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Tiger Woods is at St. Andrews, and here is how Round 1 went at The Open

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Tiger Woods describes his first-round struggles reading the greens at St. Andrews. (1:01)

Tiger Woods spent the week leading up to his first round of The Open at St. Andrews talking about just how much the Old Course means to him. It is, he said again, his favorite course in the world. The 150th edition of golf's oldest championship was beyond special.

It took just one shot for the feel-good moments to come to an end.

Woods' opening tee shot landed in a divot. His approach then came to rest in the burn in front of the first green. He started with double bogey, and things never really got any better.

Here's how it went:

No. 1: Par 4, 375 yards

Woods entered this Open full of hope. Then his opening tee shot, a trademark stinger, landed in a divot in the middle of the miles-wide fairway at the first hole. He then chunked his second shot from the tough lie into the burn in front of the green. After a drop, Woods hit a delicate little chip over the water to leave himself a 3-footer for bogey - which he missed. Bad got worse really fast.

Score: Double bogey

Total for the day: 2 over

No. 2: Par 4, 452 yards

This tee shot avoided any problems, finding a nice, flat lie in the center of the fairway. But Woods had a club too much and flew the flag by 50-60 feet. After a shaky start with the putter at the first hole, Woods navigated his way without any drama at the second.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 2 over

No. 3: Par 4, 398 yards

There is no way around it: Woods hit an atrocious second shot into the third hole. He had just 109 yards in and missed the green short and right. On the hard ground, it spun back and settled 24 yards from the hole. A so-so pitch left 15 feet for par. He didn't just miss that one but ran it 5 feet past the hole to leave a tester just to save bogey. He made that one, but nothing has come easy through three holes.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 3 over

No. 4: Par 4, 480 yards

A fairway and green for Woods at the fourth. Good, right, considering how the first three holes had gone? Not really. His approach shot settled forever from the hole. His first putt came from 53 feet. He left that one 11 feet short. He missed that, too. The dreadful start just got worse.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 4 over

No. 5: Par 5, 570 yards

Finally, there seemed to be a break from the ugliness that enveloped the first four holes. Woods was in front of the green in two, a good chance at birdie likely coming. Instead, he hammered his bump-and-run well past the hole. Instead of a legitimate chance at getting a shot back, Woods had to play defense and safely navigated a two-putt par.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 over

No. 6: Par 4, 414 yards

As soon as Woods made contact with his second shot, he dropped his head and muttered to himself. He has done that a lot to start The Open. Another poor iron shot was followed by another poor lag putt. But, at last, Woods made one. He rolled in a 13-footer to avoid another bogey. He put a second consecutive par on the scorecard, but it didn't come easy.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 4 over

No. 7: Par 4, 371 yards

Woods has long been known for the twirl, spinning the club in his hands after a good shot. The one-handed follow-through, that has always signified a bad shot. And he had the one-handed follow-through at the seventh. His tee shot went miles left and found a bunker on an adjacent hole. He had no shot, forcing nothing more than a chip out. He compounded that with another awful iron shot and missed the green. By the time this mess was done, it was the second double of the day -- and it's only been seven holes.

Score: Double bogey

Total for the day: 6 over

No. 8: Par 3, 187 yards

Yet another missed green for Woods, which has remained a theme over this rough opening stretch. But an imaginative little pitch got him close enough to secure a needed par.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 6 over

No. 9: Par 4, 352 yards

Woods could not help but laugh as he walked off the ninth green. He had just shot 41 on the front side at St. Andrews, but at least it came with a birdie. He has a ton - a ton - of work to do on the back nine to get himself in a position to have even a small hope of making the cut come Friday. But, for now, he just wanted to smile at the lone bright spot in an otherwise bleak start to The Open.

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 5 over

No. 10: Par 4, 386 yards

Sometimes one good swing and things just click. Perhaps that happened for Woods at the ninth. A good approach led to a birdie. He followed that up with a perfect hole at the 10th. A well-placed tee shot. A precise, controlled approach. A dead-center 5-foot putt.

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 4 over

No. 11: Par 3, 174 yards

The tee shot confirmed Woods has more control of his swing and ball flight. His first putt, a 35-footer for birdie, proved his struggles with speed on the greens are ongoing. Instead of what should have been a simple par, he left his first putt 8 feet short then missed the second.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 5 over

No. 12: Par 4, 351 yards

Woods narrowly missed finding a gorse bush off the tee. Had the ball settled in there, he would have likely walked away with bogey - or worse. Instead, his ball safe and entirely hittable, he cozied up a pitch shot to leave an 8-foot birdie putt. But his issues on the green continued. His putt never had a chance. He knew he missed it when he hit and started to walk after it as he went by on the low side.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 5 over

No. 13: Par 4, 465 yards

The stinger made another appearance.

Things went sideways after that. Another iron approach that left a long, long, long first putt, in the 100-foot range. Woods couldn't find the speed again and left his first putt 20 feet short. He missed the next one left.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 6 over

No. 14: Par-5, 614 yards

Woods is 46 years old. He has gone through multiple surgeries and continues to recover from last year's car accident. But he can still rip it. His drive went 412 yards -- 412 yards! -- at the par-5.

Then he waited ... and waited ... and waited. What was already a slow round of golf hit a standstill. Woods and playing partners Max Homa and U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick waited nearly 20 minutes to hit their next shot as the group in front finished up ahead. Perhaps it was worth the wait. Woods hit his approach short of the green and then got up and down for a birdie.

Score: Birdie

Total for the day: 5 over.

No. 15: Par 4, 455 yards

Woods needs a few birdies down the stretch if he even wants to think about making the cut. He tried to lean in his 25-footer for birdie, but it just wouldn't curl in.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 5 over

No. 16: Par 4, 418 yards

See if this sounds familiar: Woods missed the green then failed to get up and down. It happened again, and a hard day doesn't get any better.

Score: Bogey

Total for the day: 6 over

No. 17: Par 4, 495 yards

The last thing Woods needed on this day was to find the Road Hole bunker. The bunker often requires some creative stances, required bending of joints. At the end of a round that will stretch nearly 6 hours, Woods just had to safely navigate away from it. Homa did not. Fitzpatrick did not. Woods did. He found the center of the green and two-putted his way out of there.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 6 over

No. 18: Par 4, 356 yards

A rough day ended with an easy walk. The closing hole at the Old Course is simple, a flat stroll on a relatively simply hole. Woods, keeping with the theme of his day, made it harder than it needed to be. A good drive was followed by two bad putts. Luckily for him, he made the last one, a 5-footer to save a par.

Score: Par

Total for the day: 6-over 78