ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Day 1 at St. Andrews was a lesson in patience for Tiger Woods. Just 1 under par through six holes on a day when players were making the most of calm, cool conditions, Woods let “the round mature” with birdies at Nos. 7, 9, 12, 13 and 14 for a 5-under 67 that trailed only three rounds from the morning wave.
“Most guys were under (par) early, but I just kept hanging in there and kept plugging along,” Woods said.
For the day Woods hit a respectable 14 of 16 fairways, 17 greens in regulation and, perhaps even more impressive, not a single greenside bunker, stirring memories of his 2000 victory at St. Andrews when he rounded the layout four times without hitting into a one of the Old Course’s menacing bunkers.