Tiger Woods is lashing his driver like his life depends on it.

If you didn't see his first round at The Memorial and just saw that he shot a one-over 73 you might think 'that's not so bad'. Considering the way he drove the ball it was downright amazing.

The good news is the chipping yips seem to be sorted. The bad news is they may well have migrated from the wedge to the driver as Woods hit only four fairways; his worst clip ever at Muirfield Village.

"I just grinded, that's all I did. I didn't have much with my game. ... But I fought hard," said Woods. "I fought hard to get it back on a golf course like that ... it was pretty good work."

Woods says himself that he's not bringing his range swing onto the course.

"I'm frustrated with the fact that I didn't hit it like I did either yesterday or warming up this morning. And definitely need to go fix that.

And then went back to that "pattern" terminology that is becoming a ....urm..... pattern.

"I've gone through phases like this, rounds like this before in the past where, yeah, it's easy to revert back and go ahead and hit some old pattern, but it doesn't do you any good going forward. And I've done it, sometimes it's taken me about a year and then it kicked in and I did pretty good after that. And subsequent years went down the road, I did the same thing. [I've] got to suck it up. If you believe in it, do it. And eventually it will start turning, and when it turns, I've had periods where I've played good for four or five years, where I've won close to 20 tournaments in that stretch."

We all want to Tiger back to best; it's just that the getting there is painful to watch. I'm worried for him at Chambers Bay if this is how he's driving on one of his favourite courses.

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