Tiger Woods at British Open 2013 Tracker: Day 1 Score, Highlights, and Analysis
After a tumultuous start on the first hole where he bogeyed after hitting his tee shot into the rough, Tiger Woods recovered to shoot -2 in his first round at The Open Championship.
Woods used a stretch of three birdies on four holes on the back nine to rebound and put himself in position to pounce on the second day of the major championship.
Throughout his round, Woods made several crucial par putts, including many on the front nine, to keep himself in contention on a golf course that played like a U.S. Open more than a British Open on Thursday.
Woods will open his second round at 4:44 a.m. ET on Friday with playing partner Graeme McDowell.
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Tiger Woods has broken par in 1st round of 5 of last 6 majors; in the previous 5 events, he only had 4 sup-par rounds after the 1st— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 18, 2013
Tiger finishes his round with a par putt on No. 18 that leaves him with a -2 (69).
Woods sends his birdie attempt within five feet of the hole.
Woods approaches the 18th green with a rather large crowd surrounding the green and a two-putt in front of him.
Tiger's tee shot at the 18th goes off to the left but it looks like he will be able to manage from the rough.
In the last 10 groups to play the 18th hole, just one player has birdied.
Let's see if Tiger can break that curse and end his day on a positive note.
Woods and his playing partner, Graeme McDowell head to the 18th hole with quite the large gallery surrounding them toward the end of the day in Scotland.
Tiger comes up short on his eagle putt but he finishes up No. 17 with a tap-in birdie.
Not a bad way to head over to the 18th hole.
Tiger has an opportunity to get himself back on the first page of the leaderboard if he finishes what he started on No. 17.
Tiger's birdie putt fails to break to the left and ends up just short of the hole.
That shot leaves Woods with an easy tap-in for par.
Good approach, onto the green at 15, but it'll be another 50 footer. (or so...)— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) July 18, 2013
Woods is not making it easy for himself at No. 15.
He skies a six-iron on his second shot that lays up far away from the pin.
Smoked that tee shot here in 15. It's in the fairway.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) July 18, 2013
The disaster at No. 14 ends in a three-putt bogey for Woods.
Back past the hole and will have 4 feet to save bogey. Rally killer.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) July 18, 2013
Tiger's birdie putt runs wayyyyy past the hole and the ball has skidded off of the green.
Tiger Woods has broken par on 3 of 1st 4 holes of back 9; only one golfer has more in entire back 9 so far (Bud Cauley, 4)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 18, 2013
From 240 yards out on No. 14, Woods is just short of the green with his approach shot.
He is still in great position to make a par on the Par 4.
On the 14th hole, Tiger once again sends his tee shot down the right side of the fairway.
Tiger drains a birdie on the Par 3 13th and his back nine charge has officially begun.
Woods finds the back of the green on No. 13 with his tee shot.
It looks like those birdies on No. 10 and No. 11 have really helped his confidence.
Woods saves par on what could be one of the most important shots of his first round.
He moves on to No. 13 at -1.
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