Tiger Woods shared a laugh with good friend Fred Couples after the 53-year-old captain of the 2013 Presidents Cup bested two members of his team by one stroke in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.
“We had a good time,” Woods, who drew Couples and Keegan Bradley for the first two rounds of this week’s tourney, told Golf Channel after carding a 1-under 71 on Thursday.
“We had our spells when we were having a lot of fun and had our spells when we got a little quiet out there,” said Woods, who believed he played better than his score indicated in the start to his Memorial title defense. “It had [its] moments.”
Woods, who will begin Friday’s second round six shots back of Charl Schwartzel, the leader of the pack at 7-under, never really got much going all day. He made his first of five birdies on the par-4 sixth and finished with a disappointing bogey on the par-4 18th.
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“The greens were a little bit tough this afternoon,” said Woods, who sounded rueful about not earning an early morning tee time. “I don’t think there were too many low scores this afternoon. [The greens] were a little crusty and a little bumpy.”
The Woods-Couples-Bradley trio got that cherished morning start on Friday, when they were slated to go off the 10th tee at 8:26 a.m. ET.