming probably on the weekend, so we're going to have to go get it. The scores are going to be probably a lot lower."

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