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Tiger Woods


Three-time Champion Golfer sets Friday target after tough opening day

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is targeting a second-round 66 to stand any chance of making the cut at The 150th Open. 

The three-time Champion Golfer struggled on his return to the Old Course, a chip into the water on the 1st hole setting the tone for the day. 

That led to a double bogey six and further dropped shots on 3 and 4 put him even further behind the eight-ball, while a second double bogey swiftly followed on 7 after a pulled drive. 

He sunk his first birdie on the 9th and picked up two more on the back nine but he eventually signed for a six-over-par 78. 

With the cut currently at level-par, Woods faces a tall order to make the weekend but the 46-year-old has never lacked belief and says he’ll come out all guns blazing.  

“Looks like I'm going to have to shoot 66 tomorrow to have a chance,” he said.  

“So obviously it has been done. Guys did it today and that's my responsibility tomorrow is to go ahead and do it. I need to do it. 

“It was probably highest score I could have shot. I didn't get off to a great start, hit a good tee shot down 1, ended up right in the middle of a fresh divot. And I hit a good shot. Wind gusts hit it and ended up in the burn, and start off with a W. 

“So I think I had maybe four or five 3-putts today. I just wasn't very good on the greens. And every putt I left short. I struggled with hitting the putts hard enough. They looked faster than what they were putting, and I struggled with it.” 

Despite his disappointing performance, Woods was cheered from the 1st tee to the last green on an emotional day. 

His injuries are well-documented and the two-time winner at St Andrews admits the support he received kept him going. 

“They were fantastic, absolutely fantastic. So supportive,” he said. 

“Obviously they're not going to be quite as loud because you don't hear them in the middle of the golf course. They're only on the perimeter.  

“But just the support coming off each tee and each green, when they were in proximity. Most of the tees they were, yes; but some of the greens they weren't.  

“But when the greens that they were, they were very respectful and very appreciative of all of us out there today, which was great.” 

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