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Cary Erickson | 20 July, 2018, 19:05

That's apparently what happened to Tiger Woods, and it explains why he was wearing KT tape on his neck Thursday at Carnoustie, Scotland. His golf game couldn't quite match the excitement.

Despite an uncharacteristically - for him - late start time of 3.21pm, two birdies in his first four holes saw the galleries grow around him as hopes were raised of seeing a return to the Woods of old who dominated majors for more than a decade.

Tiger Woods is a 14-time major victor, however, he has angered golf fans this afternoon after pushing away children eagerly waiting for his autograph at The Open.

It left him just five shots behind first-round leader Kevin Kisner but considering he tackled a dry-roasted Carnoustie course when it was playing as tough as it had all day it was a serious statement of intent. And today, some of them were nice putts, some of them are really good shots, but overall, I think, it was mostly tee shots that made the difference.

"So it certainly could have been a little bit better".

"I came off the range feeling better and clearer and I thought if I could get it under par for the tournament that would be a great day".

He made a long eagle putt on the par-5 sixth. The rest were iron shots off tees to better position himself and avoid the cavernous pot bunkers from which it is almost impossible to advance the ball toward the green. Carnoustie features just two par-5s, and the long-hitting Finau birdied both.

The US Open runner-up made a confident start as he followed three pars with birdies at the fourth and fifth, and another at the ninth took him to the turn in 33 before he got further putts to drop at 111 and 14. But today with the wind coming out of the south, southeast, it didn't allow that.

"Just helping me support my neck a little bit. It's just really hard".

Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, was headed toward being the first No. 1 player in the world to miss the cut at The Open since Luke Donald in 2011 at Royal St. George's.

But another trend continued. Yet he has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, along with majors at the Masters and The Open.

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Still, this does not seem as much of a hurdle.

"I spent a lot of time with Jordan and the Claret Jug". "He plowed his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee".

Woods hasn't broken par in the opening round of a major in four years - or, in his terms, eight majors.

A three-putt bogey on the third, and it looked as if it might spiral.

Tiger Woods of the USA lines up a putt during the first round.

13 and 15, then scrambled well to par his way home.

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Woods has always been able to see and execute those shots in innovative fashion, with several possibilities to fuel his inner golf nerd. Most notably, J.B.

According to KT Tape's website, the tape is used to relieve pain, provide support where needed and will stay in place through "multiple demanding workouts for up to seven days (and) in the harshest conditions including daily showers, humidity, cold, even in the pool".

"So distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course". That golfer, Schleiden assured, was not Woods.

"It was a struggle on Thursday", he said. Those were unpaid deals. He was walking with a certain swagger we're beginning to see each time he gets on a roll. "When it's organic and real".