"I had won the two previous major championships that year and I was really playing well", Woods recalled.
Since going through three separate back surgeries, along with numerous social problems, Woods has appeared a shadow of his former self, but is confident of returning to his best.
Late starter Tiger Woods, who shot even-par 71, was among those who had to deal with a breeze that finally freshened long after most players were safely tucking into their evening fish and chips.
Just behind that group are Players Champion, Webb Simpson, recent PGA Tour victor Kevin Na, last year's runner-up to Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, along with Rickie Fowler, former Open Champion, Henrik Stenson, as well as one of our sleepers, Alex Noren.
"The round could certainly have been a little better", he added.
Canada's Adam Hadwin shot a 2-over 73 in Thursday's first round of the Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. 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.
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Small forward Brandon Ingram came into his own as a strong all-around player who even filled in at point guard when Ball was hurt. After this awful game today, I can't wait to get back to training camp and wash this taste out of my mouth.
"If I can keep it in the fairway, I feel like I can control my golf ball around the green", Kisner said, according to the Associated Press. "I think I was only a few back of the lead. Those long irons really hurt me today".
Having said this, Woods' actions don't speak that of a confident, upbeat golfer excited about his chances at the event. The rest of the day was smooth sailing for Kisner, who hit four more birdies, including three-in-a-row from the 13th to 15th hole.
"You might make more bogeys than playing safe but you're definitely going to make more birdies as well", said McIlroy. After the first round, I like to find what I believe are maybe some outliers and determine what the "actual" lead is.
It also did not hurt that the Senior Open is being played at the Old Course at St. Andrew's.
Woods had a bit of an up-and-down round, but finished dead even.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth was not a model of accuracy, and it finally caught up with the Texan as he dropped four shots in the final four holes for a 72. Normally, if it does blow that hard or it does rain that hard, usually there's some kind of lightning involved, and you've got to have a stoppage of play. That's because he shot a 41 (!) on the front nine before recovering with a 31 (!) on the back.