Tiger Woods at Arnold Palmer

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A record eight-time victor of the Palmer event, Woods sits just one shot off clubhouse leader Jimmy Walker.

If Woods was to produce some of his old magic, it is hardly surprising it came a Bay Hill where he has won a PGA Tour record equalling eight times.

Tigermania was back at Bay Hill as Woods climbed to the top of the early first-round leaderboard when he rolled in a monster 71-foot birdie putt on the seventh to spark a massive roar from the crowd. "That's just because I've got my feels back again".

"To be able to win this tournament and to have Arnold there and to shake his hand and for him to give me a big hug and a couple of times he says: 'I called it, I knew you were going to make that putt'".

"From the time I was there as an amateur to my first win and to my other wins there as well, I just love playing Augusta National". On Thursday, Woods sits tied for second with Patrick Reed at -4.

Grouped with Woods was 2016 Bay Hill victor Jason Day, who struggled to a 73 courtesy of averaging 51 feet from the hole on approach shots.

Goydos has 11 more years and seven fewer Arnold Palmer Invitational titles than Woods, whose quick return to championship form Goydos had all but predicted last November.

His Valspar performance last week filled both golf fans and Woods with hope as the Masters, the first major of the year, nears next month.

"I hit some handsome shots out there today and I was rolling it really good too", Stenson told Sky Sports. Woods ended with a par at 17 and 18 to go bogey-free through nine.

The resulting double bogey left McIlroy alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose on three under, Rose having recovered from being four over par after six holes with seven birdies in the next 10. Just keep getting better. "Just take a different perspective over it is all I'm asking".

"A lot of people are excited about how Tiger's starting to show signs in the right direction, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun over the next two days".

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