OPEN GOLF: Tiger Woods Round 1 Hole by HoleMarch, 2015
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Tiger will be quite happy with his days work, though he will rue a one over back nine. As long as he stays in contention you have to fancy him, with his controlled driving and ability to grind out a score in bad conditions. A hotter putter and he’d be alongside Adam Scott and ex-caddie Steve Williams in the lead.
2:25 – No luck for Tiger at the last, and he has to settle for a three under 67. Garcia two putts for a 72 and Rose for a 74.
2:20 – Tiger fizzes a beauty in to about 10 feet at the last. Garcia, who’s had a mixed bag at +2, finds the front edge of the green.
2:15 – Another tactical tee-shot by Woods, nailing his 2-iron down the 18th fairway.
2:10 – Nothing dropping on the 17thm except for Justin Rose’s chances of claiming victory, as he cards another bogey.
1:58 – Another fairway found for Tiger, again with a rising long iron.
1:51 – Tiger’s putt on 16 for a birdie…. swings wide, he’s still three off the lead. Rose gets his though and moves back to three over.
1:47 – Tiger’s second into 16 from the fairway gives him a very good chance of a birdie.
1:37 – That putt stays above ground and the favourite is three back from the lead.
1:33 – He manages to just get it onto the front edge of the green to give himself a very long putt for par.
1:30 – He can only hack it up the hole and into more of the deep stuff. This next shot will ne pivotal to the American’s round.
1:24 – No birdie was forthcoming at the 14th, and Tiger will do well to not lose a shot on the tough 15th after pulling one left into the rough off the tee.
1:13 – Tiger’s not happy with that one, can only find the middle of the large 14th green.
1:00 – Tiger’s birdie attempt looks close halfway but doesn’t come in enough at the end, still only three back mind on -4.
12:55 – Solid enough tee shots and Tiger’s on the middle of the green.
12:40 – Standard pars made and onto the short par 4 13th.
12:35 – On the par 3 12th now, Tiger clips a 7-iron to within 10 feet.
12:30 – Tiger safely on in three and lags a long putt for his five. Rose gets very aggressive with his birdie effort but makes the one coming back to stay at five over.
12:15 – Tiger decides to play the par 5 11th as a three shotter, and miss hits a long iron down the middle. Garcia takes the big dog but finds the first cut, while Rose is in the short stuff.
12:07 – Tiger nails another tee-shot into the 10th, but is unlucky to find his ball in the middle of an old divot. He managers to drive it out though and find the green alongside his two playing partners.
11:57 – Rose duffs his chip but holes a lengthy putt for par. Tiger misses his birdie putt, but goes out in a wonderful 30. Garcia makes his par and currently sits at +1.
11:55 – Another birdie chance for Woods as he knocks one to 15 or so feet on the shortest hole on the course. Rose’s troubles continue as his ball pitches near the back and hops into the rough.
11:45 – No forthcoming birides at the 8th, Garica will be the most dissappointed, having hit a 9-iron at the flag only to see it spin off the front and failing to get up and down.
11:33 – Three good tee-shots down the 8th on this birdieable hole.
11:29 – Rose misses his par putt and moves to +3. Garcia though is moving in the right direction, as he and Woods make a four.
11:27 – Woods pitches it close and has a makeable putt for birdie, Rose on the otherhand, can only pitch it to 10 feet with his fourth.
11:20 – Tiger finds the fairway on the 590-yard par 5 7th. 3-iron in his had for his second, he tugs it left and hits the ground in frustration.
11:05 – The American is looking ominous now, he puts his approach to around 20 feet and rolls it in the middle, perfect weight, to move into the lead at three under.
10:54 – Tiger has the honour and puts his stinger to good effect to find A1 on the fairway of the doglegging 6th. Rose follows him, but Garica just drifts a foot or so into the rough.
10:50 – Garcia watches as his effort slides by as well. The Spaniard’s putting will inevitably dictate his week at Royal Lytham.
10:48 – From that miss right, Woods clips a chip-and-run to about two feet. Rose’s first real birdie oppurtunity of the day, but it hits the cup and stays above ground.
10:43 – The 219-yard par 3 fifth is next for Tiger, he misses the flag long and right and anxiously watches as it trickles off the edge and into the rough. Rose hits one at the flag with his five iron, before Garcia gets even closer with his attempt.
10:40 – Tiger is shifting through the gears and rolls in a beautiful putt on the fifth for birdie and a share of the lead. Rose and Garcia settle for pars.
10:24 – Tiger is low and left of the par 4 third, ball slightly below his feet. Doesn’t faze a 14 time major champion though, as he chips in to tap in range.
10:20 – Rose also had to lay-up and go at the flag. He doesn’t get very close, and has around 20 feet for par.
10:18 – Tiger’s hitting a 7-iron from 194-yards, but misses the green. Garcia, after a poor tee-shot, has to chip-out sideways.
10:08 – Garcia makes a good up and down after a poor second. Rose and our man Tiger both take too from a fair distance on the green to stay +1 and -1 respectively.
10:00 – All three players find the short stuff off the tee, but none take much of an advantage of it when trying to knock it close.
9:55 – Garcia lags his putt perfectly and taps in for par, Rose watches as his effort slides by. Woods watches the Englishman’s putt closely, and doesn’t waste the information, sinking his birdie attempt.
9:50 – Rose has one foot in the sand and kneeling on the other out of it. Does well to splash his shot out about two inches from Tiger’s.
9:42 – He’s up and running, flushing his tee shot at the par-3 first to about eight feet. Rose finds the sand, but Garcia is on the dancefloor.
9:08 – First sign of Tiger on the range, he’ll be looking to perfect his trademark stinger with wind likely to play a big part in the scoring this week.
As always all eyes will be permanently fixed on Tiger Woods who heads to Royal Lytham as the favourite.
The difficult course has already drawn criticisms from Woods, who complained that the thick rough was “unplayable”, but write him off at your peril.
The American comes to the North West of England with three PGA Tour wins under his belt in 2012. Plus a career tally of 14 majors, including three at links courses, in 2000, 2005 and 2006.
Woods will tee off at 09:42 alongside Englishman Justin Rose and Spain’s Sergio Garcia and we’ll be folllowing his every move.