Tiger 3 shots back after opening 69
Wi, Dufner tied for lead after matching 66s
Tiger Woods shot a 3-under-par 69 Thursday and was three shots off the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner were tied for the lead after matching 66s and Nick Watney was alone in second place at 68.
Woods, who was forced to withdraw from his last event at Doral on March 11 due to tightness in his Achilles tendon, was among seven players bunched at 69.
A six-time winner of the event, Woods got off to a fast start with three birdies in his first seven holes but managed only one birdie the rest of the way after a bogey on his eighth hole.
"I didn't really do anything great today," Woods said. "I was just solid all day. I drove the ball well, hit my irons decent and putted all right. It's just one of those days where not a lot was going on."
Wie had seven birdies, including three on the last five holes, to grab a share of the lead. Dufner moved to the top of the leaderboard with an eagle at the par-3 16th.
Anthony Kim offset four bogeys with five birdies and a hole-in-one to join the logjam that included Woods, Justin Rose, K.J. Choi and Bubba Watson.
Phil Mickelson had an eventful day, carding a pair of double bogeys in his round of 73.