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Tiger Woods made five birdies and just one bogey in his opening round

Tiger Woods made five birdies and just one bogey in his opening round

"I hit some good shots today, but also I didn't feel like I was in control of the golf ball today", Woods said.

Woods has never been totally forthcoming in these situations, though he did admit after the first round of the Memorial Tournament in June that he sometimes wakes up with a stiff lower back, which is simply life for him as a 42-year-old golfer who has endured four back surgeries.

Thomas finished on 15 under after a one-under 69 on the final day. It was the fifth round they've played together this year.

At one stage, Day rocketed into a tie for second courtesy of an incredible hole-out for birdie at the par-three 15th. This isn't my first time in contention to win on Sunday, so I'm far more prepared for what I'll feel tomorrow.

The Holywood man, who won here in 2014 as part of his dominant stretch that also saw him win The Open and US PGA Championship, got off to a strong start after birdieing the second despite a wayward drive which finished on the adjacent third hole, and the four-time Major victor was then nearly hit by a shot from the group in front who were actually playing the par-four. Why should he? The guy's won here eight times, so he knows what to do around this place.

"Everything", Woods said when asked what he was fighting.

"It felt good, I hit a few more fairways today which definitely helped", McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"Very similar to, you know, the first day". The difference is I made everything the first day.

He also didn't give himself a lot of chances.

A good par save at the mammoth par-four ninth saw him make the turn two under for the day, only for a poor wedge shot over the 10th green to leave him with an nearly impossible shot, leading to a bogey.

"It's mainly just recovering, " Woods said. "In this format, birdies are key, and it's nearly hard to get aggressive when the wind is gusting all over the place". Just one of those days. So I'm excited for it, and I think it's going to be great prep for next week as well. "So it's just about getting ready for tomorrow, and then from there, trying to build all my energy into Thursday of next week".

But Woods seemed to take the uneven performance in stride, recognizing that he is not always going to be at the top of his game and setting his attention toward this week's PGA Championship in St. Louis.

Jason Day dug deep into his bag of tricks with an incredible hole-out in the third round of the PGA event in OH setting him up for a final round title charge.

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