Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Good Day's Work for Woods

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Good Day's Work for Woods

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WORLD No 1 Tiger Woods declared himself happy with a two-under-par first round of 69 at The Open having found the afternoon conditions testing.

On a firm and increasingly speedy Muirfield links, a number of players claimed some pin positions made it almost impossible for the afternoon starters to get the ball near the hole.

Even Woods, regarded as one of the best putters in the game, stroked one right off the 14th green for his only bogey on the back nine as the wind and sun dried out the course.

The 14-time major winner came home in 32, having gone out in 37, and was satisfied with his day's work - especially after hooking his opening tee shot into the rough and having to take a drop for an unplayable lie.

After finishing three off the lead set by fellow American Zach Johnson, Woods said: "When I got over that tee shot I was 'If I hammer it, this three-wood is in that bunker so maybe I should take something off it. …

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