Tiger Woods begins sizzling, finishes 5 again after 71 in Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods’ first tour occasion in additional than 150 days began and ended the identical manner: with a birdie.

Woods, taking part in in his first tour occasion since February, shot a 71 within the first spherical of The Memorial Event on Thursday.

“Properly, it has been some time since I’ve performed,” Woods stated. “Bought off to nearly an excellent begin and acquired a really feel for the spherical early. I simply did not make something in the present day. I had seems at birdies, however I actually did not make a lot.”

On a day when not many golfers scored effectively, Woods was tied for 19th, 5 photographs behind the chief Tony Finau (-6). Woods confirmed no indicators of rust, as two of his 4 birdies got here on the primary three holes. And two of his three bogies occurred on the entrance 9 when he completed at even par 36.

Woods did not make the most of the par 3s, as he shot two over on the 4 holes. He ended his a lot anticipated return by making a 14-foot birdie on No. 18 that may have doubtless included a roar from the group had followers been in attendance for the event.

“Properly, I want to have began with simpler circumstances,” he stated. “Wind pumping and swirling far and wide, and it was totally different. It was sizzling, the ball was operating, it is getting down there. Once I watched final week it wasn’t doing that, and definitely the apply spherical it wasn’t doing that. However the golf course has modified. It is gotten sooner, and it is solely going to proceed to get sooner.”

The 71 was higher than the final spherical Woods performed when he shot 77 to complete final amongst those that made the lower on the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 16. He stated he was coping with again stiffness all through that event.

The one different time Woods has performed since February was when he teamed with former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning to play in opposition to Phil Mickelson and Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady in a charity occasion to lift cash for COVID in Might.

“It felt good [to be back]. I imply, it felt good,” Woods stated. “I used to be just a little bit rusty, however felt like total it was a superb begin.”

Woods stated he is not apprehensive concerning the quick turnaround, the place he’ll tee off at 8:17 a.m. ET with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka within the second spherical Friday.

“I’ve felt good about my coaching over the previous few months,” Woods stated, “and I’ve gotten prepared for this.”

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