On his return on the PGA tour, Tiger Woods has handed in a card of 71 (-1) during the first round of the Memorial tournament, Thursday, in Ohio.
The former world number 1 has made four birdies and committed three bogueys. He shares the 18th level overall with six other golfers.
This is the first time that Woods participates in an event of the PGA tour since the month of February last.
“I felt certainly of nervousness and anxiety, he said in the daily “the Guardian”. I felt something that I hadn’t felt for a while, it’s good.”
Woods would have, however, enjoyed better weather conditions.
“I would have liked to start with easier conditions. There was wind and it swirled. I was rusty, but I have the impression that all in all it was a good beginning,” he expressed.
The athlete’s 44-year-old has already won five times the Memorial tournament, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2012.
After 18 holes, Woods is five strokes off the leader, American Tony Finau.
The latter has played 66 (-6), yielding nine birdies, including six on the back nine. He also raised three bogueys. Ryan Palmer is a blow to the head, while Brendan Steele, and Gary Woodland are tied for third echelon, who have a delay of two strikes on Finau.
The first round has been particularly difficult for Canadians, who have all played above the normal.
Corey Conners was the best representative of the maple leaf with a score of 73 (+1). It shares the 42nd overall with a wealth of opponents.
Mackenzie Hughes and Nick Taylor have returned cards of 74 (+2), while Adam Hadwin has played 76 (+4).
The winner of the tournament last week, Collin Morikawa, has been a difficult day with a card of 76 (+4).