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Woods struggles in 1st event of year

Woods struggles in 1st event of year
Tiger Woods admitted it had been “a grind” after he labored to a 73 on Thursday in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season.

Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale, which is just
down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl spectacle. But there was nothing spectacular about the form of former world number one Woods, who suffered a bad start and was left tied for 104th as play was suspended by darkness with
nine players still on the course.

“Physically I am fine. Mentally I am tired from the grind of trying to piece together a round. It takes lot of energy to be able to fight back like that,” said Woods, after starting his round with two bogeys, par, then double bogey. Major champions Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson share second place at six-under. They were joined by Daniel Berger, who was through 16 holes of round one. Former Masters winner Zach Johnson carded a five-under 66. He was in fifth with Martin Laird, Robert Streb and Ben Martin.

Woods spent months recuperating from an ongoing back problem before taking part last month at the Hero World Challenge, his charity invitational event, in southern Florida. He shared last in a field of 18. Woods is playing for the first time in an official event since last year’s PGA Championship.
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