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5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’ First Round at the 2014 British Open

Takeaways From Tiger Woods' First Round at the British Open

Tiger Woods 2014 British Open
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Tiger Woods finished his first round at the 2014 British Open. Although he is not leading, he still put together a solid round and should be competing for the championship this weekend. Now that Day 1 is in the books for Tiger, let’s take a look at five takeaways from his first round.

5. The Rest of the Field Isn’t Going to Simply Just Let Him Win

Rickie Fowler
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5. The Rest of the Field Isn’t Going to Simply Just Let Him Win

Rickie Fowler
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The field isn’t going to simply just let Tiger Woods win. That should be obvious. Sure, he is probably one of the toughest players to play with just because of the fact that he is Tiger Woods, but until he actually wins a major again, every other golfer has just as good of a chance to win as Tiger.

4. He Naturally Isn’t as Consistent as He Needs to Be

Tiger Woods
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4. He Naturally Isn’t as Consistent as He Needs to Be

Tiger Woods
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Tiger hasn’t been in many tournaments as of late. As a result, he is naturally going to be inconsistent. That is just how the game of golf works. Woods recorded three bogeys on the day, but it’s his six birdies that everyone is probably talking about. If Tiger can limit those bogeys, he will clearly have a great shot at winning this weekend.

3. Tiger Is Going to Have to Be on His A Game to Win

Rory McIlroy
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3. Tiger Is Going to Have to Be on His A Game to Win

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy is currently leading the Open. He had six birdies on the day and zero bogeys. Pretty solid. There are other big names near the top of the leaderboard as well, such as Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler. The best of the best will be competing for the championship all weekend. As a result, Woods is going to have to be on his A game if he plans on winning.

2. Woods Still Has What it Takes to Win the Open

Tiger Woods
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2. Woods Still Has What it Takes to Win the Open

Tiger Woods
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Woods currently sits at minus-3, which is three strokes behind Rory McIlroy. Even after a long layover and a missed cut at his last tournament, Woods still has what it takes to win the British Open. I am sure many fans thought he would return to his former self, but maybe not this fast, assuming he can keep up this pace.

1. Tiger Seems to Be Healthy

Tiger Woods
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1. Tiger Seems to Be Healthy

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods seems to be healthy, which is great news. That means no early withdrawals and no excuses. Sure, he still has a ways to go if he wants to win the Open Championship, but being healthy was step No. 1. The rest will come back to him.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.