Woods bounces back with 66
Tiger Woods fired a six-under-66 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship, his best round since 2013.
The score sees the former world number one finish day one just two strokes behind of co-leaders Erik Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hoge.
Apart from the one blemish on Woods’s card, a five at the par four eleventh, he rolled in seven birdies at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“I felt very good out there,” quipped the 14-time major winner on EPSN.
“I hit a lot of good iron shots, made some putts. A round that probably could have been to 2 to 4 under and turned into 6 [under]. I was telling [caddie Joey LaCava] today it was nice to finally get something out of it today instead of going the other way.”
Woods gained confidence by holing a wedge from 55 yards for a birdie on the opening hole.
“I went for the shot, and instead of playing something more conservative, the greens were hard and fast, and I wanted to play something long,” he said of the shot.
“I got aggressive with it, and I went for it, and I pulled it off…I could see it going in.”
After draining a ten foot putt for a final gain on the 18th, the 39-year-old would card his best round since his scintillating 61 in the second round of the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, an event he would go on to win by seven shots.
Woods added that he enjoys the atmosphere created by the fans at the Sedgefield course.
“I love that about tournaments like this,” he said.
“It’s a nice small ballpark. People are very intimate and very close. It’s fun.”
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