Birdie finally drops


DUBLIN, Ohio -- It took Tiger Woods nine holes, but a birdie putt finally fell at Muirfield Village at 5.42 p.m. ET. Woods faced the prospect of going through the first nine holes of a tournament without a birdie for the first time in a PGA Tour event since 2005.

But even while the Tour's media staff were scrambling to confirm that, Woods made it a moot point by curling in a 20-footer at the par-4 ninth. It was much needed, leaving him 1 over at the turn on a day when the course is there for the taking after torrential overnight rain. Woods actually drove the ball well early, but seemed to lose his confidence off the tee after a poor drive at the par-4 sixth.

From the left rough, his second shot landed on a sprinkler head in front of the green and took an almighty bounce all the way over the green, over the gallery, into the rough, from where he struggled to make bogey.