Many people were wondering whether or not Tiger Woods would be back to 100 percent from his elbow injury. We knew the answer as soon as he took his shot from the deep grass, and he backed up his injury talk throughout the day.
After a slow start, Woods surged into the top-10 at the 2013 British Open and showed his elbow injury was no longer affecting his play.
Woods’ first shot of the day was horrible as it found the deep grass, and it resulted in him first shooting a provisional in case he couldn’t find the ball, and then taking a drop and salvaging bogey on the first hole.
On the back nine, Woods took off and birdied four holes while bogeying one. In the end, He heads into the clubhouse shooting a 2-under 69. His first round score showed that his elbow injury seems to be non-existent, and his time off has paid off. For example, Woods’ shot from the deep grass on the first hole found a green-side bunker, but he showed great composure and no signs of pain.
Currently, Woods sits three back from clubhouse leader Zach Johnson. If Woods can continue to shoot like he played on the back nine of the first round, he will be in contention come Sunday.
An injury-free Woods is good for both fans and himself. Even with the Open Championship being a major tournament, having the world’s most recognized golfer in contention and close to the final group playing on Sunday will lead to higher ratings.
After today’s first round at Murfield, Wood’s play has us asking: what injury?
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for Rant Sports. Add him on Google.