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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Tiger Woods back in action at Bridgestone (updated)


Tiger Woods hits from a bunker on the second fairway. (Amy Sancetta / AP)

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

It grows ... interestinger. Adam Scott finished the day at 8-under 62 and is in sole possession of the lead, one stroke up on Jason day. After sinking a lengthy putt for birdie on the par-4 17th hole, he and caddie Steve Williams did a gentle little fist bump.

Meanwhile, Williams’ former boss, Tiger Woods, has wrappedup his first day of competitive golf since May with a 2-under 68.

“I had no qualms. I hit the ball flush today,” Woods said in a Golf Channel interview as he left the court. “The hard part I had today was controlling my distances. I haven’t been out in this environment in a while and the way I was hitting it, I was hitting it so flush the ball was just going. ... As Darren [Clarke, his playing partner today] would say, ‘I’m hitting some proper shots again.’ ”

Updated at 5:14 p.m.

Well, this is interesting? Adam Scott has birdied 15 to move to 7-under par and into a tie with Jason Day for first.

Adam Scott. Adam Scott. Yeah, the guy whose caddie is ... Steve Williams, the guy was was fired by Tiger Woods about a month ago.

As for Woods, with a birdie on 16, he is at 2-under through 17.

Updated at 4:40 p.m.

Tiger Woods gave up a stroke when he bogeyed the par-4 14th hole, dropping to 1-under.

Nick Faldo explained that Tiger Woods’ Jimmy shoes (see below) are soft and force him to restrain his swing a bit and not just wail on the ball with every swing. Maybe.

Updated at 4:01 p.m.

And another birdie. Tiger Woods is 2-under par through 11 holes.

Updated at 3:42 p.m.

Finally, a birdie. Tiger Woods sinks a putt that drops him to 1-under through 10. He’s six back of leader Jason Day, but ... baby steps.

Updated at 3:19 p.m.

Tiger Woods is merrily parring his way along through eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. More importantly, though, his new shoes — designed to be comfy for his balky Achilles — are positively Seinfeldesque. Remember Jimmy and his special training shoes? Well, that’s what it looks like Woods is wearing.

“Jimmy’s got a new swing! Jimmy’s making a comeback!”

Updated at 1:47 p.m.

Tiger Woods sent his first shot off the tee at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational straight into the fairway bunker, but parred the hole.

Jason Day is the leader in the clubhouse with a 7-under 63.

Follow the leaderboard and check here for periodic updates.

Filed at 1:35 p.m.

It’s a shame that this hasn’t received more attention from the media, but Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf this afternoon.

Tumblin’ Tiger, no longer a top 20 golfer, will tee off momentarily — at 1:40 p.m. — in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club with a new caddie. For the first time in 12 years and 13 major championships, Steve Williams isn’t on the bag, replaced by Woods’ long-time friend, Bryon Bell.

While that should be interesting, it pales in comparison with the fact that Williams will be on the course — as the caddie for Adam Scott, who’ll tee off 20 minutes later.

Woods is playing in a tournament for the first time since May, when he was forced to with draw from the Players because of knee and Achilles injuries.

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