Tiger Woods Struggles in First Round of US PGA National

Tiger Woods, who was out for three months with back injury, carded three-over 74 in the opening round.

updated: June 27, 2014 10:04 IST
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Tiger Woods hopes to play his way into shape this week ahead of the British Open next month.

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Bethesda: Tiger Woods struggled to a three-over par 74 Thursday in his first competitive round after a three-month injury layoff, battling back after a woeful start at the US PGA National.

On a Congressional Country Club course where Woods won in 2009 and 2012, he showed troubles off the tee and with the putter in his much-anticipated return after a 109-day absence due to back surgery to relieve a pinched nerve.

The legendary shotmaker, who won four majors in a row starting with the 2000 US Open, could not consistently summon the skill that drew worldwide audiences to him, but raised his game with three birdies and three pars over the final six holes in his first warm-up round for next month's British Open.

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