Tiger Woods is familiar with getting the short end of the morning-afternoon draw at Muirfield, and it appears he's in for a rough test on Thursday afternoon. Woods was infamously caught on the wrong side of the draw the last time The Open was at Muirfield in 2002, getting blasted on Saturday with what many say were the worst playing conditions in the history of major championship golf. Most players struggled to break 80 and Tiger's title hopes were washed away with an 81.
On Thursday, he's encountering what many are already calling the fastest greens they've ever seen for a British Open. Thanks to an uncharacteristically hot and dry summer, Muirfield's greens are completely baked out and the pin placements have already prompted outcries from the morning group. As the day wears on, those greens are only getting more baked out by increased sunlight and wind. This is the predicament Woods is dealing with at the moment, and with his short game not in form, it could get ugly ... like on No. 6, where Woods' chip shot ended up farther away from the hole than where he originally started:
Tiger actually made a remarkable up-and-down bogey "save" from that spot, sinking an 11-foot putt to avoid the double. With these conditions, double threats and bogey saves may be facing Tiger throughout the day.