Tiger Woods cards birdie-free round, near last place at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods was not good on Thursday, his scorecard was still historic though. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods was not good on Thursday, his scorecard was still historic though. (USATSI)

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According to Jamie Kennedy Tiger Woods has played 1,112 career PGA Tour rounds and Thursday's at the Tour Championship was just his eighth without a birdie.

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Woods was the only golfer in the field at East Lake on Thursday without a birdie.

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According to Justin Ray of ESPN this is the first time Woods has gone without a birdie since the first round of the 2010 US Open.

Are you starting to get the idea that it was not a good day for Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Tour Championship? Because it wasn't.

Here's a look at a Woods scorecard nobody has seen in quite a while:

The good news for Woods is that there are only 27 golfers between him at 3 over and Henrik Stenson at 6 under. The bad news is that he's in second to last and nine shots is a lot to make up, especially with the way Stenson is playing.

Woods had the best seat in the house to watch Stenson's 6-under 64 as he played with him for the first day. Tiger will play with Jason Dufner (who's in last place) on Friday.

Woods declined to speak to the media after his round on Thursday -- and who wouldn't with the way he putted? That led to this exchange on Twitter which made me laugh quite a bit:

Tiger's putter was ice all day, too. The field average for putts per hole was 1.76 and Woods finished just over two.

He'll have to swing the pendulum back in the next three days which certainly won't be easy. In Woods' last two trips to East Lake he's been 2 over and 3 under in his last three rounds. Neither (obviously) will get it done this year.

There's precedent though. In 2007, when Woods won this tournament and the FedEx Cup, he was 17 under in his last three rounds and went on to win by eight strokes.

It won't take that much this year, but with Stenson already at 6 under and Adam Scott at 5 under and gunning for the player of the year award, it might take something close.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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