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The Tour Report

July 5 2012

1:01 PM

Woods struggles in opening round

Interview: Tiger Woods

Following his opening-round 71, Tiger Woods reflects on his play in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic with Doug Bell from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Tiger Woods is playing The Greenbrier Classic for the first time, and it showed in his play Thursday.

Coming off a win last week at the AT&T National -- his third in his last seven starts -- Woods struggled to a 1-over 71 in pristine conditions at The Old White TPC.

Woods made four birdies but also had three bogeys and a double bogey in a rollercoaster round.

“I was a little bit off with my game, and on top of that I didn't have the speed of these greens at all,” said Woods, who took 31 putts. “My last three tournaments, the greens were awfully quick and they have a lot of swing at the end because of how fast they are. I missed literally every single putt high today.”

Some of those were from close range.

Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the 13th hole (his fourth of the day) and then missed from 2 feet on the 17th, where he made double bogey after hitting his tee shot into the water right.

Last week, Woods hardly missed a shot, especially in the final round when he was 16-for-16 on putts from inside 10 feet and missed just one green.

Thursday, he hit just 10 greens in regulation.

Even when he did hit the green, Woods didn’t give himself many birdie looks. Only four of his approach shots were to inside 15 feet and most were a lot farther away than that.

"It was off, a little bit off today, just a fraction off,” Woods said of his ball-striking.

And when it wasn’t, his putter wasn’t.

Normally, Woods plays nine holes Tuesdays of a tournament. But bad weather wiped out that practice round and his only look at the course was during Wednesday’s pro-am.

“And then it was foggy out, so I didn't see the first couple holes,” said Woods, who went to the range after his round. “It's not something that I'm unfamiliar with, I just didn't make the adjustment today.”

He has managed to make it before, though. Seventeen times in his career on the PGA TOUR Woods has won at a course he was playing for the first time (though six of those were majors).

The last time he did it was in 2006 at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship at The Grove in England.

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