There were times during the first round of The Open today that Tiger Woods looked helpless, rudderless and even hopeless. Yet he climbed off the canvas and played his last eight holes, statistically by far the toughest stretch, in one under to sign for a 76.

Woods round had everything. A poker face after he all but missed his opening iron. An awful pitch into the Swilken Burn (video here) but then a super chip to help save bogey.  Several irons that ended miles short of their intended target then a couple from the very top drawer. A couple of wild drives and an exhibition of fairway splitters.

After ten holes when Woods was 5 over and turning into the wind you could be forgiven for thinking if this was a boxing match, the referee should step and save The Champ from getting a worse beating.

There's no doubting Tiger is a fighter. But perhaps less of a Floyd Mayweather and more a Rocky; a man without the skillset of old, with a body beaten and battered, but with the heart of a champion.

I'm glad the referee didn't stop the fight today.  There's at least one more round in Tiger.

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