East Lothian, Scotland (Sports Network) - Three-time champion Tiger Woods
carded a 2-under 69 on Thursday to end his first round three strokes off the
lead at the British Open Championship.
Woods, who overcame a poor tee shot at the first, mixed five birdies and three
bogeys in his round.
The 14-time major champion pulled his drive into the thick left rough off the
first tee. He took an unplayable lie penalty and scrambled to a bogey. He
narrowly missed a birdie at two, but did birdie the fourth to get back to
even-par for his round.
Woods stumbled to another bogey at the sixth. After three straight pars, he
converted back-to-back birdie chances at 10 and 11. Woods moved to 2-under
with a birdie at the 13th.
However, he 3-putted for bogey on the 14th to drop a shot. Woods 2-putted for
birdie on the par-5 17th and parred the last for one of the best rounds of the
"Some of these pin locations with the greens drying out the way they were,
they were really tough to get the ball close," said Woods in a televised
interview. "It was frightening how fast the greens got. With it drying out, I
can see that it was fine in the morning, but by the time we got through there
in the afternoon, it just continued to dry out."
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