Quail Hollow Championships: Tiger Woods Struggles in Round 1

World No. 1 Tiger Woods was the shadow of his old self at the start of the Quail Hollow Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina. Woods, who returned to golf at the Masters earlier this month, struggled in the first 18 holes of the tournament for a 2-over 74 to lie nine shots behind early leader Bo Van Pelt, who sizzled with a 7-under 65.

Woods started with a birdie but quickly went back to par two holes later with a bogey on his third hole. Tiger never found his rhythm all day, falling to 4-over par by his tenth hole. “I didn’t hit the ball very good at all today,” Woods, who won this tournament in 2007, said. Meanwhile, Masters champion Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70, five shots behind the leader.

Woods remained optimistic despite the disastrous round. “One good round tomorrow could get me right back in it,” said Woods, who came out of hiatus at Augusta after the meltdown of his marriage due to his admission of infidelity.