Tiger Woods played likely the longest round of his lengthy career on Thursday and managed to squeeze out a 4-under 67 that included zero bogeys and four birdies.
Woods was succinct to Golf Channel after his round.
"It was a long day."
Woods teed off at 8:15 a.m. local time and didn't finish up until 6:50 p.m. local time because of one morning rain delay and another lengthy one in the afternoon.
It was Woods though who made it rain on the greens before the afternoon weather rolled in as he birdied three straight birdies on the back nine (he started on No. 10).
He picked up where he left off too with four straight pars and a birdie once the golfers got back on the course.
Woods looked especially in control on the greens as he needed only 30 putts en route to his 67 (he only hit 51 percent of greens in regulation).
Here's a look at his scorecard:
The 67 is Woods fourth straight first round under par at the Barclays as his previous three appearances included a 68-65-70 run.
Woods saved a really good par on the final hole after slinging his club in disgust after an errant second shot. The club half-toss actually made me laugh out loud for some reason. Here's a look:
Tiger has been battling a stiff back (from a too-soft hotel bed) and he said it annoyed him a little bit on Thursday.
"It was a bit stiff this afternoon but I'll get a little treatment tonight and it'll be good."
Woods has never won this tournament -- his best finish T2 in 2009 when Heath Slocum took home first prize.
Given that he's won five of the seven non-major stroke play tournaments he's entered in 2013 though and within three of the lead when he finished late on Thursday night, I don't think I'm betting against him.