Tiger Woods was two over par after two holes and looked to be on his way to a mess of an opening round. However, a tidy birdie at the fifth hole, and solid play for the rest of the front nine, positioned him at one over as he made the turn.
Having hit six of seven fairways on the front nine and seven of nine greens, Woods was poised to take advantage of the three back-nine par fives.
The critical moment of the day came when he poured in a 25-footer from the fringe at the 11th for birdie to jump-start his round. He then made back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, and another pair at 15 and 16.
In his first round of his first major of 2014, Tiger Woods carded a three-under 69. As Reid Cherner of USA Today wrote, "The vintage Woods showed up at Royal Liverpool where he's already won a British Open."
Obviously, positioning one's self in a tie for eighth at the end of the first round is a good thing. But how were the various facets of Tiger Woods' golf game functioning in the first round at Hoylake? And just how good was the "good thing"?