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Tiger Woods struggled to a six-over 78 to depart him tied-146th after opening day at St Andrews and 14 strokes behind chief Cameron Younger; watch the second spherical dwell on Friday from 6.30am on Sky Sports activities The Open

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Tiger Woods had a begin to neglect at The Open as he completed the primary gap with a double-bogey

Tiger Woods had a begin to neglect at The Open as he completed the primary gap with a double-bogey

Tiger Woods’ bid for a historic 16th main title and third St Andrews success has become an unlikely battle simply to make the minimize after a disappointing opening day at The 150th Open.

Woods stated forward of the ultimate males’s main of the 12 months he wished “no less than another run” on the historic Outdated Course, the venue the place he accomplished the profession Grand Slam in 2000 and gained in 2005, though struggled from the outset as he stuttered to a six-over 78.

The three-time Champion Golfer of the Yr, enjoying in simply his third aggressive occasion since final February’s car crash, blended three birdies with 5 bogeys and two double-bogeys to depart simply seven gamers under him within the 156-man discipline and put him 14 strokes behind early chief Cameron Younger.

“In all probability highest rating as I may have shot,” stated Woods. “Did not get off to an important begin. Hit an excellent tee shot down 1,
ended up proper in the midst of a recent divot. And I hit an excellent shot. Wind gusts hit it and ended up within the burn, and begin off with a W.

“So I feel I had perhaps 4 or 5 3-putts in the present day. Simply wasn’t excellent on the greens. And each putt I left quick. I struggled with hitting the putts onerous sufficient. They appeared sooner than what they have been placing, and I struggled with it.

“It looks like I did not actually hit it that unhealthy. Sure, I did have unhealthy pace on the greens, sure. However I did not actually really feel like I hit it that unhealthy however I ended up in unhealthy spots. Or simply had some bizarre issues occur.

“And simply the best way it goes. Hyperlinks is like that. And this golf course is like that. And as I stated, I had my possibilities to show it round and get it rolling the fitting means and I did not do it.”

Woods’ hopes of a fairy-tale success suffered a nightmare begin when he discovered water together with his method into the par-four first after which two-putted from inside 5 ft for a double-bogey six.

The world No 994 did not rise up and down from wanting the third inexperienced and three-putted from distance on the par-four subsequent, with a double-bogey on the seventh leaving an out-of-sorts Woods six over for his spherical.

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Woods rolled in from six ft to achieve the flip in 41 and put up the primary of back-to-back birdies across the flip, with the 46-year-old responding to three-putt bogeys on the 11th and 13th by choosing up a shot from shut vary on the par-four subsequent.

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Tiger Woods had a begin to neglect at The Open as he completed the primary gap with a double-bogey

Tiger Woods had a begin to neglect at The Open as he completed the primary gap with a double-bogey

A missed par-save putt from 9 ft on the 16th took Woods again to 6 over for the day, with the previous world No 1 ending a disappointing day with a closing par regardless of practically driving the ultimate inexperienced.

The spherical – taking up six hours as a result of sluggish play – equals the best opening spherical of Woods’ profession at The Open, matching the 78 carded at Royal Portrush in 2019, with the poor begin one other frustration since his comeback from career-threatening leg and ankle accidents.

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Woods stuttered to back-to-back rounds of 78 over the weekend at The Masters and withdrew forward of the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship in Could as a result of damage, earlier than skipping the US Open final month to offer himself one of the best likelihood of being bodily able to compete in The Open.

He’ll face a brief restoration time forward of his second-round tee time at 9.58am, the place Woods goes to wish to ship a classic Tiger-esque show to have any likelihood of extending his Open journey into the weekend.

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“Appears like I will should shoot 66 tomorrow to have an opportunity,” admitted Woods. “So clearly it has been finished.

“Guys did it in the present day. And that is my accountability tomorrow is to go forward and do it. Must do it.”

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