Jul 18, 2014

    Tiger's 69 puts him in frame for Open warfare


    TIGER Woods rolled back the years with some of the scintillating golf that made him a 14-time Major winner as he carded a three-under 69 in the opening round of the British Open yesterday.

    A marvellous run of five birdies in six holes down the stretch left him three shots off the clubhouse pace set by Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

    After the worst possible start on his return to the scene of his 2006 triumph at Hoylake, the 12th of his 14 Majors, Woods electrified the crowd as they roared him home on a baking hot day in Royal Liverpool.

    The hype and tension surrounding the American and how he would perform in just his second tournament since he underwent back surgery was telling, and the former world No. 1 began with two nervous bogeys to open his round.

    But he soon hit his stride.

    McIlroy had a one-stroke clubhouse lead over Italian rising star Matteo Manassero, who had seven birdies en route to a 67.