“I haven’t been good enough on the greens. All my putts have been short.” The words of Tiger Woods at the end of the first day of the British Open are heavy with meaning. While his physique seems to be improving, the 46-year-old American legend, who is recovering from a car accident in February 2021 in which he almost lost his right leg, missed his entry.
Tiger Woods destroyed his round with a double bogey from hole number 1. He chained bogeys again on holes 3 and 4, then conceded a second double bogey on the 7th. In seven holes he was at +6 and failed to improve his card on the next eleven.
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“I don’t feel like I hit the ball that badly, but I ended up in bad places, he revealed. Or funny things have happened to me.” Like this excellent very first shot which stopped in a divot, a clod of earth torn off by the head of a club, making the next shot very complicated.“It’s like that. The links are like that and this course is like that. I had my chances to turn things around, but I didn’t”he finally commented.
A disastrous first day
The player with fifteen Majors, with three British Opens including two at Saint Andrews, made his first birdie on the 9th hole, triggering a round of applause and encouragement from the public which finally made him unclench his jaws, until he won a smile. But his return, although less calamitous, was not brilliant either (two birdies for three bogeys).
And par 4 of hole 18 was a reflection of his ordeal: just a few centimeters away his first shot did not stabilize on the flag plate and the ball fell back down a hill. His eagle putt didn’t go far, but still wide, his birdie putt went close without falling and he finished with a par.
“Tomorrow (Friday in the 2nd round, editor’s note) I have to play 66 (six shots under par, editor’s note) if I want to have a chance of making the cut. It has obviously already been done, including today”, in the first round by leader Cameron Young (64) and runner-up Rory McIlroy (66), a relieved Woods. “It’s up to me to go tomorrow and do ithe hammered. I have to do it.”
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