by Jeff Skinner
So Tiger Woods found parts of Firestone Country Club that he never saw before. He pushed and hooked his way around the course to his highest ever first round score at Firestone. His 74 left him tied for seventieth place. There was no one flaw in Tiger’s game, his entire game was flawed. He missed fairways, missed greens, burned edges and left shots in bunkers. If he continues playing like this he’ll be the world number two golfer on Sunday night.
The boys at the top of the leaderboard played very well and there were plenty of birdies to be had on a rain softened Firestone. All the top five players on the leaderboard bring interesting stories with them. Bubba Watson leads at -6 in his first trip to Firestone, not a bad way to start. Kenny Perry (-4) has bounced back from two missed cuts in his last two starts. Phil Mickelson (-4) had his new 44 inch driver in play and if he could stop missing those three foot putts (lipped three of them) he’d be unstoppable. Adam Scott (-4) is looking to keep his comeback on track. U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell (-4) is in the hunt and a win here would give his Pebble Beach win plenty of validation.