Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods' 7-over 78 Thursday at British Open

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods' 7-over 78 Thursday at British Open

2019 British Open

Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods' 7-over 78 Thursday at British Open

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The quest for major championship No. 16 continues for Tiger Woods on Thursday in Northern Ireland.

Hoping for the same magic he had after winning the Masters earlier this year, Woods will be contending for his fourth British Open title this week as the world’s best flock to Royal Portrush for golf’s final major of the season. He last held “Champion Golfer of the Year” status in 2006 after his Open Championship win at Royal Liverpool.

Woods begins his first round alongside Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed, teeing off at 10:10 a.m. ET. Follow his round with shot-by-shot updates and analysis below.

LEADERBOARD: British Open

Hole 18: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: One more hole. Just one more and this is over. Driver to end the day for Tiger and this one finds the rough to the left, because why not? That’ll be a spicy meatball.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger took a fairway metal here and tried to give it everything he had. He made pretty decent contact, ultimately finding the left rough up near the green. Not good, but not overly bad, either.

AROUND THE GREEN: This ball just didn’t check enough for Tiger and releases past the hole, coming to rest inside 20 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Two-putt bogey there from Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7-over 78.

Hole 17: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal again for Tiger here and once again, it’s a great tee shot. He’s found the short stuff more and more as the back nine carries on, he just hasn’t been able to capitalize.

APPROACH SHOT: Blind view of the green and Tiger just safely knocks this one on the dance floor. Nothing fancy.

ON THE GREEN: He was well outside 50 feet so Tiger just lags this one within a few feet of the hole. That’s a simple two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 17.

Hole 16: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Tiger couldn’t have made that birdie any sooner. Why? Because Portush’s final three holes – Calamity Corner – are no picnic. Not a bad result from Tiger here on the 222-yard par 3. He goes a little long, over the green and into a collection area. Should be able to get up-and-down from there.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger hits a good approach here, landing inside 10 feet and giving a solid line to the other two players in his group, whose tee shots also ended up in that collection area.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger converts the par putt. Nothing to see here.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 16.

Hole 15: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal here for Tiger and it’s another solid tee shot. He’s just short of a bunker, safely in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: From 145 yards out, Tiger lands this one safely on the green to the left of the pin, some 30-plus feet away it seems. By Tiger standards: not great. By Tiger today standards: at least its not the rough!

ON THE GREEN: Oh, so THIS is the putt that drops?! Okay then. Tiger canned this putt like he was up four shots on a Sunday and was just running away with the tournament. He had some fun with the gallery after sinking the putt. It’s the first Tiger Roar Portrush has heard.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 15.

Hole 14: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Tiger carves the middle of the fairway again. He’s hitting a lot better off the tee the later the round goes on. He just can’t get the rest of his game in tune.

APPROACH SHOT: Oh, boy. Another blown tee shot after Tiger tugs this one left into a bunker. A deep – like, really deep – bunker. He won’t be able to see the top of the flagstick, that’s how deep. As soon as he hit it he swung his club in anger. This is just bad.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger gets this onto the green, but he’s well away from the pin. Oof.

ON THE GREEN: He lags his first putt near the cup and converts the two-putt bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7-over thru 14.

Hole 13: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Elevated tee box here on the 200-yard par 3. It’s truly an incredible view. Tiger stared this one down and for good reason. He hit an absolutely beautiful shot here. Tiger’s ball landed on the green, got the perfect kick and rolled pin-high for a birdie chance. This one has to go, right? He’s due at this point.

ON THE GREEN: Not sure how he missed that one. Tiger just can’t figure it out today. Disappointing two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 13.

Hole 12: Par 5

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway found here for Tiger. He rips this one right down the middle and hears a “MASHED POTATOES” from the gallery.

SECOND SHOT: Another wasted drive as he loses this one to the left rough once again. One step forward, two steps back.

APPROACH SHOT: Not a bad recovery here from Tiger, floating this one from the rough and onto the green. It came out of the tall grass pretty easily, so he either caught it clean or the lie wasn’t as bad as it looked. He’s inside 15 feet for a much-needed birdie.

ON THE GREEN: TW had a great look here but he misses this one left. Two-putt par. That’s going to hurt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 12.

Hole 11: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Driver here for TW and its a beauty. He carries a mound to get some extra distance and he’s in the short stuff. Where’s that been all day?

APPROACH SHOT: Hole-high to the left on the green here for Tiger. Safe shot with an outside-chance at birdie to try and get a stroke back.

ON THE GREEN: This putt had so much pace. So, so much. From 30-40 feet he races this one past the cup and he’s got a long leave for par, about five-six feet. He cleans up and avoids another error.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 11.

Hole 10: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Tiger pokes this one down the right side, just leaking from the “fairway” to the rough (though it’s the same cut of grass).

APPROACH SHOT: Another mishit from Tiger. He misses the green and winds up on a mound, near the gallery, in the rough. Hitting greens in regulation is overrated, anyways.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger chips this one to around 10 feet. Nothing fancy. Nothing easy.

ON THE GREEN: He misses this low and left and taps in for another bogey, his fourth on the round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-over thru 10.

Hole 9: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway metal for Tiger and he hits a low-flying bullet that finds the left rough. He’s in the thick stuff.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger does his best just to advance this from the thick rough to the normal rough.

APPROACH SHOT: He’s on a mound with an awkward stance, but still knocks this up onto the green. Not a bad shot given the circumstances, he just can’t get anything going here today.

ON THE GREEN: Not a bad putt from inside 20 feet but Tiger can’t get it to fall. He taps in for bogey and a 5-over 41 on the front.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5-over thru 9.

Hole 8: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal off the tee for Tiger and this one finds the right side of the fairway, safe and sound after a disaster on the last hole.

APPROACH SHOT: Wedge here from Tiger and he’s pin-high to the right with a long birdie putt awaiting.

ON THE GREEN: Right-to-left movement up the slope a bit and Tiger leaves it just a few inches short. Great line, just short on speed. Par

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-over thru 8.

Hole 7: Par 5

OFF THE TEE:  After Patrick Reed lost this one well left, Tiger pokes this one down the left side of the fairway. Reed had to hit a provisional, if you’re curious.

SECOND SHOT: Nope. Not good. At all. He’s left, in the rough, with a blind shot at the green thanks to a mound directly in his line of sight.

THIRD SHOT: The wheels are falling off here as Tiger barely advances this ball. Looks like he caught he mound. Still in the rough.

FOURTH SHOT: Barely advances this one up the fairway. Silver lining: he’s out of the rough!

APPROACH SHOT: Well this one was nifty, landing on the green and spinning back to just a few feet for a bogey save on a hole that could’ve been much worse, seeing as he was hitting five from the fairway.

ON THE GREEN: And he taps it in for a colorful (somewhat impressive?) six.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-over thru 7.

Hole 6: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Back-middle pin straight into the wind. Lots of movement on the green. This’ll be fun. Fans are 20-deep watching on this hole from the tee to the green. What an awesome hole. Anyways, back to the action. Tiger held his pose and stared this one down, but not for good reasons. He misses the green to the left and will have to get creative with the short game here.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger took a bunch of practice swings and his club face was WIDE open. He needed a few more swings. He blades this one over the green into a hill, and it *almost* rolls onto the green. Instead it catches a slope and rolls off the opposite side. Now, instead of having green to work with, he’s short-sided with a mound between him and the hole. Not good. He plays a bump-and-run into the slope, pops it up and lets it carry just beyond the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Inside 10 feet for bogey and Tiger never gave this one a chance, missing left the whole way. Tap-in double. Yikes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-over thru 6.

Hole 5: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: It’s a short par-4 here and Tiger’s 265-yard drive is just on the right side of the fairway. He’ll have 86 yards to the pin, but they’re waiting on the group ahead, who are still putting on the green.

APPROACH SHOT: The green layout makes it difficult to attack the pin. Tiger throws this one in the air and to the back of the green. A long birdie putt awaits.

ON THE GREEN: Oof. He had a long putt that he left quite short. Not his greatest effort there. He misses the par putt, pushing it a little right. Blown tee shot as Tiger drops his first stroke of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over thru 5.

Hole 4: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Tiger’s doing some stretches while waiting on the fourth tee. Not sure if he’s just trying to stay loose or if there’s some actual discomfort. Anyways, he pures this one off the tee and carves the middle of the fairway. Great shot.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger’s got a somewhat-blind shot at the green here but he plays this one like a pro. His ball lands on the right side of the green, takes a skip to the left and runs off the slope towards the back-left pin. Solid stroke to set up a birdie putt from around 20 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger got a decent look from group member Matt Wallace but didn’t go to school enough or just mishit it. Either way, two-putt par. Moving on.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4.

Hole 3: Par 3

OFF THE TEE: 175 yards to the pin and the Big Cat goes with pitching wedge. He sticks this one inside 10 feet for his best look at birdie today. Yeah, that’s right, a 175-yard pitching wedge. This guy.

ON THE GREEN: Blown opportunity here as Tiger’s putt clips the edge. He won’t get many better looks than that. This two-putt par will hurt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3.

Hole 2: Par 5

OFF THE TEE: No driver here for Tiger, who lays off with a fairway metal. His tee shot looks to be safe in the fairway but finds a bunker. The scramble continues.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger just pitches this one out of the bunker and advances up the fairway. Safe shot. Oh, and the rains are gone and the suns out. Welcome to Northern Ireland, folks.

APPROACH SHOT: 235 yards to the green from the short stuff, downwind (11-13 mph). Solid stroke from Tiger, who finds the green, short and right of the pin. Nice and comfortable swing there (but this putt is a doozy with some serious break).

ON THE GREEN: From outside 20 feet Tiger gives this one a ride up the hill and along the strong right-to-left break. The putt runs just below the hole and he’ll have a short one to clean up for par. He makes the three-footer and walks off with par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2.

Hole 1: Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Here. We. Go. Tiger goes with iron here on No. 1 and finds the left rough. He seemed to grimace a little bit after that tee shot. Was it because of the poor shot? Maybe an injury? Not sure, we’ll be monitoring.

APPROACH SHOT: He’s got 193 yards to the pin from the tall grass to the left of the fairway. Tiger gave that one a good, strong cut and barely found the green before his ball rolled into a bunker. That’ll be a tough up-and-down from there, looking like a bogey start. As for the previous grimace, he seems fine for now and really went after that shot.

AROUND THE GREEN: Well he sure made that look easy. The bunker was a good 20-ish feet below the putting surface, and Tiger’s out plays up the green perfectly. He’s still got some meat left on the bone there, but it’s a par putt from just outside 10 feet.

ON THE GREEN: The rains have come as Tiger stands over his par putt. Just some subtle movement here and Tiger cans the putt to escape with a great par on his opening hole. On to the next.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1.

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