All week long,
On Thursday, he proved it.
After a bogey-bogey start, Woods charged back to finish with a three-under-par 69 in the first round of the
"I'm only going to get better from that point," he told reporters. "And I'm getting stronger, I'm getting faster, I'm getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again."
The Open marks only the second time Woods has played since a March 31 microdiscectomy. He had rounds of 74 and 75 in his comeback bow at the Quicken Loans National last month.
On a sunny, calm day at Royal Liverpool he got things turned around with a save for par on No. 4 and went on to birdie six holes. That kept him within three strokes of the early leader,