Hoylake - Tiger Woods began his opening round in nervous fashion at the British Open on Thursday with bogeys at his two opening holes.
American icon parred the third and then began to hit his stride with
his first birdie of the day at the par five fifth to lie one over for
the day and four shots off the lead.
In front of packed crowds on
a sun-kissed morning at the par-72 Royal Liverpool layout, the champion
the last time it was played here in 2006 hit his opening tee shot to
the right-hand side of the fairway at the first before finding a
greenside pot bunker with his approach.
His shot from the sand was overhit and rolled off the back of the green and it took two good putts just to save bogey.
partner Angel Cabrera of Argentina was the only one of the trio, that
also included Swedish world number two Henrik Stenson, to use his driver
off the opening tee.
The 44-year-old make a solid par while
Sweden's Stenson, who is bidding to become the first Scandinavian to win
a major, also made bogey when he too found a greenside bunker on his
approach from the middle of the fairway.
The body language of
Woods appeared to show the early pressure of playing only his third
round of golf since back surgery in late March was taking an early toll
as the former world number one cut a frustrated figure.
second, he again opted for a two iron and found the short rough but a
superb approach shot to the par four second set him up for a birdie
However, he slid an aggressive attempt for three, four
feet past the hole and to gasps from the crowd, missed his short putt
Stenson played the hole in textbook fashion as he found
the green in regulation and picked up his first par of the day while
Cabrera was also sharing a nervous start with Woods as he too made
The third hole saw Woods steady the ship temporarily with a
good approach shot to the 426 yard par four where he two putted for his
first par of the round.
A second par at the shortest par four on
the course at number four kept Woods from slipping to three over after
he saved the hole with a key eight foot putt.
Karlsson and Spaniard Sergio Garcia shared the early lead on three under
par with a group of nine players locked on two under and one shot