True grit from Woods in tough Open challenge
"Nice shot," a girl screamed without knowing if she was right or wrong. The ball curled to the right of the first hole, hit a lonely tree and plunged into the longest grass available. Welcome to the 2013 British Open Tiger Woods.
Many players might have disintegrated at this point and carded a double bogey or worse. Showing no sign of pain from the nagging elbow injury that thwarted his chances at the US Open last month, he made great contact from the knee-high rough and worked his ball up to the greenside bunker.
The usual circus accompanied Woods around Muirfield. Cameramen on fairways in segways, ludicrous screams from the galleries every time he hit a tee shot, photographers clicking early just when players are about to strike the ball.
He found himself in a cramped bunker position on three but played a super shot to gimme range. The crowd recognised it was a special shot from a special player.
After an intense first hour, Woods released the pressure with his first birdie, on the par three fourth. For the first time, he actually looked like he might be enjoying himself out there.
After a decent drive on five, he strolled down the fairway chatting away happily to playing partner Graeme McDowell.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online