Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woods Suffers Nightmare Start in Dubai

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woods Suffers Nightmare Start in Dubai

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Byline: Jonathan Hunn

FORMER world No1 Tiger Woods admitted he had not done "a very good job" after making a nightmare start to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as his golfing comeback continued in demoralising fashion.

The American, who now stands at No666 in the world rankings, failed to score a single birdie as he slumped to an opening 77 at Emirates Golf Club two shots worse than his previous highest score in the event.

That left the 14-time Major winner with just three players below him on the leaderboard and 12 shots off the clubhouse lead held by Sergio Garcia, who recorded six birdies and an eagle in his 65.

Woods (right) said yesterday that his remodelled swing has been designed to "play away from pain" as he returned to action from a back injury that required three operations in the space of 19 months.

However, the 41-year-old did not look 100 per cent fit at various points in his round, climbing gingerly out of a greenside bunker early on and notably grimacing as he walked off the seventh tee. …

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