Woods who spent last week practicing in the Bahamas said he began experimenting with different styles and shapes of putters early last week after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He also confirmed that this week’s tournament is scheduled to be his only start before the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
“He’s always one-upped me” Mickelson said on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went out and won this weekend to one-up me again.” Only a bogey at his last hole of the day the 9th prevented Woods from shooting a bogey-free round but he still managed to whip his fellow playing competitors Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth the last two British Open champions — by nine strokes. “I’m up there” Woods said. “At least I’m there with a chance going into the weekend. Today was a good day.”
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