Tiger sees room to improve on opening 66 at BMW

Tiger Woods during the first round of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs, near Chicago.

Tiger Woods during the first round of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs, near Chicago.

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— Tiger Woods made seven birdies and shot 5-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship first round. Yet he said, “I didn’t get anything out of it.”

He hit 15 greens in regulation, further evidence that he played well at Conway Farms, the tournament’s new venue. Yet he said, “I wasted a lot of shots.”

It’s hard to say he didn’t get much out of his round, for he was tied for third when he walked off the golf course with a 66. But he’s right about wasting shots – three in particular.

Perhaps because he had seen Conway only once (in the Wednesday pro-am), Woods missed three short putts – par putts of 3 1/2 feet and 2 feet 9 inches at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, and a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth.

Woods ended up three shots behind leader Brandt Snedeker and two back of Zach Johnson. They went low on a day that Conway played short. Some players hit as many as five sand wedges into greens on the front nine alone.

“The ball was traveling,” Woods said. “On some holes, 3-woods were going over 300 yards.”

Woods was frustrated that he parred each of the three par-5 holes. But he was sharp enough to hit seven approach shots inside of 7 feet. Until he holed a 23-footer on his last hole, the longest of his six made birdie putts was from 7 feet. Two of them were from 1 1/2 and 3 feet.

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