Woods himself shot a 4-under 66, scoring birdies on the par-3 third, the par-4 fifth and seventh and both par-5 holes. He bogeyed the eighth, a difficult par 3.
But those scores are indicative of nothing. Players were yukking it up with their generally high-profile partners, experimenting with certain shots and enjoying lenient hole placements.
Most players would take extra putts and other shots while their partners were putting out. Woods was no exception, as he showed extra curiosity about Old White's greenside collection areas.
Woods hit nine of 14 fairways, and was very close on the other five. He missed only four greens and took 29 putts, though he didn't hit a really long one. But on a few holes, he didn't need to - he stuck his approach on No. 5 to about 2 feet, and chipped within a foot on his third shot at the par-5 17th.
By then, the general-public grandstands were nearly full and the standing gallery seemed to be nearly the size of a Thursday or Friday throng. Even though Woods teed off at 7 a.m., about 200 witnessed his first shot.
Look for more than that today, when he goes off the 10th tee at 8:10 a.m. with Webb Simpson and Steve Stricker. On Friday, they go off at 1:20 p.m.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.