Tiger Woods admits his right leg is in ‘constant pain’ but insists he won’t give up on his quest for a sixth green jacket and hopes the weather can aid his cause rather than hinder it.
The fifteen-time major champion is nine shots off the pace on two-over after an opening 74 having cut a frustrated and sweaty figure throughout his round.
Woods found himself three-over through seven courtesy of two three-putt bogeys before rallying on 15 and 16 to get back to plus one. An unfortunate bogey on 18 cost him another shot and he knows he missed an opportunity to get out of the blocks in favourable conditions.
“I felt like I drove it good. I just didn’t do the job I need to do to get the ball close,” explained the five-time Masters winner. “Today was the opportune time to get the ball — get the round under par, and I didn’t do that today.
“Most of the guys are going low today. This was the day to do it. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be a little bit better, a little bit sharper, and kind of inch my way through it.
“This is going to be an interesting finish to the tournament with the weather coming in. If I can just kind of hang in there, maybe kind of inch my way back, hopefully it will be positive towards the end.”
While his playing partner Viktor Hovland was in a league of his own, Woods rarely threatened a birdie run and he lamented his poor approach play.
“I didn’t have very good speed early. I had two three-putts, and consequently I’m a couple over par. I didn’t hit my irons close enough today.
“I didn’t give myself very good looks. Need to do a better job of that going forward to hopefully get myself back in this tournament.”
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