Tiger Woods finished eight shots behind the leader Fijay Singh at the Greenbrier Classic Thursday. Tiger Woods tees off at 1:20 pm Friday.
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Woods, the hottest player on the PGA Tour with three victories this season and bidding this week for a second consecutive win, returned a roller-coaster 71 that included a double-bogey seven at the 17th.
"Most of the day I was slightly off and I definitely struggled with my green speeds," Woods told Golf Channel after totaling 31 putts in the opening round.
"My last three tournaments were awfully quick and I just didn't have the right speed out there."
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Woods, who overtook Jack Nicklaus in second place on the all-time list of PGA Tour winners with his two-shot triumph at the AT&T National on Sunday, is competing in the Greenbrier Classic for the first time. In the second round, Woods tees off at 1:20 pm Friday.
Asked if he was still adjusting to the Old White Course, Woods replied: "It takes a little bit of time, especially in our tournament conditions.
"The ball goes a little bit further because of adrenalin but I've got the feel of the golf course now. I'm going to hit some balls later and definitely putt for a while."