If I asked you at any time this year what Tiger Woods would probably do at his first round at the Bridgestone Invitational after a major back surgery you probably would have said "be incredible impressive at times but also inconsistent."
And you would be exactly right.
"Very pleased with today," Woods said after his round. "I hit a lot of good shots. Overall, it was a good, solid day. This is only my seventh round back. I still have to get into the flow of things. I'm starting to get my feels back."
Woods shot a 2-under 68 that included some truly breathtaking shots (see here) but also some silly mistakes, especially off the tee.
It also included some balky iron play. He wasn't pleased with this one!
Still, the 68 is plenty good for contention after a round one where nobody went south of 64. Woods is just four back of Marc Leishman.
Plus, it's a good harbinger for the rest of his week.
Tiger Woods opens with 68. Woods opened with 68 or better in all 8 of his wins at this event.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 31, 2014
Here's a look at his wild card that included just two pars in the first 10 holes:
It's no secret that Woods is elite at this course and maybe this is just what he needs to get his year started. Or re-started.
If he stays out of trouble off the tee, shots like this will carry him to the end on Sunday, and you know that's all he wants.