Tiger Woods is at St. Andrews, and here is how Round 1 is going at The Open

For months before he returned to competitive golf after his serious car accident in February 2021, Tiger Woods said he would play The Open at St Andrews.

“Quite often,” Justin Thomas said earlier this week when asked if Woods had spoken to him about being here at the 150th Open.

To make sure he was ready, Woods even skipped the US Open and healed his leg and body, which had endured multiple surgeries in a career that has seen him win 15 major championships.

“It’s my favourite [course],” he said.

So here he is, ready for what may be his last real run during an Open being held in the home of golf. We follow with:

That’s what the Old Course will throw at Woods on Thursday.

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#1: Par 4, 375 yards

Woods went into this Open full of hope. Then his opening shot, a typical stinger, landed in a depression in the middle of the mile-wide fairway on the first hole. Then he hammered his second shot from the hard lay into the surf in front of the green. After a drop, Woods hit a delicate little chip across the water to leave a 3-foot bogey – which he missed. Bad got worse very quickly.

Score: double bogey

Total for the day: 2 over

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#2: Par 4, 452 yards

This tee shot avoided any problems and found a nice flat lay in the middle of the fairway. But Woods had a bat too many and flew the flag 50-60 feet. After a shaky putter start on the first hole, Woods navigated the second without drama.

Score: par

Total for the day: 2 over

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No. 3: Par 4, 398 meters

There’s no escaping it: Woods hit a gruesome second shot into the third hole. He had just 109 yards in and missed the green just wide and to the right. It rolled back on the hard ground and came to rest 24 yards from the hole. A mediocre pitch left 15 feet for par. He not only missed this one, but ran it 5 feet wide of the hole to leave a tester behind, only to save bogey. He did that, but three holes made nothing easy.

Score: leprechaun

Total for the day: 3 over

https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34241797/tiger-woods-st-andrews-here-how-round-1-going-open Tiger Woods is at St. Andrews, and here is how Round 1 is going at The Open

Emma Bowman

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