Since that time, Quail Hollow underwent alterations in advance of the 2017 PGA Championship, including a different strain of grass on the greens.
"I've struggled with the greens being as slow as they are", Woods said after shooting a 2-over 73 on Friday.
Beginning on the back nine, Woods failed to capitalise on the par-five 10th and opened with a two-putt par before missing from nine feet to save par at the 11th. Then he holed a 56-degree wedge from 107 yards in the fairway for eagle on the next hole. "I'm gonna try to get a little mroe hit in the stroke", he said. He didn't birdie any of the par 5s after being in greenside bunkers on two of them and leaving himself a 6-foot birdie putt on the other. His chip checked up about 8 feet short of the cup and he missed that.
Peterson, 29, has a new baby at home in Texas, and he might retire if he doesn't reach the thresholds necessary to retain his PGA Tour card.
"I'm kind of free-wheeling it at this point", he said. "If I don't make it, I'm not playing golf anymore". He at least should get two more days to figure it out.
But the 42-year-old was left wondering what might have been.
The American complemented those two stand-out holes with three birdies and only one bogey.
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"I've hit it good enough to be right up next to that lead", Woods said.
But it's early, and he knows that from experience.
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It showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens. Rory McIlroy is in a group at 3 under par. Paul Casey and Jason Day were among seven players at 69.
Woods, healthy again after a spinal fusion more than a year ago, is playing his seventh tournament of the year. "We're all going to be close".
One thing he's looking to get back is his iron play, which let him down at Augusta National.
The former world No 1 saw a run of pars ended with a three-putt bogey from inside 20 feet at the par-three sixth, with Woods squandering a birdie opportunity from six feet at the par-five next.
It was a tough adjustment for Woods and everyone else.
"When they're springy, firm but a little on the slower side, that's not what you would expect".
"I've had ample time to make the adjustment, I just haven't and I'm struggling with putting that much hit into my stroke", he said.
"I just need to make some putts".
He was tied for 35th, his worst position after the opening round since he was tied for 61st at Riviera in February.
The 79-times PGA Tour victor who needs three more wins to match Sam Snead's all-time record used a new set of irons, but it was the flatstick that caused his problems.
"I don't see him retiring anytime soon", Peterson said with a smile. He has four months left in the season. "He can obviously still play with everybody out here".