Tiger Woods shoots 2-under 70 in solid opening round at the Memorial

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Tiger Woods shoots 2-under 70 in solid opening round at the Memorial

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Tiger Woods shoots 2-under 70 in solid opening round at the Memorial

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Tiger Woods made back-to-back birdies late and closed with a par to shoot 2-under 70 Thursday morning in Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament.

Looking refreshed and more prepared than he was for the PGA Championship at Bethpage, Woods was excellent off the tee and overcame some early issues with the irons. His yardages weren’t quite dialed in at the start of the round but looked solid by the end of it, including his 8-iron approach to just a few feet for birdie at the par-3 eighth hole.

That came on the heels of another birdie at No. 7 as Woods finished strong despite a ho-hum start in his group with Justin Rose and Bryson DeChambeau. He’s still five shots behind early leader Ryan Moore, who shot 7-under 65 Thursday.

Woods and Co. are back at it at 1:16 p.m. Friday afternoon for Round 2.

Woods’ birdie at the par-5 fourth hole ended a stretch of nine consecutive pars, but he gave it right back with a bogey at the par-4 fifth after missing the green long with his approach.

He got off to a good start with a birdie at the par-5 11th, his second hole of the day, draining a seven-footer to get to 1 under on the day. He fell back to even after failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-4 14th hole.

The Memorial Tournament will serve as Woods’ final pre-U.S. Open tune-up ahead of the third major of the year next month at Pebble Beach. Woods improved on an even-par 72 in the opening round of the 2018 Memorial, where he tallied a T-23 finish at 9 under for the week.

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