Tiger Woods starts, ends opening round with birdies en route to 71 at the Memorial

The last time golf fans saw Tiger Woods he was carrying Peyton Manning to victory against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity back in May.

Woods was dialed in then, and he was dialed in again early on Thursday in the opening round of the Memorial Tournament alongside Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka.

The 15-time major champion got off to a hot start despite his five-month break from PGA Tour golf, making birdies in two of his first three holes despite windy conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

From that moment on it was a rather ho-hum day that failed to live up to the expectations after the first three holes. Woods made bogey on Nos. 6 and 8 and failed to take advantage of two par 5s, making the turn at even par.

Woods proceeded to scramble his way to par for the first half of the back nine before making a tap-in birdie on the par-5 15th hole. He gave that shot back immediately with a bogey on the par-3 16th. Woods made par on No. 17 before curling in a birdie putt on his last hole, carding a 1-under 71 to walk off the course T-20.

Woods, McIlroy and Koepka will be back in action Friday morning at 8:17 a.m. ET off No. 10.

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