Tiger Woods, coming off a disappointing British Open, shot a 4-under 66 in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Not a bad way to start, with the PGA Championship, the final major of 2013, coming up next week. Woods’s 66 left him two shots behind Webb Simpson, the leader in the clubhouse, and one stroke back of Henrik Stenson. Ryan Moore and Chris Wood also finished at 4-under.
“I feel very good about what I’m doing with basically my whole swing,” Woods said. “I hit a lot of good shots. I had a really good feel for the distance today, and Joey [caddie Joe LaCava] and I really read the wind right today. It was good. We changed a few shots out there, and we both had a really good handle on what we were doing feel-wise with the wind.”
Woods, who hasn’t won a major tournament in five years, has felt good early in tournaments before this year, only to struggle with his putts, particularly at the British Open two weeks ago.
“[Today] I thought I putted well. I had a good speed to it,” Woods said. “I did some good work [Wednesday] night, had a really good handle on the feel.”