Tiger Woods shoots dazzling 64 at the Wyndham Championship
Published 20/08/2015 | 19:07
Tiger Woods roared back to form with a sparkling first round at the Wyndham Championship today.
The former world number one needs to win this week to reach the end-of-season FedExCup Play-offs and a six-under-par 64 was ideal.
It put him in the mix near the top of the leaderboard and came on the back of the 39-year-old slumping to a career low last weekend when he missed the cut at the US PGA Championship.
Woods has missed the cut at the last three majors, and has had to bat away talk that he is finished as a contender for big titles.
Starting on the back nine, in his first visit to the tournament, he followed an opening chip-in birdie with a dropped shot at the 11th. But from there 14-time major winner Woods rolled back the years, making gains at the 13th, 15th, 18th, first, fourth and fifth holes to surge into contention.
Asked whether his biggest strength over the round was his putting or iron play, Woods said: "They were both solid today.
"They were solid. It was nice.
"I was telling Joey (caddie Joe LaCava) it's finally nice to get something out of a round, a round that could have been two to four under par, it's finally six."
Woods was given warm backing at the tournament, staged at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"It was electric, especially early," he told PGA Tour Live. "The people have been fantastic, so nice and so supportive."
Fellow American William McGirt led on eight under par after a scorching 62, with compatriot Jim Herman, Derek Ernst - both in the clubhouse - and Erik Compton on seven under.