SYDNEY – Interesting round for Tiger Woods through nine holes on Day 1 at the Australian Open. Despite a balky putter and some poor tee shots he’s 1 under par following a birdie at the par-5 eighth hole.
Woods hit just three fairways to begin his week and trails early frontrunner Jarrod Lyle by six strokes on a blustery day in the Sydney suburbs, but it’s been his putting that has slowed him.
Woods grazed the cup on three attempts and missed birdie chances from 10 feet at the first, 20 feet at the fourth and 6 feet at the sixth and needed 15 putts on his outward loop.
Still, the world No. 58 is a crowd favorite at The Lakes. On the fourth hole a fan asked Jason Day’s wife, Ellie, to snap a picture of him as Woods walked by in the background. Tough crowd for Day, who Greg Norman said has the best chance of any Australian to become No. 1 in the world.