That might have salvaged something from the day.
Attention on the opening day of the TPC Sawgrass tournament centred on the trio of Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler after the high-profile Americans were all grouped together. On a day when most of the field flourished and six tied leaders shot a combined 36 under par, the celebrity threesome had an aggregate 9 over.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing partners at the Players Championship for the first time in 17 years when the pair go head to head during the first two rounds of this year's contest.
Fowler then compounded the error by pulling his next tee shot into the water, resulting in another double-bogey, and that left him too much to do to avoid a missed cut as he signed for a 71, closing on one-over par.
The large-hitting 33-year-old, who final received in January, was tied with fellow People Webb Simpson, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Sweden's Alex Noren.
"I knew I was going to drop a shot, but didn't want to shoot an over-par round", Woods said.
"Yeah, I had 106 there and tried to flight one in there, and geez, I stuck it in the ground and hit it long". We had to be aggressive.
Kim, who previous year was the youngest victor of the Players, joined legendary Jack Nicklaus as the first player since Nicklaus in 1977 to shoot an equal defending champion low first round of 67. He ended up making par each time.
A big run continued to elude Woods on the front nine as he misfired on a handful of mid-range birdie attempts that could have ignited a scoring surge. "There towards the back nine, it started getting a little sparse".
The third member of the previous champions trio Rickie Fowler may exclusively shoot 74, whereas one other big-name triumvirate to misfire was that of Rory McIlroy (71), Jordan Spieth (75) and Justin Thomas (73).
"I didn't quite swing it right today, and I didn't quite have the shape, ball flight", said Woods.
"I actually really like it", said Mickelson, who is brand ambassador and equity holder in the menswear brand Mizzen and Main. Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose all have a mathematical chance of going to number one, something Johnson shrugs off as nothing more than noise.