Even-par start for Tiger Woods in Open return
Tiger Woods' return to The Open after a two-year absence couldn't have gone much better as he birdied the par-4 first hole.
Woods, who teed off late in the day, knew there were birdies to be had at Carnoustie on a calm and sunny day.
Woods deployed a generally conservative strategy off the tee, which paid off on the 4th hole, where he made it to 2-under and found himself in the Top 10.
The rest of the round was a grind for Woods. He missed golden opportunities for birdie from the fairway of both of Carnoustie's par 5s.
"If I just clean up those two holes and play them the way I'm supposed to play them with 8 iron in my hand," said Woods. "I think I'd probably have the best round in the afternoon wave."
Woods hit 11 fairways and 11 greens on the round and took 29 putts.
Woods finished with an even-par 71, which puts him among 18 players in a logjam at 32nd place, five shots behind the first-round leader Kevin Kisner. He tees off on Friday in round two at 5:20 am ET.
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