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.