Pros feel pain of Tiger's tale of Open woe
Graeme McDowell spoke of the sadness that even the top professionals feel as Tiger Woods looks a shadow of his former self.
The man who has won 14 Major titles and brought joy to millions of golf fans around the world hit some shots in the Open at St Andrews yesterday that would embarrass the average hacker.
Before play began, Woods suggested he believed his game was back to something approaching the standards he and the world expect of him.
But a 76 (four-over par), creditable as it was considering the abysmal fashion in which he started with two bogeys, showed that he is still struggling for form.
Woods lies 11 shots behind first-round leader Dustin Johnson and making the cut today is the most he can hope for.
"We're all shocked as players to see him struggling as he is right now. I'm standing here talking about lacking confidence and belief in what I'm doing, and you see a guy like that whose career highlight reel would take days to watch, so it's a tough old game," said McDowell.
Amateur Paul Dunne leads the Irish challenge on 69 (three-under par). McDowell (72), Pádraig Harrington (72), Shane Lowry (73), and Darren Clarke (73) all left themselves with a tough challenge today.