AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods sarcastically called his putting "great" before he rolled his eyes and bit his lip in frustration.
"Unfortunately, I had four putts on every green," Woods said.
He was exaggerating. Slightly.
The first round of the Bridgestone Invitational Thursday was about smooth greens and scoring -- 40 of the 78 players in the field are at par or better. For Woods, not being in the "or better" category is about missed opportunities as he seemingly couldn't buy a putt on a day he struck the ball as well as he probably could have.
Not even 20 minutes after he three-putted the 18th to slip to even par and seven shots behind leader Jim Furyk, Woods was back on the practice range.
"I'm going to go out and hit a few balls, reinforce what we're doing," Woods said. "And definitely going to putt a while, work on a few things.
Presumably, he was on the green a long while.
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