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Golf: Tiger makes woeful start to first comeback round

Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:52 PM

BETHESDA, United States (AFP) - Tiger Woods struggled on Thursday with five bogeys in the opening nine holes of his first competitive golf round after a three-month injury layoff, making the turn at four-over par 39.

He showed troubles off the tee and with his putter in his long-awaited return after a 109-day absence on Congressional Country Club's back nine in the opening round of the US$6.5 million (S$8.1 million) US PGA National.

Teeing off at the 10th hole to cheers and applause, Woods stumbled with back-to-back bogeys, answered with a birdie at the 14th, but took another bogey at 15, missed a six-foot birdie putt at the par-five 16th to settle for par and closed with back-to-back bogeys.

Chasing Jack Nicklaus' all-time record of 18 major titles, Woods hopes to play his way into shape this week ahead of next month's British Open at Royal Liverpool, where the 14-time Major winner took the Claret Jug in 2006.

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