Woods Struggles at Memorial Tournament Opening Day

Tiger Woods watchers are looking at the wrong side of the leaderboard for the third-straight tournament, as the world No.1 struggled to reach the pin on the opening day at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods, playing for the first time since suffering a neck injury that forced him to withdraw in the final round of the Players Championship, failed to make a birdie in the par 5s and ended up with an even-par 72. He is 7 shots behind the trio of Geoff Ogilvy, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose, who all submitted 65s.

Phil Mickelson is two shots behind the lead after a 67 that put him on target to win his first tournament since he captured his third Green Jacket at the Masters in April. Mickelson could become the new world No.1 if he wins the tournament and Woods finishes no better than fifth.

By the looks of it, and judging by his recent performance, Woods, the defending champion, might relinquish the top ranking for the first time in a really long time. With his 72 in the first round, Woods must come up with his “A” game to make the cut, much more stay in contention.