Tiger Woods does something today he hasn’t done in months: play golf a day after playing golf.
After more than three months off course due to a back surgery, 2013 PGA Tour Player of The Year Tiger Woods teed it up on Thursday at the Quicken Loans National. Woods shot three-over at 74 in the first round placing him well back of the leaders at the 7,568 yard, par 71, Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
As Sporting News reported, things didn’t start off the way Woods would have liked as he bogeyed the first two holes. The course continued to get the better of him through the first twelve holes, mainly due to a very cold putter, carding five more bogies and managing only one birdie. Yet, Tiger started to get his growl back on the remaining holes. Woods, who started play on the back nine, fired at the pins over the last six holes registering three birdies on holes four, seven and eight giving him a 1-under 35 on the back.
“It was a bit of a fight today for all of us but we all hung in there,” Tiger explained after his round was completed. “The more I played, the more I felt comfortable.” The good news for Tiger and for golf fans, who can now get back to watching golf again with his return, is he seems excited about his improved health. “The back’s great. I had no issues at all. No twinges, no nothing. It felt fantastic.”
Woods, who despite a great 2013, hasn’t won a major since 2008, when he won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in a memorable sudden death playoff after an 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate. Nevertheless, Sporting News reports that Tiger’s major drought hasn’t jaded golf legend Gary Player’s opinion of his chances of winning the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool next month. Player predicts that Tiger will win it.
Woods tees off in the second round at 1:12 p.m. Eastern on Friday.