Woods stepped onto the first tee at a golf tournament for the first time in 466 days Thursday, and 90 minutes later he was leading a star-studded field in the Bahamas that includes six of the top 10 players in the world. The 898th-ranked player - who joked a few days ago that he hopes to stay in the top 1,000 - made his first birdie in more than a year on the third hole, then carded three consecutive birdies starting at the par-5 sixth.
Woods needed eight holes to grab a share of the lead at 4-under par (Matt Kuchar quickly dropped to 5-under), but he followed it up with a poor drive on the 9th hole that left him with an awkward side-hill lie in waist-high brush. He recovered and gave himself a chance to get up-and-down for par, but hit a shocking pitch and carded a bogey.
Woods got himself into trouble off the tee a few times on the back nine, carding a bogey at the 11th and a double-bogey on the 16 to drop back to 1-under for the round. At the par-4 18th hole, Woods hit his drive into the water left of the hole and finished with a second double-bogey in three holes.