Pain-free Woods bemoans a lack of sharpness
Tiger Woods said his opening round one-under-par 71 in the BMW Championship at Medinah was down to a lack of sharpness and not injury.
The 43-year-old travelled to Illinois hoping to keep alive his hopes of progressing in the FedEx Cup play-offs after he was forced to withdraw from last week's opening event, the Northern Trust, because of a back complaint.
Woods is currently 38th in the standings, but only the top 30 players at the end of play in Medinah will advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, which concludes the play-offs.
He started strongly on a course on which has won two of his 15 major titles, with three birdies in his opening five holes, including one at his opening hole.
However, despite picking up a fourth shot in his round, Woods' momentum faltered as he carded three birdies to slip down the leaderboard.
Afterwards, a pain-free Woods said: "Didn't chip it, didn't make that many putts and consequently, I'm one-under.
"It's just not sharp, I'm trying to make changes in my swing, and it's just not quite there yet.
"I didn't feel any tightness in my oblique at all, I didn't feel any pull, and so that was a positive. I just need to clean up my rounds and get going."
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