(Sporting Alert) — There were some crazy happenings at The Open Championship on day one at Muirfield on Thursday, but World No. 1 Tiger Woods is satisfied with his personal round display.
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The three-time Open champion overcame a sluggish start to end the day with 2-under 69 to trail bed time leader Zach Johnson by three shots.
Woods, who is also in a six-way tie for ninth, was very happy about his opening round effort and he’s well placed to challenge for the lead with a good second day’s effort.
“I really played well,” The American said on Thursday. “I had to grind it out. More than anything it was just trying to hang around par.
“It was tough. I’m very pleased to shoot anything even par or better.
“It was so hard to get the ball close. Very difficult. I tried to keep the ball in front of me as best I could and sink a putt if I could keep it below the hole.
“But it was so difficult to get the ball even below the hole and in the right spot.
“I putted the ball off the green today, and it really wasn’t that bad a putt. Anything that goes four feet by, it’s gone. It’s tough.”
Coming into the contest there were some concerns over a troublesome elbow Woods has, but he revealed he’s feeling no pain from the area that forced him to lay-low since the US Open at Merion last month.
“Elbow held up great,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I took the break, to make sure that was good. I knew the ground was going to be hard over here.
“That little time off helped. I’ve taken three and four weeks off before Major championships previously, and come back and played well.”
Meanwhile, several players, including the veteran Phil Mickelson, have voiced their disappoints about the course conditions.
“The organisers should let go of their ego and set the course up the way the best players can win,” said Mickelson, after shooting a two under 69.
“… The greens are dying and the holes are on edges of slopes that the ball just simply won’t stay. You drop it, it won’t stay by the hole.”
Group Tee Time (ET) Players
53 1:32 am Wagner, Johnson Willett, Danny Yang, Y.E.
54 1:43 am Floren, Oscar Glover, Lucas Wiratchant, Thaworn
55 1:54 am Fasth, Niclas Lyle, Sandy Weekley, Boo
56 2:05 am Forrest, Grant Fraser, Marcus O’Meara, Mark
57 2:16 am Jacobson, Freddie Jaidee, Thongchai Lehman, Tom
58 2:27 am Leishman, Marc Leonard, Justin Pugh, Rhys
59 2:38 am Noren, Alexander Quiros, Alvaro Stanley, Kyle
60 2:49 am Fitzpatrick, Matthew Henley, Russell Spieth, Jordan
61 3:00 am Harrington, Padraig Ramsay, Richie Thompson, Michael
62 3:11 am Clarke, Darren Laird, Martin Singh, Vijay
63 3:22 am Fox, Steven Moore, Ryan Stenson, Henrik
64 3:33 am Furyk, Jim Lawrie, Paul Olesen, Thorbjorn
65 3:44 am English, Harris Gallacher, Stephen Ogilvy, Geoff
66 4:00 am Garcia, Sergio Schwartzel, Charl Westwood, Lee
67 9:11 am Donald, Luke Kuchar, Matt Scott, Adam
68 9:22 am Fowler, Rickie Mahan, Hunter Manassero, Matteo
69 9:33 am Fujita, Hiroyuki Haas, Bill Hanson, Peter
70 4:44 am McDowell, Graeme Oosthuizen, Louis Woods, Tiger
71 4:55 am Donaldson, Jamie Grace, Branden Simpson, Webb
72 5:06 am Molinari, Francesco Taniguchi, Toru Van Pelt, Bo
73 5:17 am Points, D.A. Rumford, Brett Siem, Marcel
74 5:28 am Brown, Mark Harding, Justin Murray, George
75 5:39 am Bourdy, Gregory Jamieson, Scott Kapur, Shiv
76 5:50 am Brown, Scott Kodaira, Satoshi Maybin, Gareth
77 6:01 am De La Riva, Eduardo Hatton, Tyrrell Kuboya, Kenichi
78 6:12 am Dartnall, Steve Lloyd, Darryn Maruyama, Daisuke
79 6:33 am Fisher, Oliver Saltman, Lloyd Senior, Peter
80 6:44 am Hamilton, Todd Karlsson, Robert Stow, Ben
81 6:55 am Aiken, Thomas Aphibarnrat, Kiradech Cauley, Bud
82 7:06 am Ilonen, Mikko Koepka, Brooks Wu, A-Shun
83 7:17 am Duval, David Wiesberger, Bernd Wood, Chris
84 7:28 am Cink, Stewart McEvoy, Richard Stallings, Scott
85 7:39 am Choi, K.J. Jimenez, Miguel A. Walker, Jimmy
86 7:50 am Cabrera-Bello, Rafael Curtis, Ben Lowry, Shane
87 8:01 am Blixt, Jonas Davis, Brian DeLaet, Graham
88 8:12 am Garrigus, Robert Senden, John Warren, Marc
89 8:23 am Day, Jason Kaymer, Martin Porteous, Garrick
90 8:34 am Dufner, Jason Lynn, David Pettersson, Carl
91 8:45 am Colsaerts, Nicolas Johnson, Dustin Watson, Bubba
92 9:01 am Couples, Fred Faldo, Nick Watson, Tom
93 9:12 am Els, Ernie Rose, Justin Snedeker, Brandt
94 9:23 am Bradley, Keegan Horschel, Billy Poulter, Ian
95 9:34 am Fdez-Castano, Gonzalo Sterne, Richard Watney, Nick
96 9:45 am Matsuyama, Hideki McIlroy, Rory Mickelson, Phil
97 9:56 am Clark, Tim Piercy, Scott Streelman, Kevin
98 10:07 am Bjorn, Thomas Johnson, Zach Katayama, Shingo
99 10:18 am Cabrera, Angel Goya, Tano Villegas, Camilo
100 10:29 am Calcavecchia, Mark Coetzee, George Duke, Ken
101 10:40 am Huh, John Jones, Brendan Kim, Hyung-Sung
102 10:51 am Mullen, Jimmy Teater, Josh Tiley, Steven
103 10:02 am Guthrie, Luke Jeffress, Steven Kim, K.T.
104 10:13 am Inoue, Makoto Wade, John Wright, Gareth