GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole Thursday at the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot into a greenside bunker and lipped out a 5-footer for par before slamming his putter against his bag.
On the third hole, he missed the green well left and had to get up-and-down for bogey. A three-putt on No. 4 left him 3 over. It was his final bogey of the day.
Woods got a fortunate deflection off a marshal left of the green on the par-5 fifth. He apologized, handed out an autographed glove and made his first birdie. Then he ran off five birdies in six holes around the turn for a 3-under 68. That left him five shots behind leaders Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.
Woods is the host of the Quicken Loans National, which he won in 2009 and 2012 at Congressional in Maryland. The last of his 79 PGA Tour victories was nearly two years ago, and he has plummeted to 266th in the world.The 68 was only his sixth round under 70 this year. He has had three scores of 80 or higher and has missed three cuts and withdrawn once in eight events.
Goosen, a 46-year-old two-time major champion, is finally feeling healthy after major back surgery in 2012. Ishikawa, who started on the back nine, ran off six birdies in a row starting on the 14th hole. Then he made a hole-in-one on the 180-yard fourth, spinning an 8-iron 15 feet back into the cup for his first competitive ace in the United States.
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Donald Trump’s show-stealing arrival at the Women’s British Open upstaged Hyo-Joo Kim’s latest strong start in a major championship.
The 18-year-old South Korean player was midway through a 7-under 65 in the first round when Trump, the American presidential candidate, landed in a private helicopter to begin a two-day visit at the tournament at his Turnberry resort in western Scotland.
The fourth-ranked Kim, who shot a first-round 61 in winning the Evian Championship in her major championship debut last year, had a one-stroke lead over Lydia Ko and Cristie Kerr.
Top-ranked Inbee Park began her bid to complete a career sweep of the majors by shooting 69.
Defending champion Mo Martin had a 70, and Michelle Wie, wearing a brace on her left ankle because of a bone spur, opened with a 76.
PAUL LAWRIE MATCH PLAY
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie of Scotland beat France’s Romain Wattel 5 and 4 to advance to the second round of the European Tour match play event he is hosting.
John Daly dropped out with a 2-up loss to Spain’s Jorge Campillo. Fellow American Peter Uihlein beat England’s Oliver Wilson 2 up at Murcar Links.
MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN
SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Spain’s Antonio Hortal shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Madeira Islands Open on Thursday.
Countryman Nacho Elvira opened with a 64, and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and France’s Sebastian Gros shot 65. The tournament was postponed in March after a round because of rain and high wind.