Woods' elbow survives early test


GULLANE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ rehabbed elbow was tested right away Thursday at the Open Championship.

His second shot of the day.

After sending his opening tee ball at Muirfield into the thick rough (and then taking a drop for an unplayable lie), Woods thrashed out with an iron and eventually walked away with bogey.

An inauspicious start, sure, but at least this was promising: Woods didn’t grimace or flex his arm, showing no ill effects from the elbow strain that occurred at The Players, flared up at the U.S. Open and sidelined him for the past four weeks.

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“Elbow held up great,” said Woods, who shot 2-under 69 and sits three shots off the first-round lead. “That’s one of the reasons I took the break to make sure that was good. I knew the ground was going to be hard over here. There’s potential for having some long rough. And that little time off helped.”

For the day, Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens. He tees off at 9:44 a.m. local time Friday.