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Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 16th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Tiger Woods falls near bottom of leaderboard in first round of season

- Associated Press

In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years — and only his second tournament in six months — Woods couldn’t hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.

Tiger Woods tees off from the fourth hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods ties for last but feels healthy in return to action

- Associated Press

Except for flu-like symptoms on Saturday, Woods said he went 72 holes without feeling any pain in his back. He had back surgery a week before the Masters, and then took off the last four months to strengthen his muscle structure.

Tiger Woods covers his face as he waits to putt on the fifth green during the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods’ struggles continue in return to action

- Associated Press

Woods is playing for the first time since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He took nearly four months off to strengthen his muscle structure, and during the time away, he hired a new swing coach. His swing looks fine. His short game does not.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. The last time Tiger Woods was seen at a golf tournament was at the PGA Championship when he missed the cut. He returns this week at the Hero World Challenge in Windermere, Fla.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Tiger Woods back on Tour for first time since PGA Championship

- Associated Press

Woods is playing in his Hero World Challenge, which starts Thursday in his old neighborhood of Isleworth. It will be his first competition since he missed the cut on Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He wanted to make sure his body was stronger.

John Daly, left, high fives with teammate Phil  Mickelson after Mickelson birdied the third hole to put their team up against Tiger Woods and Hank Kuehne at the Battle At the Bridges Monday Aug. 2, 2004 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

John Daly: Woods or Mickelson should captain 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team

Associated Press

“Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine. Phil seems to thrive on Ryder Cup competition, does well when he plays. He knows everything about the Ryder Cup, so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. We’ve had playing captains over the years, so why not in 2016?”

Bubba Watson of the U.S. celebrates after making an eagle from a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2014. Watson captured his first World Golf Championship. (AP Photo)

Bubba Watson takes Shanghai title after frenzied finish

- Associated Press

Watson closed with a 2-under 70, a score that doesn’t even begin to describe his wild ride — an eagle, birdie, par, bogey and double bogey filled his scorecard over the last five holes.

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Ted Bishop resigns as PGA president

- Associated Press

Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.

US team captain Tom Watson attends a press conference after Europe won the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Tom Watson takes blame for U.S. Ryder Cup loss

- Associated Press

“I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup,” Watson said in a statement issued Saturday through the PGA of America. “My intentions throughout my term as captain were both to inspire and to be honest.”

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Brooks Koepka tees off on the fifth hole during the final round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Koepka rallies to win Phoenix Open for maiden PGA Tour title

- Associated Press

With an eagle putt that looked as long as his golf journey around the world, Brooks Koepka surged into the lead and stayed there Sunday with a 5-under 66 to capture the Phoenix Open for his first PGA Tour victory.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

McIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic

Associated Press

An unrelenting Rory McIlroy secured his second Dubai Desert Classic title in six years with a 2-under 70 in the final round to win by three shots on Sunday.

Tiger Woods acknowledges the gallery on the ninth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger

- Associated Press

Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting.

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- Associated Press

For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open.

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Martin Laird reacts after hitting his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Laird takes a 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open

- Associated Press

Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump.

Zach Johnson hits his approach shot on the second hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

An ace like no other for Francesco Molinari

- Associated Press

Francesco Molinari of Italy had to return Saturday morning to finish his second round at the Phoenix Open, and he couldn't believe the number of people who filed into the grandstands at the par-3 16th hole just as the sun was rising over the TPC Scottsdale.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits from the ninth tee during the third round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Ocala, Fla. (AP Photo/The Star-Banner, Bruce Ackerman)

Lydia Ko takes No. 1 spot at 17, Na Yeon Choi wins opener

- Associated Press

During a closing stretch that featured one of the more tumultuous final hours in recent LPGA Tour history, teen wunderkind Lydia Ko faced a series of tough predicaments. But a query that came after the final round gave her the biggest pause of all.

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the 11th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

A sluggish start for Tiger Woods in Phoenix

- Associated Press

Four holes into his first tournament of the year, Tiger Woods already was 4-over par and 10 shots out of the lead in the Phoenix Open.

Bubba Watson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Phil Mickelson misses cut in Phoenix Open

- Associated Press

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Friday in the Phoenix Open, failing to advance for the sixth time in 26 appearances at TPC Scottsdale.

Keegan Bradley reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 9th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Woods stumbles with chipping in return to golf

- Associated Press

Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

Tiger Woods catches his golf ball on the ninth green during the pro-am for the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Spieth ready for big show _ Phoenix and Tiger

- Associated Press

Tiger Woods faced dozens of reporters and cameras, a big gathering in a crowded section outside the clubhouse at the TPC Scottsdale. Just then, Jordan Spieth walked on a path above the staging area and smiled when he saw the scene.