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Tiger Woods rolls in first birdie in months at Quicken Loans National (video)

Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf started off a little clunky as he went bogey-bogey on his first two holes at Congressional during the first round of play at the Quicken Loans National on Thursday.

Starting off on the 10th hole in his round, Tiger made par on No. 12 and 13 and then rolled in his first birdie since March after dropping a 10-footer following a nifty approach from 167 yards out.

Unfortunately for Tiger, his round regressed back to how it started. He bogeyed No. 15, made par at No. 16 and then closed out the back 9 bogey-bogey for a 4-over 39.

As he made the turn and hit the front, two more bogeys marred his scorecard in the first three holes but he managed to make birdie at No. 4.

Once it was all said and done, Tiger’s first day back on the course during tournament play was overall a struggle, but he recovered nicely in his second nine holes, carding a 35 on the front for a 3-over 74. While probably not exactly how he wanted it to go, it wasn’t a complete train wreck, either.

But as he told the media earlier this week, if this tournament was not affiliated with his foundation, odds are he probably wouldn’t have played this week as he continues recovering from back surgery in March.

The British Open remains his ultimate goal and he’s got a few weeks left to get his game back on track. He’s got time. Not much, but some.