In what was initially touted to be golf’s version of an All-Star game, Tiger Woods outperformed his playing partners Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson and fired an opening round of 69. Woods currently sits at -1, only three shots behind leader Michael Thompson.
Woods was steady as ever throughout the day, and seemed to hit quality shot time and time. He started the day on the much easier back nine and made the turn at even par.
By the time Woods started the front nine, Mickelson and Watson were already several strokes back and struggling to find any kind of rhythm. The first six holes at Olympic Club are extremely difficult, but seemed to be no match for Woods as he played them in -1, birdieing holes 4 and 5, but slipped up with a bogey on the 6th. From there, he parred the remaining holes.
The threesome will tee off tomorrow in the afternoon wave at 4:18 ET. Watson and Mickelson will need a major turnaround in order to simply make the cut. If Woods continues his stellar play, look for him in the final group come Sunday.