Tiger Woods’ opening 65 on Thursday at The Barclays was his lowest card this year and his lowest first-round score since the 2009 AT&T National. Better than that, the 6-under round is his best as a professional in New Jersey.
Although Woods tied for fourth at the 2005 PGA Championship, which was held just up the road from Ridgewood at Baltusrol, he stumbled to an opening 75 and was back home in central Florida before eventual champion Phil Mickelson had even signed his card.
Similarly, he finished runner-up last year at The Barclays to start the playoffs but never led after any round at Liberty National.
With a share of the early first-round lead at Ridgewood, however, Woods seems poised to get off the Jersey schneid.