Woods is looking for a second straight win at Bay Hill and his eighth overall there. (Cannon/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is in pursuit of his eighth career win at Bay Hill. Only one other player -- Sam Snead -- has won the same event that many times.
Woods, the defending champion here, was off early Thursday with an 8:05 a.m. ET tee time. He's playing alongside Ernie Els and Justin Rose. Check here for updates from his round throughout the day. You can also follow him live on Shot Tracker and watch our LIVE@ coverage on Nos. 10 and 12.
1:10 p.m.: In two of Tiger Woods' seven wins at Bay Hill, he has opened with a 3-under 69. That includes last year's win when he finished at 13 under.
1 p.m.: Woods finished his round with two consecutive pars, giving him a 3-under 69 to open the defense of his title at Bay Hill. That's the 13th time in 16 starts in this event since turning pro that Woods has posted a sub-par round in the first round. It was a good start but he's still four shots behind playing partner Justin Rose, who opened with a 7-under 65.
12:30 p.m: Tiger dropped a shot at the par-3 seventh when he found the bunker with his tee shot and couldn't get up-and-down for par, missing his par putt just outside of 9 feet. He's now 3 under on his round.
12:15 p.m.: Make it three straight birdies for Woods, who missed the green long on his second at the par-5 sixth only to pitch up to 9 feet and make the putt. Woods is now 4 under and within two of leader Justin Rose, who is playing in the same group as Woods. Rose, too, has made three straight birdies and has five overall to go with an eagle and a bogey.
12 p.m.: Woods just made his second straight birdie, pouring in an 18-footer on the par-4 fifth hole to get to 3 under on the day. Up next is his final par 5 of the day. Woods is two off the current lead of Justin Rose.
11:38 a.m.: With two par 5s remaining, Woods took advantage of the first one, laying up to 136 yards on the fourth hole before hitting his approach to 11 feet and making the putt. It was just the second birdie of the day for Woods, who also has an eagle and a bogey on the card. He's hit just five of 10 fairways and eight of 13 greens, and he hasn't given himself a ton of birdie looks with only one approach inside 10 feet and four inside 15 feet.
10:55 a.m.: It's been an uneventful couple of holes so far on the front nine for Woods. After pushing it right off the tee on No. 1, he laid up, pitched to 10 feet and made the par putt. On the par-3 second, Woods was short of the green, leaving his ball just outside a greenside bunker before pitching up to 6 feet and making the putt. The good news for Woods is he's still just two strokes off the early lead, and he has a couple of par 5s coming up in Nos. 4 and 6.
10:30 a.m.: A second straight bogey by Woods has dropped him to 1 under after he drove it in the right rough on the par-4 18th, layed up short of the green and two-putted from 7 feet. So far, Woods has made just two putts over 3 feet and he's taken 15 putts through his first nine holes. Justin Rose, meanwhile, continues to sit atop the board at 3 under, but he has company with three others at the moment.
10:10 a.m.: Woods' spot atop the leaderboard was short-lived after he dumped his tee shot on the 211-yard par-3 17th into a greenside bunker. He left himself a 14-footer to save par and missed it to drop back to 2 under after his first bogey of the day. Playing partner Justin Rose, meanwhile, made his 18-footer for birdie on the hole and is now 3 under and in the lead.
9:55 a.m.: With the 501-yard par-5 16th playing more like a par than a par, Woods hit his approach shot from 150 yards to 13 feet to set up an eagle putt, which he made. Woods is now 3 under and atop the leaderboard as he nears the turn at Bay Hill.
9:40 a.m.: So far, Woods has hit three of five fairways and five of six greens in regualtion. What does he have to show for it? Just one birdie and five pars through his first six holes on the back nine at Bay Hill. His latest birdie attempt came on the 15th, where he hit his approach shot to just over 20 feet before running the putt by. Not that he's given himself a ton of looks -- only two of his approach shots have been inside 20 feet.
9:20 a.m.: Woods had a good look at birdie for the second time in the last three holes when he hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th to 8 feet. The putt missed wide left, however, and he had to settle for par to stay at 1 under. Things are going quite the opposite for Els -- he's 5 over through five holes after three straight bogeys to open his round and a double bogey on No. 14, where he missed the green left then three-putted from 34 feet. Meanwhile, Pat Perez has moved to the top of the leaderboard at 2 under after birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.
9 a.m.: Woods teed off on the back nine here at Bay Hill, where he parred his first two holes before making a birdie on the par-5 12th. Despite pulling his second shot way left on the 558-yard hole, Woods got up-and-down for birdie when he pitched to 18 feet and made the putt.