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Tiger Woods shoots opening-round 70 at Memorial Tournament

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:16 IST
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods carded a two-under 70 in round one of the Memorial Tournament, his first competition since climbing back into the top five of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Woods – who started at the 10th with Justin Rose and Bryson DeChambeau – recorded his first birdie of the day at the 11th hole with a manageable up-and-down.

He could not get into his stride, though, and he gave that stroke back two holes later when he sent his second shot into a bunker and failed to convert another chipped putt.

Woods hit a string of pars to turn onto the front nine, but in the final four-hole stretch, he came up with the goods.

After playing the par-five fifth hole perfectly, reaching the green in two, rolling his first putt to within three feet and finishing it off for a birdie to move back to one under, he lost that stroke at the sixth, but regained it with a birdie on the seventh and went even lower with another gain at the next hole – a 185-yard par three.

A two-putt par at the ninth meant Woods was tied for 11th when he finished his round, which was five strokes back of early leader Ryan Moore.

Published 31 May 2019, 00:06 IST
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