Tiger Woods got unusual reward after he hit a career-low season-opening round at the Zozo Championship on Thursday.
The regining Masters Champion recovered from a dreadful start of three successive bogeys to reel off nine birdies in a brilliant round of 64 in Japan.
And what did he get for it? Whacked in the head with a microphone!
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“It was a crazy day,” he said.
“I hit bad shot after bad shot after bad shot … and next thing you know, things aren’t looking very good.
“I certainly was not expecting to shoot six under par after that start.
“That was a very ugly start. It flipped and I got hot and made a bunch of putts.
“This is how I’ve been hitting it at home, so that (64) wasn’t a real big surprise.”
Woods is in a share of the lead with US Open champion Gary Woodland on six under and home favourite Hideki Matsuyama a shot off following a 65.
There will be no play on Friday due to heavy rain, though, with the plan to start the second round on Saturday morning between 6.30am and 8.30am local time.
Speaking after Thursday’s opening round, Woods told the PGA Tour’s official website: “It’s going to be sloppy and tough for us.
“It’s going to be a grind on the weekend. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
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Bryson DeChambeau hopes his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday has answered his critics.
Overnight leader Matthew Wolff was not able to recover from a poor start.
Americans Ryan Armour and Bryson DeChambeau sit in second place.
The Englishman carded a 66 to put behind him the disappointment of playing alone and missing the cut last week.
Webb Simpson isn’t bothered by the number of the positive tests on the PGA Tour.
The 26-year-old California native revealed he has stuck to a 3,500 calorie a day diet.
The American was forced to pull out of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The world number one has become frustrated by errors that have kept him out of contention.