Tiger Woods trails by six after putting woes at Quail Hollow

His comeback is compelling from a sporting perspective but Tiger Woods' resurgence is like gold dust for golf's PGA Tour

McIlroy and Thomas have fond memories of Quail Hollow. It was his putter.

Getty Tiger Woods will be back in action at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods couldn't navigate the greens here, which were replaced leading up to last year's PGA Championship and have significant bounce to them on approach shots. They feel springy and they feel fast, especially as I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way. I just need to hit fairways because the course is really long. He's part of an intriguing group that also includes Masters champion Patrick Reed, who's also playing his first tournament since Augusta, and 2017 US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who's playing his first solo tournament since January after missing more than three months with a wrist injury. And when it finally came to an end Thursday evening, after more than five hours of toiling around the course, Woods' round began the exact same way it ended. Even in a round that ended back at square one, that proved to be good enough to keep Woods in the hunt ... or at least to make the cut, which he hasn't done his past two tournaments at Quail Hollow. He needed 31 putts in the first round. Then, after hitting his best shot of the day from a fairway bunker on the 18th hole, an 8-iron from 181 yards to nine feet, he missed the putt. His third birdie of the day came on the par-4 15th. "A lot longer and it's gotten more hard".

Woods will look to correct his putting woes when his second round gets underway Friday at 7:40 a.m. ET.

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Tiger Woods struggled to adjust to slow greens as he slipped six strokes behind American leader John Peterson in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina on Thursday.

"The way this golf course is set up, and the way it's playing right now, the guys are going to be stacked", he said. "We're gonna go to the putting green and regroup and hopefully get better with the putter". "There's going to be probably, I'm guessing, 15 guys or so with a chance on Sunday".

Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow previous year, and Woods said the changes leading up to that event have made the course significantly longer and several holes are "more stout". I think you can see the Tiger effect in plenty of the tournaments that he's been at, from ticket sales to the amount of people viewing on TV. But Woods' second-place finish at the Valspar Championship in March delivered a whopping 5.1 rating, the biggest non-major round since 2013.

But Woods clawed his way around the hard track in Thursday's sun-splashed first round to stay in touch with the leaders.

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