Tiger Woods Opens 2012 British Open With Strong Round

Tiger Woods started his quest for major number 15 on a positive note Thursday at the 2012 British Open, firing a 3-under 67 and placing himself in a tie for fourth place.

His round started with a birdie at the par-3 first hole to quickly reach red numbers, followed by three additional birdies to close out his front nine with a 30. At that time Woods was tied for the lead with Adam Scott, who also put on a show of his own. Woods would struggle slightly on his back nine, however, recording eight pars and one bogie on the par-4 No. 15 hole at Royal Lytham after getting caught-up in heavy rough.

What was most impressive about his opening round was Woods' ability to keep the ball in play. Tiger hit all but one fairway during his round (13/14, 93 percent) and managed to hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation (83 percent). Both statistics were better than the rest of his fellow competitors in the field, and by a wide margin (63 and 59 percent, respectively).

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