Quicken Loans National Tiger Woods happy to recover after slow start

It was looking like another doom-and-gloom day for Tiger Woods, but the former number one turned it around at the Quicken Loans National.

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Tiger Woods put his first-round recovery at the Quicken Loans National down to finding the greens in regulation.

The tournament host at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club got off to a horror start when he carded three bogeys in his first four holes, but was flawless thereafter - sinking six birdies to round out a three-under 68.

It was just the seventh time in 27 rounds this season that Woods broke 70, and the former world number one said he was pleased with his approach work.

"The last time I did it is probably Augusta," Woods said, as reported by PGATour.com.

"That's what scoring is all about. You got to score and I made a lot of key putts today.

"I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around.

"It was nice to actually turn it around."

Woods carded four straight birdies to start his back nine with a bang, and the 14-time major winner even sounded like he surprised himself with his flurry.

"I've been playing well, hitting the golf ball well," Woods said.

"Feel like my putting has been good. Just stay patient, just stay with it and it will turn if I stay patient, which I did and, I mean, I had a run there."

Stealing the headlines from Woods on day one in Virginia were Ryo Ishikawa, the co-leader, and Rickie Fowler, after the pair both had hole-in-ones.

Ishikawa graciously credited Fowler with the better of the aces.

"Ninth hole was tougher than fourth hole so I think Rickie hit a seven or eight-iron, I think, but that's [a tough] hole location on ninth," the Japanese said.

"I think that's a better shot, better than me, obviously.

"I don't know why there's so many hole-in-ones."

Ishikawa and Fowler took the count of season aces to 38, six shy of the record 44 set in 1994.

Fowler's feat saw him walk off the course without another shot, as he sunk his tee shot on his final hole of the day while Ishikawa's came on the back nine also, when he pitched his tee shot on the par-three fourth past the hole, and rolled it back in.

There is little doubt as to who celebrated better, either - Fowler sending a bucket full of beers to the media room after his ace.

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