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Tiger Woods drills guy in face with tee shot during first round of British Open (video)


Tiger Woods had an up and down first round at The Open Championship on Thursday, but ultimately more good things than bad happened and the 38-year-old put himself in a pretty good position to at least compete for his long-coveted 15th major championship at the majestic links of Royal Liverpool

On the flip side of good things versus bad, a course marshal was on the receiving end of a very bad thing when Tiger’s errant tee shot on 17 found the rough, bounced once before drilling the guy smack dab right upside the head (via Eye on Golf):

Back and to the right … back and to the right…

Ouch. That had to hurt.

After stumbling out of the gate by going bogey-bogey on the first two holes, Tiger righted the round and then finished with a flourish with five birdies in the last eight holes.

Woods finished with a 3-under 69, definitely a decent first round. He does have some ground to make up as Rory McIlroy is the leader in the clubhouse courtesy of a scorching-hot 6-under 66 (although Rory’s Friday rounds have been unmitigated disasters this season — he scoring average in second rounds is 181st on the PGA Tour).

Some notable golfers, such as the red-hot Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, among others, have yet to take to the course or are just starting their rounds as of early Thursday morning — not to mention pretty nifty first round out of Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia — so a lot of golf has yet to be played in the first round. But all things considered, the fact that Woods is on the first page of the leaderboard — as of the time of this post — certainly must be considered a positive development as Tiger plays in his first major of the season. As he said earlier this week, he’s in it to win it this week and his first round set Tiger up nicely to do just that.

(video via Eye on Golf)