Tiger Watch: Tiger Woods 2013 British Open Update After Round 1

We saw the old Tiger Woods during round one of the 2013 British Open. No, not the Tiger who finishes 10 strokes ahead of the field in his sleep — the one who fights through injury, adversity and a questionable course on his way to a solid round.

Tiger overcame an unplayable lie on the first hole, a chip that wouldn’t stay on the sixth green and a putt that went all the way off the green at No. 12 to rally and finish two under par for the day, three strokes off leader Zach Johnson‘s score of 66.

By Tiger’s career standards, this was an average round at best, but considering he hasn’t played golf in a month and his strained left elbow has given him more problems than he’s let on, his first round at Muirfield Golf Club was sensational. Of course, the unforgiving nature of the course and the chance of thunderstorms on Saturday could quickly change that, but for now Tiger is quietly near the top of the leader board in his third chance to win a 15th major this season.

Stay tuned because the world No. 1 golfer is going to have an interesting next three days at the British Open — for one reason or another.