AKRON, Ohio – There isn’t much that can be definitively stated about Tiger Woods’ opening-round 2-under 68 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, but there is reason for optimism.
In each of Woods’ eight victories here at Firestone, he’s posted 68 or better in the first round every time.
Thursday’s round included a double bogey and two bogeys, but Woods countered them with six birdies, including on each of the holes after a miscue.
“I got a little ticked out there today because I know what I can do and I know the shots that I need to hit and I know I need to place the ball and I didn't do it a couple times,” said Woods, who is four strokes behind leader Marc Leishman. “I didn't take advantage of some of the iron shots I had in there, too.
“But more importantly, to be able to go 3-for-3 on the bouncebacks, that was nice.”
Following a 69th-place finish at the Open Championship, he said he felt like the first round of his third tournament since microdiscectomy surgery was another step in the right direction.
“I feel like I made some progress. As I said, this is only my seventh round back. So it's just going to take a little time. I'm starting to get in the flow of things.
“If you look at my iron shots into the holes today, a majority of them were pin high. So I'm starting to get the feel back in my hands and get the ball, my trajectory under control. I'm starting to get the shots hitting the ball the correct numbers again.”