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Live blog: Tiger Woods Rd. 1 at Genesis Open

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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is back in action in Thursday's first round of the Genesis Open. It's his second start of the PGA TOUR season in his return after a year-long absence following back surgery. You can follow Tiger's round live with hole-by-hole coverage below, along with live commentary from Riviera. PGA TOUR LIVE will provide live streaming coverage of Tiger's group that also includes reigning FedExCup champ Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Tee time is 10:22 a.m. ET. Rd. 1: Tiger Woods hole-by-hole 10 (par 4, 309 yards): Smart play by Tiger to lay up left short of the bunker. He follows with a terrific wedge shot from 87 yards that finishes 9 feet, 1 inch from the hole. Solid birdie putt to get his round going. Score: 1 under. 11 (par 5, 589 yards): Tiger's first use of driver does not go well. His tee shot sails right into the trees, and he fails to find the ball; not sure if it was lost in the trees or the high grass. After taking a penalty shot, he retees and finds the fairway, then lays up with his next shot. His pitch from 97 yards finishes inside 10 feet, but he fails to drain the putt, and has to tap in for double bogey 7. Score: 1 over. 12 (par 4, 475 yards): Another poor tee shot that sails right into the trees and drops into the primary rough. Left with a tricky approach shot, Tiger tries to curve it around the trees and finds the bottom of the front greenside bunker. His third shot rolls off the green, and he opts to use putter from 42 feet, 4 inches. He taps in for bogey. Score: 2 over. 13 (par 4, 450 yards): Tiger opts for 3-wood off the tee, and this time safely finds the fairway -- 320 yards away. Might be seeing more of that club the rest of the way. His approach from 130 yards leaves him a birdie putt of 14 feet, 2 inches, and he drains it for birdie. Score: 1 over. 14 (par 3, 183 yards): A 7-iron tee shot finds the back of a shallow green, and he follows with two putts from 38 feet, 10 inches for his first par of the round.  15 (par 4, 481 yards): Another driver, another tee shot that sails right into the eucalyptus trees, as he finds the primary rough short of the fairway bunker. His approach from 214 yards does well to find the fringe almost 56 feet from the pin. Opting to putt, Tiger's gall finds the swale of the green and drifts away from the pin. His par putt from 15 feet clips the left edge of the cup, leaving a tap-in for bogey. Score: 2 over. 16 (par 3, 162 yards): Tiger's tee shot finds the bunker, short right of the green. He does well with an awkward lie near the back lip, splashing out to inside 6 feet. His par putt circles the lip and drops in.  17 (par 5, 608 yards): Finally! Tiger's driver finds the fairway down the left side. He lays up short of the bunker on his second shot. From 100 yards, he hits a nifty wedge to 5 feet, then drains the birdie. Score: 1 over

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