British Open 2019: A hurting Tiger Woods struggles from start to finish en route to opening 78
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — As Tiger Woods made his way slowly down the 11th fairway Thursday while the late-afternoon sky began slowly curling around Royal Portrush, an elderly fan shouted in exhortation at the 15-time major champion.
“Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, you are the greatest,” he bellowed. “Tiger Woods, you are the greatest in the world!”
The silver-haired man’s high-pitched voice so pierced the air at the Dunluce Course that Woods couldn’t help but hear him. He lifted his left hand wearily to acknowledge the fan, but he kept his head down. He was giving it all he had, though it was far short of what he wanted to give.
Coming off another long layoff and playing just his fourth event since winning the Masters in April, Woods looked out of sorts and frustrated in the opening round of the 148th Open Championship.