Tim Dahlberg: Tiger Woods close, but mistakes costly again at British Open

Things were going so well for Tiger Woods that he didn't have to mark a par putt until the eighth hole Thursday at Carnoustie.

The three-time Open champion, who competed in the event for the first time since 2015, downplayed its impact on the round but said his neck has "been bugging me for a while".

Woods went onto bogey the par-4 to go one over.

Played in the United Kingdom as the only major not in the USA, the British Open is being held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland in 2018.

"I played a little bit better yesterday", said the three-time Open champion and 14-time major champion. Yesterday was a little bit more defensive. "Today wasn't quite as good, but I finally birdied [a] par-5".

Woods will be in action for the second round tomorrow. 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.

Then, seeking laughs, Knox concluded, "So yeah, I think it was important to get it out of the way, and next time I'll bury him".

The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name "Johnson" atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world.

"So distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course".

Woods ended one dubious streak, one that saw him shoot over par in the first round of his last eight major championships, dating to the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool.

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

Still, this does not seem as much of a hurdle. Carnoustie is considered one of the toughest courses in the world for a reason, and even with abundant sunshine and little wind early in the day, there were just 17 scores in the 60s. It was the tee shot of US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who hit driver off the tee to set up an easy birdie. Woods said after his round that he expects one of the late starters to go low, meaning he could potentially be too far back with 36 holes to play, given the amount of players in front of him. "It's kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest". "And the ball started coming off on the line, and when I'm doing that, I feel like I can hole them all".

DJ wasn't as fortunate and made a awful triple-bogey on the 18th hole; he's now five-over and needs a solid performance on Friday to see the weekend. But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes. Even while the morning wasn't especially brutal as it lacked menacing wind, the afternoon promised more kindness.

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