Live updates from Tiger Woods' Round 2 at the Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods made five birdies en route to a one-under-par 70 at the Valspar Championship on Thursday

Tiger Woods made five birdies en route to a one-under-par 70 at the Valspar Championship on Thursday. Icon Sportswire Getty

TIGER WOODS HAS made a solid start at the Valspar Championship as Corey Conners grabbed the first-round lead.

Woods made the turn tied with a group that includes Charl Schwartzel, Whee Kim and Kelly Kraft, the latter two still to tee off. Only three other players, including former PGA champion Jimmy Walker, broke 70.

The PGA Tour shifts to Palm Harbor, Florida and the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club fro the Valspar Championship this week.

The first-round leader of the Valspar Championship was expecting a week off. I'll be honest and say I may throw him into a GPP or two but that's about the limit to my exposure this weekend. You are off the fairway you can make a mess of some holes pretty quickly. "... I liked it right away". "That's how hard it is". His first start in the U.S. this year, but his last three starts at Innesbrook were T7-T11-4th.

And with only a handful of tournaments left before the Masters each would surely enjoy a timely boost of momentum before the year's first major.

Henrik Stenson, who played with Spieth and Woods, also shot 74. Tiger Watchers should know that the times reverse for Friday, with those who go off in the afternoon Thursday scheduled for Friday morning.

Innisbrook produced the highest average score for the opening round - 72.86 - of the 23 courses used this season.

So much for that week off: Conners came into the week as the third alternate and shot a 71 at the Monday qualifier-not good enough.

"I drove it well, hit a lot of good iron shots and had some good speed on the putts".

Louis Oosthuizen - Louis Oosthuizen has only played two PGA events this year, but he made the cut both times and finished 30th or better, including a -2 to par in last weeks World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. He has shown steady progress, and this might have been his most steady performance, even with four bogeys.

After his drive bounced on a cart path and clattered deep into the trees, coming to rest on leaves and pine straw, Woods was concerned his club would snap against a nearby pine on his follow-through. Feel free to use him, that is just a personal choice of mine. My forearm hit the tree a little bit.

Recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Woods looked to come close to breaking his arm during a miraculous recovery shot in the first round. An incredible par save at the 16th (that included Woods' arm hitting a tree) and a birdie at the par-3 17th salvaged his round.

For Woods, who is playing in what is likely his penultimate event ahead of the April 5-8 U.S. Masters, the round marked yet another encouraging outing for a player who has seen abrupt injuries make prior comeback attempts short-lived.

Former world number one Spieth - the 2015 victor - made five bogeys on the front nine and, while he steadied, it was only enough for a five-over 76.

"This is a tough golf course".

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