Woods: I just didn’t hit it well

Tiger Woods says pain or injury were not the reasons for his poor round of 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. 

The former World No 1 appeared to be moving gingerly at times during his round at the Emirates Golf Club, but was quick to dismiss any suggestion he was still struggling with his troublesome back.

"I wasn't in pain at all," he said. "I was just trying to hit shots and I wasn't doing a very good job."

Woods did not post a single birdie during his round, dropping shots at the fifth, sixth, 10th, 12th and 18th.

He was wayward off the tee but also blamed his putter.

"I didn't hit the ball very well," said the two-time winner in Dubai. "I left probably about 16 putts short. I just couldn't get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number.

"Hopefully this wind blows tomorrow and I shoot a good round and get back to even par now," he said. "That's certainly not out of the realm of winning the golf tournament."

Woods seemed to get his errant driver under control late in the day, and hopes he can carry that into the second round.

"The last two drives I hit off of eight and nine today, there's something different," he added. "I need to figure out what the hell I did that was different and then replicate it for hopefully another 54 more holes."