Tiger Woods’s first look on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play since 2013 is off to a great begin.
The Large Cat defeated 22-year-old Aaron Smart on the 17th gap at Austin Nation Membership, Three-up.
Woods was the 13th seed within the occasion whereas Smart was 61st. Tiger’s round-robin group mates embody Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay.
Regardless of making a bogey on the primary gap, Woods was in command of the match immediately when Smart made a gap double-bogey. Woods went 2-up on Smart when Smart bogeyed No. 2 and Woods parred.
On the 419-yard par-Four third gap, Smart bought a shot again when he parred and Woods bogeyed after hitting his drive into the left-side fairway bunker, bailing out wanting the inexperienced and failing to get it up and down.
Woods went again to 2-up after Smart three-putted the 171-yard par-Three fourth gap and Woods made par.
The 2 gamers birdied Nos. 5 and 6, then matched once more with pars on No. 7. Woods dropped a shot on the par-Four eighth gap when he missed the inexperienced on the left and did not get it up and down. Smart then sunk a 15-footer for birdie on No. 9 to get again to all sq. on the flip.
Smart drained one other birdie — this one from eight toes — on the 10th gap to take his first lead of the day.
The lead turned out to be short-lived. Tiger answered by making a candy up-and-down on No. 11 to avoid wasting par, whereas Smart three-putted for bogey. Similar to that, the match was again to even with seven holes to play.
Woods and Smart each birdied the par-5 12th gap, then Woods picked up a shot on the 13th when Smart hit his method into the water. Each gamers bogeyed the 14th and Woods went 2-up when Smart additionally bogeyed the 15th, whereas Woods parred.
Shared pars on No. 16 made Woods dormie, and Woods sealed the deal on No. 17 when he made par and Smart bogeyed. That was that, and Woods gained Three-up.
When you have been counting strokes right this moment, Tiger completed at even par whereas Smart was three over par.
Woods’s subsequent opponent is Brandt Snedeker. The 2 will face off on Thursday at 12:32 p.m. ET. Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay’s match led to a tie on Wednesday.
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