British Open 2014: Tiger Woods fires 69, sits 3 shots back after Round 1

Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods strung together a 3-under 69 in the first round of the 2014 British Open on Thursday, keeping his quest to win an elusive 15th major intact. 

Woods got off to a rough start and bogeyed his first two holes. Just when it seemed like the 2008 U.S. Open champion was going to fade into oblivion once again, he rallied with five birdies through the remaining holes to card a 69 and remain just three shots back of 18-hole leader Rory McIlroy. 

Royal Liverpool is where Woods won his last of three British Open titles. The famed course in Hoylake, England saw plenty of red numbers on Thursday amid relatively favorable conditions in which there was a rare period of sunshine.

It will take more than good weather, however, for Woods to overcome McIlroy. The world’s eight-ranked player blazed through the historic track with a bogey-free round that saw him hit 77 percent of greens in regulation and tally six birdies. 

As all the players are well aware, there’s plenty more work to do, and another solid round from both popular players will make for an exciting tournament.

Photo Credit: The Week

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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