British Open: Tiger Woods shows promising signs in Round 1

Annette Crawford
July 20, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood, however, carded a bogey-free 65...

Kisner's best score in three previous trips to the British Open was a 69 in the final round past year at Royal Birkdale. Kevin Kisner, the 18-hole leader, was among the late starters.

Mr Woods said: "Creativity plays such an important role at Carnoustie". It wasn't enough to turn the grass from brown to green, just enough to be a nuisance playing in rain gear, with towels hanging from the inside of umbrellas to stay dry and putting surfaces that were slightly slower.

The four-times major victor, though, found his form just after the turn and put himself in a tie for the lead after 14 holes - before falling back one stroke to four under par for a second round of 69 in succession. He hit 73 percent of the fairways in the first round, which was tied for fifth, and his five scrambles was one of the better marks among The Open field. He appeared to keep it together with a tough par save from the bunker on No. 12, followed by two straight birdies. But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes.

While some players thrive and use bad weather to their advantage, the former world No. 1, now ranked eighth, has not coped well when the elements have turned nasty.

"I couldn't say which way, if [Tiger's] neck needs relaxing or stimulating, but that's the first time I have ever seen Tiger with KT tape very visible", Faldo said. So if the conditions do change and go back to the way they were on the first day, I'd see myself hitting a lot more drivers.

Woods' mood could perhaps be explained by his failure to recapture the form many associate with the successful golfer, who became the first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in his career in 2009.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett was able to find a groove on the brutal Carnoustie and finds himself tied for eighth with a ton of other big names.

Just behind that group are Players Champion, Webb Simpson, recent PGA Tour victor Kevin Na, last year's runner-up to Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, along with Rickie Fowler, former Open Champion, Henrik Stenson, as well as one of our sleepers, Alex Noren.

Fleetwood shot a 63 at Carnoustie a year ago in the Dunhill Links, but that was a European Tour event. His best chance for a low number came on 14, when he faced a 15-footer for eagle that would have put him into the top 10 at the time.

"Under those conditions, I would have taken that score today going out", McIlroy said. Two under thru four...striping irons off the tee.

Dustin Johnson wasn't alone in his struggle. He could have played conservatively or aggressively, but nothing worked for him today.

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