What a difference a week makes.
Coming off an atrocious performance at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods opened the Dubai Desert Classic with a round of 68 on Thursday, putting him in a tie for 10th.
Talking with reporters after his round, Woods said it was a relief to put together a good day on the links:
I’m going to work on a couple of things here and there, but I feel like it was a good day. I could have got a couple more out of it, just by making a couple of putts from about 10 feet or so. I hit a lot of good putts, which was nice. Last week I didn’t do it. It was nice to actually play well again (ESPN).
Despite the solid score, Woods’ round certainly could have been even better. He only hit one fairway in the first nine holes he played and had to scramble at points to save par. He did, however, play a bogey-free round, a far departure from his struggles at Torrey Pines last week.
Rory McIlroy is the 18-hole leader thanks to a round of 63.