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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 July, 2003, 08:04 GMT 09:04 UK
Tiger at the Open: Round One

All the action as it happened from Tiger Woods' first round at Sandwich.

Two birdies during the final four holes meant Tiger Woods' first round 73 wasn't as bad as it could have been.

The world number one seemed at odds with the golfing Gods during the middle stages of his round after three consecutive bogeys which compounded the misery of a triple-bogey seven at the opening hole.

But two birdies at 15 and 16 allowed him to finish on a high and he could have had a birdie at the last but for a moment of poor fortune.

Tiger's first round score: Two-over par


Hole 18: Woods' tee shot catches a bad bounce asnd drifts into the light rough - but he should have a chance of making the green in two. He finds the front edge of the putting surface but will need to negotiate 25 yards of green for a birdie or par. His attempt hits the middle of the cup but bounces out. A smile crosses his face - he has suffered from some poor luck during his round. Sergio Garcia finishes on two over after a back nine of 38, while a double bogey at the last puts Luke Donald on five over. Woods makes sure of his par to finish with a two-over par round of 73.

Hole 17: Woods takes a driver and finds the middle of the fairway on a hole where the contours of the ground usually take good tee shots into the rough. While both Garcia and Donald hook their approaches into the bunker, Woods hits a low punch and finds the green for another birdie attempt. Woods gets the speed right but there is no break in the putt as he seemed to have anticipated.
Two-over par

Hole 16: On this short par three, Woods punches a mid iron to within 15 feet of the pin for another birdie attempt. He sinks the putt for his fourth birdie of the day.
Two-over par

Hole 15: Woods' tee shot is his most convincing of the day - he finds the left side of the fairway with his driver and will have a short approach. It is only the third fairway he has found during his round. He is unable to get sufficient control on his second shot and although his ball finishes on the green, it is some distance away from the pin. He sinks his putt from 35 feet for his third birdie of the day - a smile returns to his face.
Three-over par

Hole 14: After pushing all his tee shots, Woods hits a wild hook into the deep rough on the left, probably realising that there is out-of-bounds on the right. The rough is so thick that Woods cannot even wedge it back onto the fairway. Looking desperately unhappy and in a hurry, Woods takes a three wood and hits that into more thick rough. His fourth, a high wedge, gives him a chance of saving par on a hole he would normally aim to birdie. His putt never looks like going in - Woods drops his third consecutive shot and there is a six and a seven on his card.
Four-over par

Hole 13: Woods is looking very unhappy with his swing and his iron tee shot finds the fairway bunker on the right, leaving him no chance of going for the green. He takes a lofted club and hits his second to within 40 yards of the pin. His pitch is a disappointing one and he faces a difficult putt to save par. His putt never troubles the hole and it slips a few feet past for another difficult putt. He makes sure the damage is just a bogey.
Three-over par

Hole 12: Woods finds the right hand fairway bunker with his tee shot on this par four. With a decent lie he fails to clear the lip of the trap and his ball rebounds onto the middle of the fairway. Needing to get close to save his par, he knocks his wedge to within seven feet. But he is let down by his normally immaculate putter and has to settle for a bogey.
Two-over par

Hole 11: On the longest par three on the course, Woods takes an iron and using the contours of the green, he guides his ball to within 30 feet of the pin. Garcia outdoes that by drawing his in to within 10 feet. Woods' attempt is short and to the left. Garcia makes a birdie to get to two-under.
One-over par

Hole 10: After a solid tee shot and approach, Woods holes a six-foot putt for his second birdie of the day.
One-over par

Hole Nine: With an iron for safety, Woods fails to find the fairway, although his power means he will probably have an approach of little more than 125 yards. He does not judge his wedge shot properly and will have another long putt for birdie. He is not able to control the putt and is left with a tricky eight-foot putt for his par. He judges that shot perfectly to go out in a score of 38.
Two-over par

Hole Eight: Woods hits his tee shot long and safe on this very long par four. Both Donald and Garcia find trouble off the tee. His second is a little bold and finds the back edge of the green. Faced with a putt of about 35 feet, Woods finds the right line but his effort lacks power. He makes his par.
Two-over par

Hole Seven: With a driver at this par five, Woods pushes his tee shot and will struggle to make the green in two. Using his phenomenal strength, he drags the ball out of the thick rough. Woods chips up to within seven feet. But his birdie putt slips past on the right side.
Two-over par

Hole Six: With a six iron, Woods finds the middle of the green and will have a decent chance for birdie from 20 feet. His playing partners Donald and Garcia both manage to avoid the perilous bunkers which surround the green. Woods pulls his putt and has little trouble securing his par.
Two-over par

Hole Five: Woods takes an iron off the tee and finds the fairway, although his ball roles off into the short rough. His approach dances around the pin but fails to get the spin required to stop it close and Woods will have a downhill putt of around 25 feet for birdie. His putt has neither the line or length to trouble the hole. He makes his par easily enough.
Two-over par

Hole Four: Woods hits his best drive of the round to find the right edge of the fairway and give himself a good chance of reaching the green in two at this par five. His second lands on one of the many humps on the Sandwich greens and roles off to leave him with a nasty pitch. He elects to putt and makes a good attempt to leave himself with a four-foot putt for birdie. He makes the putt to finally pull a shot back after his horrendous start.
Two-over par

Hole Three: Woods' best shot so far from the tee - a solid four-iron which leaves him a 25-foot putt for birdie. His playing partners Garcia and Donald both hit shots which leave them outside chances for birdie. The Briton makes his putt. Woods' attempt is an inch away from birdie but he has to settle for a par.
Three-over par

Hole Two: Woods is wild off the tee again, taking his driver and hitting it way right. It manages to escape the thick rough and finds a path where his ball lies in a safe spot. His second shot is too strong and ends up at the back of the green. Faced with a straightforward pitch, Woods knocks his third five feet past. He makes the tricky putt to restore some normality to his start.
Three-over par

Hole One: Woods elects to take a driver from the tee on this opening hole and with the wind blowing severely to the right, his ball lands in the thick rough on the right side of the fairway. Neither of his playing partners, Spaniard Sergio Garcia or Britain's Luke Donald, find the fairway. A number of people search for his ball in rough which is knee-high. Eventually the world number one has to hit a second tee shot, having gone over the five-minute time limit allowed to search for a ball. He puts this one - his third shot - in the same place. He is forced to hack out to the left with his fourth shot. His fifth shot lands on the green - he has a 12-foot putt for a double bogey. He misses it and takes an unthinkable seven.
Three-over par

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