The golfer who was tied for 86th drew a first-round crowd Thursday. (Dino Vournas / AP)

Updated at 1 p.m. EDT

This is where Tiger Woods is right now: he is in danger of missing the cut in the Open.

In his first competition since the PGA on Aug. 12, Woods finished the first round of the San Martin, Calif., tournament with a 2-over par 73...and tied for 86th place. He missed three putts of 6 feet or less on the first 11 holes; he was in six bunkers on the first 14 holes; he double-bogeyed the par-5 12th hole. He now has failed to break par in six consecutive rounds and, for the first time in his career, could miss the cut in consecutive tournaments.

Woods came into the tournament saying all the proper, positive things, saying his re-tooled golf game was coming along nicely and that he was eager to play with his new caddie, Joe LaCava.

And then the first round happened. Afterward, he said in a Golf Channel interview that he was “not happy. It was one of the worst putting rounds I’ve ever had. I don’t think I can putt any worse than I did today.”

He said he was off to do further work on his putting; he’ll try to do better today. He hit the practice tee before dawn and was forced to wait out rain and fog delays that pushed his tee time from 10:40 a.m. EDT to 1 p.m. EDT. Who’d have thought so much would at stake for him in something called the Open?

“The rest of my game was not too bad,” Woods said. “I hit some bad shots, yes. But I also hit some really good ones. But I got nothing out of the round on the greens.”