Stenson's 64 was the lowest opening round at the API since Adam Scott's 62 in 2014.
2016 victor Jason Day and world No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama, back from a six-week layoff for a thumb injury, are joining Woods in the featured group of API's morning wave. "That putt as it came over the ridge it had too much steam on it.luckily it hit the hole or it would have rolled eight feet by".
Woods starts on the back 9 with Hideki and Day, who have both played with him in the past. They go at 8:23 a.m. ET, giving you plenty of time to ignore more of your work before you check out for the NCAA tournament around lunchtime.
The 14-time major champion maintained that momentum in his first round at Bay Hill on Thursday, carding a four-under 68 to put himself in contention again.
But the 30-year-old Queenslander attributed it to poor iron play, averaging 51 feet from the hole on approach shots.
An hour after his opening tee shot at the 10th, Woods was tied for the lead. At the second attempt, he found the fairway but his flawless round on the scorecard was undone and that finishing double-bogey six was the only sour taste of a round that featured improvements.
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That includes four Masters, the last of which came in 2005.
McDowell's home comforts - he lives in the area, at Lake Nona where he also has a successful restaurant - and familiarity with Bay Hill have ensured some good performances in the past, including two runner-up finishes.
"But I understand this golf course".
"To be able to win this tournament and to have Arnold there and to shake his hand and for him to give me a big hug and a couple of times he says: 'I called it, I knew you were going to make that putt'".
Pádraig Harrington opened with a 71.
Unfortunately for Shane Lowry, the 18th inflicted a harsher penalty.
Day is joined at even par by compatriot Curtis Luck early in his round.