Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods (-1) 3-putts to fall 4 back at British Open

Tiger Woods makes his return to the Open Championship for the first time in three years Thursday.

The 42-year-old looks like he’s ready for Carnoustie, and we’ll keep track of all his progress. Follow his entire first round, shot by shot, below:

Hole No. 14: Par 5, 503 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:01 p.m. ET): Tiger takes iron here, and he likes it right away. Straight down the middle. Certainly conservative once again, but he can reach in two here still for sure.

APPROACH SHOT (2:09 p.m. ET): Too aggressive from 213 yards and that ball plugs in a front pot bunker. Man, don’t even know if he can get that one out of there, let alone get it up and down. He may now just be scrambling for par, that was a tactical mistake.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:12 p.m. ET): Tiger swings this one halfway around his neck and this is about as good as you can do. The ball gets out and races just out beyond the green. A putt of about 40 feet for birdie just beyond green upcoming. Again, that’s a really good shot from a fried egg where it was 50/50 at best he could get it out.

ON THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): Another poor lag, as Tiger leaves his first putt some 5-6 feet short. But he drains the remainder. That was important. Back-to-back bogeys, with the latter on a par 5, would’ve been a killer.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14 (T-18)

Hole No. 13: Par 3, 175 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:43 p.m. ET): This is downwind, so pitching wedge. A solid shot that lands 30 feet short of the pin and gets unlucky to barely bounce forward and stop. About 25 feet below the hole for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:53 p.m. ET): That was an unforced error. Tiger inexplicably leaves that first putt 4 feet short. His second is a decent stroke but hits the right lip and spins out. That’s a very sloppy three-putt bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13 (T-19)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 487 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:23 p.m. ET): An iron on this tee and this is solid right down the center. Really committed to this conservative strategy considering this is one of the longest par 4s on the course. But hey, it’s working so far.

APPROACH SHOT (1:32 p.m. ET): Tiger had 228 yards and took a 3-iron into a bit of wind, he hit that really solid and high and it landed short of the green but lands on firm downslope and bounds just over the green into light rough. Not a tough shot coming up. He’s 20 yards beyond the hole, but has a ton of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:37 p.m. ET): Man, this guy’s short game is so crisp. That wasn’t a tough shot, but still so cool to watch Tiger just let this chip to run all the way to six inches from the cup. So textbook, and a nice par save.

ON THE GREEN (1:38 p.m. ET): He taps in for a nice par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 12 (T-8)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 391 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:07 p.m. ET): A stinger right down the middle, rolls out well too. The wind has started to pick up, FYI.

APPROACH SHOT (1:14 p.m. ET): This was well left of the back-right pin but it’s pin-high. Some 25-30 feet left for birdie. That should be a harmless two-putt.

ON THE GREEN (1:19 p.m. ET): Woooo!!! Tiger hits that dead center with perfect die speed. A huge bounceback birdie and the first putt of length he’s made today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 11 (T-8)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 471 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:51 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood and this leaks right and lands in a bunker. Oof, his first real miss off the tee. Barring incredible luck, he’ll basically be pitching out.

SECOND SHOT (12:55 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed blasts out pretty much sideways back into the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (12:58 p.m. ET): This was not an easy full third shot, and Tiger plays it well, getting it to finish 15 feet right of the pin. That’s a pretty decent look at par after a bad tee shot.

ON THE GREEN (1:04 p.m. ET): That was left from the start. It rolls about a foot by. That’s a tap-in for bogey, all due to the tee shot.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10 (T-18)

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 463 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:33 p.m. ET): That’s another iron and it’s a little right but ends up just fine in the short rough there. He may be a ways back, though.

APPROACH SHOT (12:40 p.m. ET): Yeah, wow, he left himself 244 yards for his second. Probably a bit of a mis-hit off the tee, and he pays for it. His 5-iron leaks right and goes into the greenside bunker. With the pin right, this will be a delicate up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:44 p.m. ET): A tough shot from that bunker, and Tiger does pretty well to knock that 10 feet by the pin. Leaves him a good look to save par.

ON THE GREEN (12:49 p.m. ET): Boom that was confident. Rolls that right in and gives it a mini-fist pump. That was important.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 9 (T-9)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 181 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:23 p.m. ET): An 8-iron from Tiger and that was just OK, but it’s safely 40 feet below and right of the cup. No harm there, especially on a hole where out of bounds is just yards left of the green.

ON THE GREEN (12:29 p.m. ET): Good effort, as Tiger misses a little on the left and the ball trickles about 2-3 feet by. Comebacker is no problem.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (T-8)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 400 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:06 p.m. ET): He hits a stinger iron off the tee here and this one is no problem as it bounds down the right side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (12:12 p.m. ET): That pin was TUCKED back right over a bunker, so Tiger takes the safe route and puts this one about 30 feet left and a bit under pin-high. Should be a simple two-putt. Solid play.

ON THE GREEN (12:20 p.m. ET): His speed is just so, so good. This one was right on line and comes up a few inches short. Just a smidge more and that would’ve dropped in the left side of the cup. But he’s giving himself stress-free pars on a demanding layout.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (T-8)

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 560 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:43 a.m. ET): The first driver …. ROASTED. That’s a nice high cut that bounds down the middle of the fairway and bounces all the way to a crosswalk. He is way down there. Probably just a mid-iron for his second. This has been a clinic thus far.

APPROACH SHOT (11:54 a.m. ET): He had just an 8-iron from 191 yards, and that’s a course management mistake. TW misses this left by just a few yards, but that rolls into a pot bunker. The pin is front left, so that is short-sided and will be really tough to get up and down. Just a poor miss there.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:59 a.m. ET): OK, maybe not as tough as we thought there, but this is also a testament to Tiger’s short game. He just carries this onto the green and it rolls out 5-6 feet left of the hole. A nifty shot from there, and a birdie can still be had.

ON THE GREEN (12:02 p.m. ET): That’s a missed chance right there. This ball misses left, and that’s a really disappointing par after just an 8-iron in for his second shot. Big opportunity missed.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (T-8)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 422 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:27 a.m. ET): Another iron off the tee and this is solid down the left side of the fairway. Good position again. The Hoylake strategy is in full effect.

APPROACH SHOT (11:33 a.m. ET): Tiger had a bit more than 190 yards in, and he’s made his first mistake. He leaves this 6-iron out to the right, and his ball finishes in a hollow below and right of the green. He’s in fairway grass, but that will leave a tricky putt or pitch up to a pin with not much green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:40 a.m. ET): We were an inch away from a huge roar. Tiger putts this one, really up a hill, huge right to left break but it tracks right at the hole before stopping dead center but one revolution short. So close. But the strong start continues.

ON THE GREEN (11:41 a.m. ET): Obviously he cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 5 (T-9)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 399 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:12 a.m. ET): Tiger tempted fate there a little bit as his iron tee shot drew toward a burn just left of the fairway. But there is a little hill right of the burn that funnels balls right and away from the water. It does that to Tiger’s ball, which rolls off that hill and into the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (11:18 a.m. ET): We are in business! Tiger implores his ball to get down mid-air, and it does. It lands 10-15 feet short of the cup and rolls within 4-5 feet. He’ll have that to go 2 under early.

ON THE GREEN (11:23 a.m. ET): Yeah, baby! Drained it no problem and he’s 2 under early.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 4 (T-7)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 352 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:56 a.m. ET): Tiger takes iron off this tee and this one lands in the right rough and kicks a bit forward into right fairway. He definitely laid back a bit, but he’s not in a bunker and has a good angle to a back-left pin.

APPROACH SHOT (11:02 a.m. ET): This one may’ve actually been in the first cut, but that’s semantics. Tiger goes safe on this shot and the ball ends up long and right on the back edge of the green. He’ll have some 30-35 feet for birdie from there. Not great, but solid.

ON THE GREEN (11:08 a.m. ET): Kind of a misread, as Tiger misses that a full foot left. But the speed is just so spot on, which means the ball stops literally a foot left of the hole. Another easy tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 (T-17)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 461 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:36 a.m. ET): We’ve stepped up to a 3-wood here, and this is a rocket down the middle. Tiger gives it a twirl, too, That’s beyond perfect. He’s driving it beautifully quite early.

APPROACH SHOT (10:45 a.m. ET): A 164-yard approach here, and this one is solid. Just past pin-high and about 20 feet right. Leaves him 20-25 feet for birdie. Solid chance from there.

ON THE GREEN (10:51 a.m. ET): Tiger makes a good run at this right-to-lefter but it misses just a bit on the high right side. Great speed, though, as it trickles by maybe six inches. Easy tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 (T-17)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 396 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:21 a.m. ET): This is a pristine iron that rolls well down the middle. Tiger actually gets dirt in his eye upon impact and looks away to deal with that right after his follow through, but the shot was just what Tiger fans would want.

APPROACH SHOT (10:28 a.m. ET): This one from 134 yards lands just short of the green and hops forward beautifully. This ball ends up about 8 feet left and just beyond pin-high. A great birdie look upcoming.

ON THE GREEN (10:34 a.m. ET): Buried it! Opening birdie for TW. Much better than that starting triple at Shinnecock.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1 (T-18)


Already some news, as Tiger (who tees off at 10:21 a.m. ET) showed up to the course sporting KT Tape on his neck. We have the details on that here, and apparently it’s not a huge cause for concern:



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