Tiger Woods stumbles late in disappointing start to BMW Championship

If Tiger Woods’ opening round at the BMW Championship was an egg, it’d be five of them, scrambled.

The two-time winner of the event struggled to gain any sort of momentum on Thursday at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, signing for a 3-over 73 to start the second leg of the three-event FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Starting on the back nine alongside Carlos Ortiz and Bubba Watson, Woods got off to a slow start with a bogey on his second hole, but was able to claw back to even with his first birdie of the day just three holes later on the 14th. A three-putt bogey on the par-3 16th followed by a pair of pars had Woods at 1-over 36 making the turn to the front nine.

From the right rough along the fairway on No. 2 the 15-time major champion stuffed his approach to seven feet and made the putt to get back to even on the day. Two scrambled pars and two missed birdie putts told the story of his next four holes before a trio of late bogeys on Nos. 7-9 moved the 44-year-old Woods back on the wrong side of par.

Woods and company will be back in action on Friday at 2:09 p.m. ET off the first tee.

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