‘I didn’t hit the ball very well’: Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai,...

‘I didn’t hit the ball very well’: Tiger Woods struggles in Dubai, finishes first round with 5-over 77

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Missing fairways, missing greens and piling up the putts, Tiger Woods got off to a rough start at the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 14-time major winner finished the first round with a 5-over 77, failing to record even one birdie on Thursday at the Emirates Golf Club.

“Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well,” said Woods, a two-time champion in Dubai. “I left probably about 16 putts short. I just couldn’t get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number.”

At the halfway stage of the first round, Woods had the second worst score among those who finished. Sergio Garcia was the early leader at 7-under 65.

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