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Woods wound up wet again on the 18th, settling for a bogey after finding a creek that slides along the hole's left side.
When Woods came up short on a 10-footer to save par on No. 1, he was 4 over through 10 holes.
Woods kept his cool through his struggles -- he was criticized for foul language at Augusta -- and eventually tapped into the game that made him the world's No. 1 player.
He started a rally on the second hole with a birdie, then continued it with two more on the fifth and eight holes. Once again, though, an ill-struck shot cost him as he overshot the ninth green and took a closing bogey.
Despite the troubles, Woods pointed to his improved play down the stretch as a reason to believe he won't be packing up the clubs early.
"Hopefully, I can be the guy who puts together a good round tomorrow," he said.
Mickelson withdrew from the pro-am Wednesday, dealing with an illness he had for a couple of days. He appeared ready to go in the opening round, rising to 4 under after a birdie on the 15th hole. However, Mickelson said that's when the hills at Quail Hollow Club began to wear him down.
"I don't quite have the energy yet, but I think this weekend I'll feel great," Mickelson said.
Van Pelt used a refurbished putter that helped him to a third-place finish two weeks ago at the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island. Here, Van Pelt made seven birdies without a bogey.
"It's just converting on some of those opportunities," Van Pelt said.
Perry was the only one to catch Van Pelt after an eagle on the par-5 seventh. He followed that with a bogey one hole later to fall into second.
Woods, too, hopes to take advantage after letting several get away in the opening round.
"The course can be had," Woods said.
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