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I'm not moving as well as I'd like: Tiger Woods admits pain in first round of The Open but hopes he can 'peak' again this year

Tiger Woods struggled to a 78 at Royal Portrush.
Tiger Woods struggled to a 78 at Royal Portrush.

Tiger Woods admitted after his 78 at Royal Portrush that he was 'sore' during his first round at The Open - but said that he still has hope he can 'peak' once again.

The Masters champion struggled round the Dunluce Links, making just a solitary birdie on the 15th and looking troubled from start to finish.

Woods, who has had a number of operations on his back, said he knew he was in for a testing day as soon as he walked onto the range as he felt physically restricted.

"I'm sore. My warm-up wasn't very good. I had a hard time moving and was just trying to piece together a swing that will get me around a golf course," he said.

"Then all of a sudden I made probably one of the best pars you've ever seen on one today. That was a pretty good start. But it was kind of downhill from there.

"I'm just not moving as well as I'd like. And unfortunately, you've got to be able to move, and especially under these conditions, shape the golf ball. And I didn't do it. I didn't shape the golf ball at all. Everything was left-to-right.

"Just Father Time and some procedures I've had over the time. Just the way it's going to be.

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"As I said, one of the reasons why I'm playing less tournaments this year is that I can hopefully prolong my career, and be out here for a little bit longer.

The former world number one confirmed he was heading off for treatment immediately after his round.

"That's about all I can do, and hopefully the body responds. That's just the nature of the procedure that I had," he added.

"I'm going to have days like this and got to fight through it. And I fought through it. Unfortunately, I did not post a very good score."

Woods also said it would be 'more difficult' to manage his body in future, but included a glimmer of hope that he can once again return to winning ways, as he did at Augusta.

"Life changes, life moves on," he said.

"I can't devote, as I've told you this many times, I can't devote the hours to practice like I used to. Standing on the range, hitting balls for four or five hours, go play 36, come back, run 4 or 5 miles and then go to the gym. Those days are gone, okay?

"I have to be realistic about my expectations and hopefully peaking at the right time. I peaked at Augusta well. And hopefully I can peak a few more times this year."

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