And despite a front-nine wobble that included bogeys at the third, fifth and seventh holes, world No 1 Woods roared to a 3 and 2 victory - thanks in part to an eagle at the par-five 13th. Woods, 33, said: "I got off to a great start but there were some loose shots that followed in the middle of the round before I got it back on the 13th.
"Overall, I'm very pleased. On the first tee I said to my caddie, Stevie Williams, that it felt like business as usual. I thought I'd be more nervous than I was. My knee held up well. I thought it would be stiffer but it felt good.