Tiger Woods withstands delay in 67

Updated: August 23, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Tiger Woods had a 4-under 67 in the first round of The Barclays at the Liberty National Golf Club on Thursday.

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Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesTiger Woods had a 4-under 67 in the first round of The Barclays on Thursday.

On a day when play was delayed six hours due to thunder and lightning in the area, Woods had a bogey-free round that included four birdies on the par-71, 7,353-yard, Tom Kite-and-Bob Cupp-designed course. He had three consecutive birdies from holes 14 through 16.

To preserve his bogey-free round, he got up and down out of deep greenside rough at the 9th hole, his 18th of the day.

"I was playing really solid through there," he said of that stretch of birdies. "I missed a little short one at the par 5 [13th] and then birdied three in a row.

"It was nice to get that kind of momentum, but then we stopped and had a few-hour delay, and then we got back out there again."

After starting his Thursday at 4 a.m., Woods said he was tired after the rain delays stretched his round out to just under 11 hours from start to finish. The 14-time major champion, who is trying to win his third FedEx Cup playoffs title, hit 13 of 18 greens and had 27 putts.

Overall, he was pleased with his round, but admitted that he didn't do well on the par 5s, playing them to even par.

"I played pretty solid today and I gave myself some looks; and the looks I did, I ended up making," he said. "If I can play the par 5s a little better, I would have been higher on the board."

Woods did not show the effects of a tight neck and shoulder that he had complained about earlier in the week. But he did say his back was stiff going out on the third restart.

Woods, ranked No. 1 on the FedEx Cup points list after winning five times during the regular season, played on Thursday with Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, who are placed second and third, respectively, in the standings.

Kuchar had 66 and Snedeker, a 1-over 72, in their first rounds. Due to the delays, which pushed starting times for several groups past 6 p.m., the Woods group will not begin their second rounds until late Friday afternoon and aren't likely to finish more than nine holes.

They could have 27 holes on Saturday to get back on schedule for the final 18 on Sunday. With the first round incomplete, Woods is three shots back of the leader Kevin Stadler, who had a 7-under 64 on Thursday.

"We have a long way to go," Woods said. "For me, Saturday is going to be the long day and some of the other guys [Friday] is going to be the long day.

"Just got to go ahead, and at least you know the full field is going to have at least one long day in there somewhere, so it's balanced."

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