Tiger Fails To Roar On Comeback
**Woods shoots over par in round one in California
Tiger Woods struggled on his return to the PGA Tour after carding a two-over 73 on day one of the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle golf club in California.
That put him six shots behind clubhouse leaders Brendan Steele, Briny Baird, Garrett Willis and Matt Bettencourt and in a tie for 86th.
Woods, making his first start on the PGA Tour for nearly two months, got off to the perfect start with a birdie at the first after knocking his approach to just three feet.
But he had to wait another 14 holes for his next and only other birdie - a four at the par five 15th which played as the easiest hole on the golf course.
Tiger's troubles began with a bogey at the second where he three times ended in sand and he followed it with another at the next after missing a short three-foot putt.
The big blemish on his scorecard came at the par five 12th where he racked up a double bogey seven after being forced to take a penalty drop.
Woods was in no doubt where his problems lay, saying after his round: "Not happy, that was probably one of the worst putting rounds I've ever had. I don't think I could putt the ball any worse than I did today."
However, the stats showed that Woods struggled with most facets of his game, hitting only seven of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation.
The 35-year-old is looking to relaunch his career after falling to a ranking of number 51 in the world - the first time be has been out of the top 50 since October 1996.
Steele and Baird were the early joint leaders after they each shot a four-under-par 67.
Steele posted five birdies on the back nine after bogeying the sixth while Baird scored four birdies and holed an excellent 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole to remain tied for the lead.
Englishman Paul Casey shared the lead after carding his fourth birdie at the 10th but three straight bogeys from the 13th and another on the 18th - following a birdie at the 16th - dropped him back to one under.
South Africa's Ernie Els finished two under par after making three birdies and a bogey in his round of 69.