Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the upcoming event and why it can current many obstacles for the golfers.
After a top-five end earlier this month on the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods is again on the course this week on the lookout for his first main championship victory because the 2008 U.S. Open.
The 14-time main champion is competing in golf’s third main, The Open Championship, this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.
Tiger final performed The Open in 2015, lacking the minimize and ending 137th. His profession at Carnoustie features a T47 on the 1995 Scottish Open, he missed the minimize the next 12 months, then completed T7 on the 1999 Open Championship and T12 on the 2007 Open.
Tiger tees off at 10:21 a.m. ET alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox. Follow alongside for shot-by-shot evaluation of his opening round.
Hole 11 – Par four
That’s extra prefer it. Tiger rips a stinger down the center of the golf green off the tee. His method is protected into the wind, touchdown on the again half of the inexperienced to the left of the cup. Here we go! Tiger rolls this one in from distance, enjoying the left-to-right break completely. Back to 2-under via 11.
Hole 10 – Par four
Well, this one wasn’t nice. He finds a bunker, and it seems like he’ll have a troublesome out. He’s up in opposition to the sting so Tiger hits this one sideways out into the golf green. Tiger’s third shot onto the inexperienced is fairly good given the circumstances. He knew from the leap this putt was going to overlook as he walks it off. Tap-in bogey. 1-under via 10.
Thoughts on the flip
This could possibly be Tiger’s weekend. He’s performed effectively at Carnoustie traditionally, and he performed very well on the entrance 9. Had he taken benefit of his monster drive on the par 5 and accomplished greater than par, he’d be flirting with the leaders with 9 holes nonetheless to play. His iron tee pictures have been phenomenal, and he hasn’t made any his gameplan is working completely. Let’s see what the again has to supply.
Hole 9 – Par four
This tee shot is not as nice as others, however his iron finds the golf green to the best. His method stays down the best aspect and misses the inexperienced, rolling right into a bunker. Another stable out with not loads of inexperienced to work with, resting inside 10 ft. He drops the putt and closes out the entrance 9 2-under par.
Hole eight – Par Three
Nothing too fancy right here off the tee for Tiger, discovering the entrance of the inexperienced and leaving a prolonged take a look at birdie. Right pace, unsuitable line as Tiger misses this one left. Easy par. 2-under via eight.
Hole 7 – Par four
Another iron for Tiger off the tee and this one flies sluggish and much down the best aspect of the golf green. The pin is tucked away to the again proper and he performs the method protected, touchdown in the midst of the inexperienced. Tiger gave this each other good roll, however comes up simply quick. Par. 2-under via 7.
Hole 6 – Par 5
Tiger pulls driver for the primary time and he smashes this a technique down the golf green. The ball landed 274-yards and rolled one other 91 to complete 365 yards down the center of the golf green. Wow! His second shot is not nearly as good. Tiger went for the inexperienced however misses quick and left in a bunker. His out is nice, attending to inside 10 ft of the cup. His birdie putt misses left, leaving for a disappointing tap-in par after an unbelievable drive. 2-under via 6.
Hole 5 – Par four
Another iron, one other fairway for Tiger. He did not like his method, and for good purpose. He loses it to the best, off the inexperienced. Luckily his balled rolled off a hill and right into a flat space the place he’ll have a good probability to get up-and-down. Had his ball stayed up on the hill, he would’ve had a clumsy stance and a ridge to play over on the inexperienced. What an effort right here. Tiger goes with the putter and performs the hills and slopes completely, however leaves the putt one revolution quick. Par. 2-under via 5.
Hole four – Par four
Another iron off the tee for Tiger, and this one might’ve been unhealthy. He performs the contours of the golf green and hits a hill to keep away from a burn (stream). Useful method right here from Tiger. Pleading for his ball to get down, it does, rolling inside 5 ft of the cup for one more birdie probability. That’s quantity two! Tiger drops the putt simply, 2-under via four.
Hole Three – Par four
Tiger goes again to iron on No. Three and lands this one in the best tough, nevertheless it takes a pleasant kick into the golf green. Tiger’s second shot finds the best aspect of the inexperienced. Good, not nice, effort right here from TW. His putt misses left, nevertheless it’s a simple tap-in par. 1-under via Three.
Hole 2 – Par four
That’s a Three-wood off the tee for Tiger, and judging by the membership twirl, he loves it. Middle-left aspect of the golf green, one other nice tee shot. Tiger performs this one protected, touchdown the ball pin-high on his method to the center of the inexperienced. He’ll have a prolonged take a look at birdie. Tiger gave it a go however misses simply excessive and proper by a couple of inches. Par. 1-under via 2.
Hole 1 – Par four
Tiger goes with an iron off the tee and stripes it down the center of the golf green. It’s extremely dry at Carnoustie, so this one rolled effectively down the golf green. Expect the Big Cat to place up large driving numbers this week. From 134-yards out Tiger’s method lands on the front-right edge and kicks in the direction of the outlet, leaving an ideal take a look at birdie on No. 1. BANG. That’s a birdie on No. 1 for Tiger, 1-under via 1.
What’s that on Tiger’s neck … ?
Tiger confirmed up on Thursday wearing KT tape on his neck, sending social media on fireplace with takes on his well being. No huge deal, says USA TODAY Sports’ golf author Steve DiMeglio.
Earlier within the day
Kevin Kisner took the early lead, taking pictures a 5-under 66 due to an eagle and 4 birdies (to not point out his par saves from 10, 20 and 12 ft on the final three holes). Kisner wanted simply 22 putts to get across the course.