It's only the first day of the Greenbrier Classic, but so far Tiger Woods seems to be making good on his statements earlier this week that he knows what he's doing, despite three rounds of 80 or more this year.
Woods is tied for 14th at two-under par at Old White TPC in White Sulfur Springs, W. Va., after carding three birdies on the back nine. Andres Romero of Argentina is the current leader through 15 holes at five-under with nine others tied for second at four-under.
"I have to live it, I know what I'm doing out here on the golf course, I know what it feels like and I know where my room and game's at, and what progress I have or haven't made, and so that's what I'm concerned about," Woods said Wednesday.
Woods dropped to 220th in the world after missing the cut at the U.S. Open back in June after the course at Chambers Bay got the better of him and several other big name golfers.
"We've made a little progress since the last time I played. Obviously that's not saying much but I'm really looking forward to tomorrow," Woods said ahead of the tournament. "I'm really looking forward to competing and getting out here and playing. I've done this before, I've gone through stretches like this. If you look what I did, you know the end of '97 and '98 wasn't good. I had some top 10s in there but I wasn't continuing to win tournaments. Trying to make cuts, but eventually '99 turned out okay and so did 2000."
This season, in six tournament appearances, Woods has made the cut three times and finished in the top 25 only once, at the Masters where he finished tied for 17th.
The 14-time major winner missed the cut in his only previous appearance at the Greenbrier Classic in 2012. His last tournament win came in 2013 at the WGC-Bridgestone International.