The fans weren't coming for reigning U.S Open champion Brooks Koepka, who is recovering from a torn tendon in his wrist.
"I got away from the game, didn't touch a club, didn't make a golf swing", Woods told ESPN's Bob Harig. "I think he just did wonderfully".
"I'm excited to get back out there", he added on his website. What I was feeling and sending just didn't match up.
His dropped shot at the 10th harkened back to one of his biggest problems in the Masters-an inability to capitalize on par fives, which was his bread and butter during his prime.
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Woods couldn't navigate the greens here, which were replaced leading up to last year's PGA Championship and have significant bounce to them on approach shots. That first range ball, I had a wedge in hand and nearly shanked it, but kind of saved it last minute. "I'm right there. If I make a couple putts, I'd be 2 or 3-under par, which is fine". The support's been incredible.
"My back wasn't fused". "These were all unknowns". These were all unknowns and it wasn't that long ago so yeah I'm very thankful.
"Now, of course, I'm driving it great and struggling a bit with my irons, " Woods said.
"Soon as I'm done talking with you guys".
Woods entered the week ranked eighth on Tour in strokes gained: putting and 152 in strokes gained: off-the-tee.
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During the Valspar Championship in March he recorded the year's fastest club head speed on Saturday at 129.2 miles per hour, and he now ranks third on Tour with a 121.9 miles per hour average club head speed.
"We have been working closely with Tiger on the development and refinement of a set of TaylorMade irons that meet his precise standards and preferences", the company said in a statement. It was slow motion. "I haven't played here in six years or so". It's kind of neat.
This week marks Woods' first time at Quail Hollow since he missed the cut in 2012.
Woods has failed to make the cut in his previous two trips to Quail, making the tournament the only non-major where Woods has failed to make the cut a few times in his entire career.
"It's taken a while for us to make small, subtle changes", said Woods. "It's longer, but it's also more hard". "They feel springy and they feel fast, especially when I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way". That first range ball, I had a wedge in hand and nearly shanked it, but kind of saved it last minute. These greens are tough to hit from the fairway let alone the rough. You got to have that self belief.
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