Tiger Woods is 3-under-par 69 at Royal Liverpool following his opening round of the Open Championship. Woods trails early leader Rory McIlroy by three strokes. Woods showed no ill effects from the March 31 back surgery. “I knew I could do it,” Woods said. “That’s why I was telling you guys it was so important for me to play at Congressional. The fact that I was able to recover every day, and the fact that I was stronger, more explosive the more days I played. “I’m only going to get better from that point. And I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again. And those are all positive things.” Woods mostly hit irons off the tees, using a driver just on the 16th hole as he did during his 2006 victory here. Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. Woods’ second round with Henrik Stenson and Angel Cabrera begins at 2:05 p.m. local time (9:05 a.m. ET) on Friday. The post Tiger Woods shoots 1st-round 69: ‘I’m only going to get better’ appeared first on Sports Glory.