The 14-time major victor settled into his second round at Carnoustie with a routine par on the first, but went far right of the fairway with a drive off the second tee and the ball settled on a steep bank. Kevin Kisner shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead into Friday over South African golfers Erik Van Rooyen and Zander Lombard and American Tony Finau.
But have you ever slept wrong and awoken with a stiff neck on the first day of the British Open?
It's been a pattern for Woods all year long, one that will have to change if he's going to make this his first major championship win in 10 years. "So it was a lot more irons off tees and a lot more conservative, but I ended up being the same score [as day one], so I'm pretty pleased with that".
Padraig Harrington holed a short putt for par on the opening hole and turned to leave when he saw a golf ball trundle onto the green.
"I played better than what the score indicates", Tiger told the media after his round, "because I had two 8 irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both of those". Kisner, who has a reputation for partying, admitted to having a "frat" atmosphere in the house he's sharing with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, where the group has been playing nightly soccer games.
Fleetwood is still chasing his first major title, but the fast-rising Englishman, who had to borrow an umbrella Friday as he doesn't have an equipment sponsor and didn't bring his own, set the soggy course alight with a 65. He could have played conservatively or aggressively, but nothing worked for him today.
"Greg (Norman) was there at Birkdale, I think about 54-ish, somewhere around there". That's my game plan this week.
At Royal St. George's in 2011 a disgruntled McIlroy, the newly crowned US Open champion, bemoaned the fierce winds battering the English seaside course and said golf in those conditions wasn't to his liking. "It's kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest". But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes. Sergio's opening-round scores at Carnoustie have ranged from 89 (1999) to 65 (2007), and this year he almost split the difference.
That was the most important thing when Woods dropped his final putt on 18 after a 5-hour round, one which began at 3:21 p.m. local time and included some lengthy tee box waits on the back nine. Locke is also tied with Nicolai Hojgaard for low amateur.
A birdie on the first hole was just the start he needed.
The other Scottish golfers at The Open include Russell Knox (+2), Sandy Lyle (+4), Scott Jamieson (+4) and Grant Forrest (+9).