Tiger Woods signed for his worst round as a professional at St. Andrews on Thursday.
Woods shot an ugly 4-over 76 in the opening round of the British Open, failing to take advantage of the favorable scoring conditions. The tone was set right away when he dumped a wedge shot into the burn that runs in front of the first green, leading to the first of five bogeys.
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He finally made his only birdie of the day at the par-5 14th, but he’ll go to the second round a daunting 11 shots behind the clubhouse leader, Dustin Johnson.
In other words, Woods’ main priority on Friday will be making the cut. That’s a far cry from his previous performances at St. Andrews, where he won the claret jug in 2000 and 2005.
Woods walked off the course tied for 133rd, having bested only two other players to complete their rounds. He was tied with 65-year-old Tom Watson, who had a 76 in his final British Open.
"Guys have been shooting good numbers," Woods said. "Unfortunately I did not do that." Instead, he was headed for a missed cut for the third time in his last four majors.