Hello world, indeed.
Tiger Woods, the most heralded player to come out of the amateur ranks since Jack Nicklaus 35 years ago, shot a crisp 4-under-par 67 in his first round as a professional golfer in the Greater Milwaukee Open on Thursday. “I thought I got off to a really good start,” Woods said. “I think it was a perfect start. Sixty-seven, I think that’s a good number, and I’m right in the tournament.”
He had an eagle and three birdies against one bogey and was five strokes behind leader Nolan Henke.
Woods first shot was a 336-yard drive. Decked out in black Nike gear after signing a five-year, $40 million deal Wednesday, he had two birdies and an eagle in his first six holes.
He matched par from No. 7 through No. 16. His first bogey as a pro came on a missed 3-1/2-foot putt on the 381-yard, par-4 17th. He birdied the final hole.
Henke’s 9-under round on the 6,739-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course was the lowest in the three years the Greater Milwaukee has been played on the public course.
But Henke realized his spectacular 62 was an afterthought on the day Woods made his heralded debut.
Henke said he didn’t mind it one bit.
“I’ve played with him and he’s a great talent,” Henke said. “All Tiger’s going to do is get bigger and go higher.”
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