PARAMUS, N.J. – In his first tournament since his divorce, Tiger Woods played by far his best round of the year Thursday at The Barclays, missing only one fairway and two greens in a round of 6-under 65.
It was his lowest round of the year.
He was atop the leaderboard at Ridgewood Country Club, with the morning group still not finished.
Woods used his driver only twice, although one was nearly perfect. On the 291-yard fifth hole, his drive landed pin-high and rolled 15 feet away for a two-putt birdie. He finished with a 6-foot birdie.
The timing could not have been better. Woods needs a good week to advance out of the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.