Tiger cards 2-under 70 in 1st round of Memorial Tournament
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Tiger Woods posted a 2-under 70 in Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament on Thursday, his first appearance since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Looking healthier than he did at Bethpage Black, Tiger played his first 13 holes at even par with one birdie.

He then kicked into another gear for his closing stretch on the more difficult back-nine of Muirfield Village Golf Club. Woods birdied three of his final five holes - but added a bogey - to get to 2-under, five shots behind the clubhouse leader, Ryan Moore.

Tiger, a five-time winner of the Memorial, hit 11 of 14 fairways while averaging 292.4 yards off the tee. However, his iron game wasn't as sharp as usual, as he managed to hit just 10 of 18 greens in regulation.

Still, he beat his playing partners, Justin Rose (3-over) and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (2-over), by a considerable margin.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth posted a 6-under 66, backed by a remarkable short game and putting, to sit one back of Moore after 18 holes.

Woods' second round will begin Friday at 1:16 p.m. ET.

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