Woods started his morning with a walk to the 11th tee to restart play and he ended up shooting a four-over 76, his highest score at the Blue Monster (over 40 rounds). His scorecard on the back nine only included one par — which could have been a good thing if the rest of the eight holes were birdies and/or eagles. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
However, Woods did get on a bit of a roll at one point, draining three birdies in row on nos. 15-17 after he double-bogeyed no. 14. His hot stretch ended when he dunked his tee shot on the daunting 18th into the water, but he still managed to save bogey on the infamous finishing hole.
Tiger, a seven-time champion of the Cadillac Championship, was T53 in a field of 68 through the opening round.
He did not stop to speak to reporters in the short time before preparing to tee off again for his second 18 holes.
Meanwhile, Patrick Reed posted seven birdies and three bogeys in the first round to open with a four-under 68 to take a one-shot lead. Reed is making his first start at the Cadillac Championship. Just two weeks ago, he made his World Golf Championship debut at the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he finished T17 after he was knocked out in round two.
“Yesterday I just didn’t get myself into trouble,” said Reed. “I felt like I hit a lot of good shots, hit a lot of greens, and I was making some good putts.
“Today just seemed I started off with a really solid 4-iron to three feet on the par 3, 5, which jumpstarted the round. It’s playing tough out there. Just got to keep doing what I’m doing, make some putts and hit solid shots.”
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