Tiger Woods opens Valspar Championship with 1-under 70

Tiger Woods grabs share of lead at Valspar Championship

Woods, who started on the back nine, birdied his third and fourth holes before adding another pair on the back nine.

The 14-time major champion was four under through 14 holes of his second round on Friday, which left him in the outright lead at five under par.

Another gain at the fifth, his 14th, left Woods as outright leader but a poor approach shot at the last, which hit a spectator's handbag, was followed with a clunked chip that fortuitously slowed after hitting the pin.

Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson, two of the top players in the game while Tiger sat on the shelf the past few years, had to make desperate late pushes to try and make the cut.

Legitimately competing for a tournament championship is yet another step for Woods on his journey back.

Showing glimpses of the verve and creativity that brought him 14 major championships before a serious back injury, Woods carded a one-under-par 70 to end the day equal eighth at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

"Today was a good day".

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Yes, I know that sounds insane to say, but if there is one course that Woods knows how to not only minimize his mistakes but take advantage of, it's Augusta National. Woods was able to play the vaunted "Snake Pit" (holes 16, 17 and 18) in 1-under-par thanks to his miraculous shot at 16.

The last time Woods opened an PGA Tour tournament with an under-par round? "There was a lot of guessing, and I guessed pretty good".

"It was hard again, and when we started it was cold", Woods said.

Woods - now ranked 388 in the world - last won at the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013 but looks to be building on his 12th-place finish at the Honda Classic in February.

"Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going, " said Watney, winless since August 2012.

As a Tiger homer, and someone who has continuously said that Tiger isn't done yet even through all the questions regarding his health, this pleases me greatly.

'I needed a little bit more tournament time in and I've done that. I don't have a problem posting scores.

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