Continuing the momentum he garnered at last month's U.S. Open, Finau fired a 4-under par 67 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland and is in a three-way tie for second place in the British Open. "I got off to not exactly the best start, being two over through three, but I got it back".
He showed equally deft touch on the next hole, the par-5 6th, giving himself a look at birdie with his third shot from a bunker where he short sided himself into a tricky downhill slope.
Woods was two-under on the front nine, but struggled slightly on the back, dropping two strokes.
The result was numerous long approaches, but those two opportunities at the par-5s were wasted, along with a three-putt par at the 13th hole. An 8-iron on the par-5 14th that went straight into a pot bunker with a fried egg lie. Carnoustie is considered one of the toughest courses in the world for a reason, and even with abundant sunshine and little wind early in the day, there were just 17 scores in the 60s.
In his past two Opens, McIlroy has finished joint fourth and tied for fifth, after winning in 2014.
But it did nothing to change the state of Woods' latest comeback, which remains stalled deep into the golf season.
And that might be the worst possible outcome anyone - especially Woods - wants to see at this time of year.
"I'm not going to sit here and say, 'man, I just love playing in the wind and rain, ' because I don't, but I can do it". A couple of my 6-irons went about 240. "Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out that way, but part of this afternoon wave, I was one of the lower rounds". Soon after Woods spoke, first-round leader Kevin Kisner became the first golfer in the 147th Open to reach 8 under par, a score he took to the dreaded four closing holes before closing at 6 under with double bogey on No. 18.
In his first round at The Open at Carnoustie since The 136th Open Championship when he missed a par putt on the 72nd hole that would have won him his first major, Sergio Garcia shot a 4-over 75 on Thursday.
That's apparently what happened to Tiger Woods, and it explains why he was wearing KT tape on his neck Thursday at Carnoustie, Scotland. He seems completely dialed in just like the old days, presumably because this comeback isn't new anymore and he's getting exhausted of top-10 finishes while his career wins total remains at 79.
The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world.
That kind of record used to intimidate opponents and still does to some measure for players of a different generation.
"I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit", said Woods, who is playing in The Open for the first time since 2015.