Thursday was a long day for everyone at The Barclays thanks to multiple weather delays. Some fared better than others, however. Tiger Woods opened the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a solid round of 67. As part of the morning wave of golfers, he was one of the lucky ones to get in all 18 holes on Thursday – some players only managed to get through two holes before play was stopped for the day.
Woods was not immune to the situation, but he does seem to have himself in the proper frame of mind heading into the final 54 holes. “It was a long day, and tomorrow will be a short one, and then Saturday will be pretty much a marathon,” he said. Currently sitting at four under par, Woods is just three shots off of the clubhouse leader, Kevin Stadler, and his bogey-free opening round that resulted in a seven under par 64.
The back nine was friendly to Tiger, as he carded three straight birdies from holes 14 to 16 after the first weather delay of the day. The back and neck stiffness that plagued Woods throughout his final practice rounds – thanks to a mattress that was too soft – returned after the second delay. It’s difficult to say whether the ailment returned because of the continual stopping and starting or if it would have presented itself regardless of stoppages in play.
Because the first round was not able to be completed on Thursday, Woods’ second round tee time has been pushed back to 4:06 pm. He obviously won’t get in a full 18 today, but he should still be near the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of play.