Utah's Tony Finau tied for second early at British Open

Ruben Hill
July 20, 2018

"I had an 8-iron to No. 6 and looking like I could really do something here".

Woods birdied the first and fourth holes and missed the good opportunity at the sixth, a 5-footer.

Woods said that the neck issue was not a big deal, that "as I got warmed up I felt all right".

"You're just able to see this one", Woods said.

"This is how the game should be played".

He said: "Hopefully I'll hit a few more fairways but I'll adopt the same strategy". "You can utilize the ground as an ally". When we play home in the States, that's not the case. "I like having those options".

Finau, who now resides in Lehi, started his round at 3:31 a.m. MDT and made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole after reaching the green in regulation from a fairway pot bunker. He arrived at Scotland early and played a couple of rounds at Scotscraig last weekend ("Those fairways are so burnt out they make Carnoustie's fairways look like Augusta National's", he said), and has practiced in the evenings after getting done with his analyst work for Golf Channel.

DJ wasn't as fortunate and made a awful triple-bogey on the 18th hole; he's now five-over and needs a solid performance on Friday to see the weekend. He walks faster. He keeps his eyes forward and assumes a blank expression.

McIlroy has not won a major in four years with his touch on the greens being regarded as one of his shortcomings of late.

But the American, after four back surgeries and a lengthy layoff, is finally back playing golf and swinging pain-free.

Two tee shots into bunkers on the back nine.

Woods has already said he expects to win a British Open again, and Thursday at Carnoustie, he took a tentative step in that direction, carding an even-par 71 in steadily worsening conditions.

It also did not hurt that the Senior Open is being played at the Old Course at St. Andrew's.

The opening round of the British Open featured a fun, yet surprising leaderboard, but was a little achy for Tiger Woods and a tad uneven for defending champion Jordan Spieth.

Players were greeted by the most parched fairways in recent times, a straw-coloured hue perhaps even drier than at the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool.

"He's nearly like a mythical figure", Knox said.

McIlroy's footwear attracted attention with the soles of his shoes bearing the word "nasty" - a play on "Car-nasty", a nickname for the notoriously hard Carnoustie course.

That may be true in Knox' mind, but Woods showed Thursday his history on the links is still unfolding in front of our eyes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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