The white ball soared into the cobalt sky, like a tracer spherical in direction of the left facet of the seventh fairway stretching out under.
Woods had simply bogeyed the fifth and double bogeyed the quick sixth, nevertheless it was a day for weathering storms, each from the sky and from inside.
The 43-year-old had earlier set social media ablaze after showing to grimace following his opening tee shot on the primary day of the 148th Open Championship.
His surgically fused again was the fast concern, and a weary Woods admitted after carding a seven-over 78 he was “sore.”
“I am simply not shifting effectively,” he advised reporters with a resigned expression. “It is simply the way in which it’s. It is simply father time and a few procedures I’ve had over time. It is simply the way in which it is going to be.”
‘Onerous time shifting’
Woods was capable of take part a seek for enjoying companion Patrick Reed’s drive into the wilderness on the seventh, however returning to his personal shot from the left fringe, simply yards from the straining crowd, he caught it heavy.
Disgusted, he tossed his membership on the toes of caddie Joe LaCava and strode into the center of the golf green to be alone.
Up forward, additional off line, Woods swung at his third however barely acquired it airborne because it scuffed ahead over a dune in entrance.
Remarkably, Woods made a multitude of his subsequent shot, too. He went to smash his membership on the bottom however thought higher of it.
Woods amassed a bogey six on the gap — the identical gap that value his former nemesis David Duval a 14 — to slip to 4 over.
He later admitted he was “scraping” it round.
“My heat up wasn’t superb, I used to be having a tough time shifting, simply making an attempt to piece collectively a swing that can get me across the golf course,” he advised reporters.
‘Life strikes on’
The previous world No.1 appeared to have overcome his 4 main again surgical procedures to clinch that outstanding 15th main title and fifth Inexperienced Jacket on the Masters in April, however he’s conscious his physique won’t permit him to have such highs each time he performs.
“One of many causes I am enjoying much less tournaments this yr is to hopefully lengthen my profession,” he mentioned.
“I am not 24 any extra, life modifications, life strikes on. I can not commit the hours to observe like I used to. These days are gone. I’ve to be lifelike about my expectations and hopefully peak on the proper time. I peaked at Augusta effectively, and hopefully I can peak a pair extra time this yr.”
From the seventh Woods dropped three extra photographs earlier than his first birdie of the day courtesy of a protracted putt on the 15th. Woods licked his finger and described a No.1 within the air to indicate the primary.
He made one other bogey on the final, however shortly fronted as much as talk about his plight with ready reporters.
Woods mentioned he was off for fast therapy on his again, however vowed he would return for Friday’s spherical. “I will be there,” he mentioned.
He trails first-round chief JB Holmes 12 photographs and is prone to be heading house early from Northern Eire.