BETHESDA, Md. -- No surprise, Tiger Woods’ first round in 3 ½ months has been a rusty one.
Beginning on the back side at Congressional Country Club, Woods opened with five bogeys in his first nine holes to make the turn in 4-over 39. At the time he was tied for last among the early starters, but he had elite company – his fellow playing competitors, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, each were 4 over after their opening nine. Those three are the highest-ranked players in the field at the Quicken Loans National.
On his opening nine, Woods hit 5 of 7 fairways but also missed five greens. He failed to get up and down each time, taking 18 putts.
Woods bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11, then made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole. He gave that shot right back on 15, then bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18 after missing putts inside 10 feet.
This is Woods’ first PGA Tour round since March 9, when he played the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He underwent back surgery on March 31.