Tiger Woods arrived at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this week admitting his game was not as sharp as he would like entering the final major of the year.
The inconsistency in Woods' game - and inability to control the shape of his shots - was on full display during a 7-over-par 78 on Thursday that left him 12 shots off J.B. Holmes' first-round lead.
Woods will now have to post a very solid score on Friday just to reach the weekend.
Appearing to be holding off from some of his typically aggressive swings, Woods managed to get through the first four holes in even par including a miraculous par on the first hole.
"I'm not moving as well as I'd like," Woods said. "Certain shots I just can't hit. Father time, the procedures I've had ... just the way it's going to be from here on out. It's why I'm not playing as often anymore on the PGA Tour."
The highest opening round in The Open by an eventual champion in event history is 75.
Woods bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole, then doubled the par-3 sixth. Two more bogeys over the next three holes left Woods with a 5-over 41 on the front nine.
He added another bogey on No. 10 and one more at the 14th to drop to 7 over for the first time. In jeopardy of posting only the sixth birdie-free round of his major career, Woods rolled in a lengthy putt on No. 15 to finally gain a stroke back, raising his arms in a feigned celebration.
After a pair of pars, Woods pulled his drive left off the 18th hole. He chopped out of the rough, chipped onto the green and missed his par putt.
Woods will play in the morning wave Friday, with the cut line expected to fall around 2-over par depending on what type of weather conditions players face in the second round.
Woods was hardly the only marquee player to feel the wrath of Royal Portrush.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hit his opening drive out of bounds en route to an 8-over 79, while Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 5-over 76.
--Field Level Media