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Tiger Woods is one-over after front nine at Open

October 6, 2011 |  2:55 pm


A confident Tiger Woods insisted that he planned on winning the Open this week, but after the front nine of the first round, he might aim a little lower – like beating the other two golfers in his threesome.

Woods followed an opening birdie with some forgettable golf, hitting too many wayward drives and not enough accurate putts to stand at one-over at CordeValle in San Martin, Ca.

His playing partner, UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay, looked far more assured, sinking a birdie putt on the ninth hole to reach three-under. Louis Oosthuizen made the turn at par.

A trio of golfers held the lead at four-under on a blustery day of alternating sunshine and rain.


Tiger Woods says a fast start is possible

--David Wharton, reporting from San Martin, Calif.

Photo: Tiger Woods on the second hole Thursday. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters.