‘I just didn’t play well,’ admits Tiger Woods after nightmare Norther Trust showing

Tiger Woods looking on

Tiger Woods says his surgically repaired back was playing up as he opened his Northern Trust campaign with a disappointing round of 75 – and he has warned that’s going to be a regular occurence.

The reigning Masters champion failed to make the cut in his last tournament – the Open – and didn’t look in much better nick in New York.

His round left him four over par, 10 strokes behind Rory McIlroy and 13 off the lead.

“I just didn’t play well,” Woods admitted. “It was just off. My back was a little bit stiff, but that’s just the way it’s going to be.

“I knew today we had the perfect greens and I needed to shoot something under, but I went the wrong way.”

McIlroy was in much better form, hitting a six-under 65 that included an eagle and five birdies.

He was partnering world number one Brooks Koepka, who posted a 70.

World number two Dustin Johnson registered an impressive 63, which was his lowest round this season on the PGA Tour, and open champion Shane Lowry carded a two-under 69.