Tiger Shoots Two-Under in Opening Round of British Open

Tiger Woods went out on a very dry and windy afternoon at Muirfield Golf Club and shot the lowest round of the afternoon, firing a 2-under 69. His 2-under was good enough for a tie for ninth and only three shots behind leader Zach Johnson.

While the morning still had some moisture on the course from the watering the night before, as the day went on the course dried out and hardened, making it tougher and tougher to go low.

Muirfield in Scotland, home to the 2013 British Open. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Muirfield in Scotland, home to the 2013 British Open. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Woods’ day got off to a rough start. After hooking his opening tee shot into an unplayable part of the rough, the Jupiter Island resident got up and down and managed to salvage a bogey. It was one of only three bogeys carded by Woods on the day, who despite the conditions getting tougher and tougher as the day went on prevailed and even carded five birdies.

One shot ahead of Woods on the leader board after round one is Dustin Johnson. The Loxahatchee River resident took advantage of the morning conditions to fire a 3-under 68, hitting 14 of the 18 greens in regulation thanks to having success with his 3-iron.

Sitting in a tie with Woods at 2-under are Phil Mickelson and Jordan Speith. Both won their respective tournaments last week (Speith won the John Deere Classic and Mickelson won the Scottish Open) and, like Johnson, took advantage of the morning conditions to go low.

Woods will hope for conditions similar to today’s when he goes out tomorrow morning. Woods will tee off at 4:44am ET. For complete coverage of the British Open including a full leader board, visit www.theopen.com.

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