British Open leaderboard 2014: Tiger Woods gets it rolling, 3 back of Sergio, Rory, and Rickie

Tom Pennington

Tiger's first major round of the season started ugly, but he's back on track on the back nine and charging up a loaded Open Championship leaderboard.

After starting his first major championship with two straight bogeys, Tiger Woods is back at in the red and holding on in some perfect scoring conditions at the Open Championship. It was just the second time in his career that Tiger went bogey-bogey to begin a major, but he's now righted the ship on the back nine at Royal Liverpool.

Tiger's short game was shaky early, but the putter has settled down a bit and he's not given a shot away since those first two holes. He posted his first red number on the par-5 fifth, opportunities that he must grab at this venue. Woods played the par-5s in 14-under back when he won here in 2006, and that's always been his most reliable path to contention and victory. But after settling for a par at his second par-5, the 10th, Woods converted his second birdie of the day by rolling one in from off the 11th green. It was the first time we saw any positive reaction from Woods, who gave us a first pump after this bit of gravy.

Tiger would back that up with another red number on the next hole, stuffing his best approach shot inside 10 feet at the 12th green. That put him at 1-under for the championship and three back of a loaded group on top of the leaderboard.

Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk are just some of the big names sitting on top at 4-under. The conditions are absolutely perfect at Hoylake for the morning draw to post a low number. The sun is shining and the wind is down, and much of this first half the field has taken advantage. Royal Liverpool is the type of layout where a winning score can push 15 or 20-under, especially if conditions stay calm. The greens are relatively flat for an Open, and even if they're rolling pretty quick, it won't both the pros much at all.

Here's a current snapshot of the leaderboard:

Place Player Score Thru
T1 Edoardo Molinari -4 F
T1 Brooks Koepka -4 F
T1 Matteo Manassero -4 16
T1 Jim Furyk -4 15
T1 Sergio Garcia -4 14
T1 Rickie Fowler -4 14
T1 Rory McIlroy -4 10
T8 Robert Karlsson -3 F
T8 Marc Leishman -3 F
T8 Koumei Oda -3 F
T8 Hideki Matsuyama -3 10
T8 Stephen Gallacher -3 8
T13 Freddie Jacobson -2 F
T13 Ashley Chesters -2 F
T13 Francesco Molinari -2 17
T13 Ryan Moore -2 17
T13 Mikko Ilonen -2 16
T13 Louis Oosthuizen -2 9
T13 Marc Warren -2 6
T20 Dawie Van Der Walt -1 F
T20 Matt Jones -1 F
T20 Erik Compton -1 F
T20 Ben Martin -1 F
T20 Branden Grace -1 F
T20 Stewart Cink -1 15
T20 Thomas Bjorn -1 15
T20 Tiger Woods -1 12
T20 K.J. Choi -1 11
T20 Jordan Spieth -1 10
T20 Jimmy Walker -1 10
T20 Dustin Johnson -1 10
T20 Graeme McDowell -1 9
T20 David Hearn -1 7
T20 Kristoffer Broberg -1 5
T20 Rhein Gibson -1 4
T36 David Howell E F
T36 Bernd Wiesberger E F
T36 Hyung-Sung Kim E F
T36 Kiradech Aphibarnrat E F
T36 Ben Curtis E 17
T36 Tom Watson E 15
T36 Harris English E 13
T36 Henrik Stenson E 12
T36 Brett Rumford E 6
T36 John Singleton E 6
T36 Yoshinobu Tsukada E 4
T36 Matthew Southgate E 2
T36 Dong-Kyu Jang E 1
T36 Nick Watney E 1
T50 David Duval 1 F
T50 Darren Clarke 1 15
T50 Luke Donald 1 14
T50 Paul Casey 1 13
T50 Charl Schwartzel 1 11
T50 Padraig Harrington 1 11
T50 Hunter Mahan 1 8
T50 Victor Dubuisson 1 8
T50 Nick Faldo 1 7
T50 Ryan Palmer 1 6
T50 Tomohiro Kondo 1 6
T50 Paul McKechnie 1 5
T50 Hyung-Tae Kim 1 4
T50 Oscar Floren 1 4
T50 Jamie McLeary 1 2
T50 Roberto Castro 1 2
T50 Tyrrell Hatton 1 2
T50 Shawn Stefani 1 1
T68 Cameron Tringale 2 F
T68 Justin Leonard 2 17
T68 Thorbjorn Olesen 2 17
T68 Patrick Reed 2 15
T68 Ian Poulter 2 10
T68 Matt Kuchar 2 9
T68 Brian Harman 2 4
T68 Hiroshi Iwata 2 2
T68 Victor Riu 2 2
T77 Chris Wood 3 F
T77 Anirban Lahiri 3 F
T77 Matt Every 3 13
T77 Todd Hamilton 3 7
T77 Juvic Pagunsan 3 5
T77 Chris Hanson 3 4
T83 Angel Cabrera 4 12
T83 Peter Uihlein 4 6
85 Masanori Kobayashi 6 F
T86 Paul Lawrie 7 17
T86 Bradley Neil 7 16

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