Tiger Woods shoots lowest season-opening score of his career

Tiger Woods bounced back to put on a magnificent performance to share the lead after round one of the ZOZO Championship in Japan.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Tiger Woods shoots lowest season-opening score of his career

The first-ever PGA Tour event in Japan got underway overnight, as a star-studded field took on Accordia Golf Narashino CC in the ZOZO Championship. With just a few weeks to go until Tiger Woods needs to make his captains picks for the Presidents Cup, the 15-time major champion is keeping a close eye on the likes of Gary Woodland and Kevin Na, but he might fancy picking himself after his stunning first-round performance.

Woods got off to a terrible start, bogeying his first three holes to put him three-over par through as many holes. It looked as though we were going to see a troubling Woods performance, but I don't think anyone expected what happened next.


The 15-time major champion went on to birdie nine of his last 14 holes to shoot a six-under par score of 64 to share the lead with his American compatriot Woodland, who is desperate to prove to Woods that he's worthy of a place in his Presidents Cup team.

"I wasn't expecting to shoot six under par after that start," said Woods.

It was a history making round for Woods as he shot his lowest season-opening score of his career. One more PGA Tour victory for the 43-year-old would see him tie the all-time record currently held by Sam Snead.

"It was ugly early and it was nice to be able to flip it and really get it going.

"Now I'm in a position where we're going to have a long, long weekend of a lot of golf that hopefully I can keep it going."