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Thanks to five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the inward nine, Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under 69 for the second straight year at The Open Championship.

Tiger Woods has opened the Open Championship with a round in the 60s nine times now. Two of the previous eight led to wins (2005, 2006). Last year at Muirfield, he opened with a 2-under 69 and finished T6.

Tiger Woods has birdied the first hole of an Open Championship (18 starts) just three times. In round one, Woods opened with a bogey. His only other scores worse than par at the first hole in round one were bogey in 2013 (T6) and triple bogey in 2003 (T4).

Woods’ bogey-bogey start is a first in his Open Championship career. His only worse starts were being 3-over after two, due to a triple bogey on the first hole in 2003 and a triple bogey on No. 2 in 1995 (amateur).

Woods is seeking his 15th Major Championship victory in his 71st start (65 professional, 6 amateur) in a major.

The 2014 Open Championship marks the 19th major start since his last major win at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods, the 2007 and 2009 FedExCup, enters this week’s Open Championship ranked 212th in the standings. Should he advance to the FedExCup Playoffs, he would become the lowest ranked player entering the Open Championship to qualify for the Playoffs (since 2009 under current structure). The current distinction belongs to Dean Wilson who, in 2010, came into the Open ranked 195th.

Source: PGA Tour

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