The American claimed just two of five consecutive birdie opportunities after a double bogey

Tiger Woods labours to an even-par 70 at the Quicken Loans National despite debuting new putter

  • Tiger Woods is seven shots off the lead after the first round near Washington D.C.
  • New mallet-style putter did not help the American bust out of his recent slump
  • Compatriots Andrew Landry and J.J. Spaun are tied for first at TPC Potomac
  • Duo both shot 7-under 63s on Thursday on a difficult, rain-softened course

Tiger Woods used a new putter and got the same middling results on Thursday in the Quicken Loans National.

Woods battled back from a double bogey with five straight birdie chances from eight feet or closer. He made only two of them and had to settle for an even-par 70, leaving him seven shots out of the lead in the opening round on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Andrew Landry set the pace on a difficult, but rain-softened course with a 7-under 63. J.J. Spaun matched him in the afternoon, playing in the group behind Woods without hardly anyone noticing that he played bogey-free while running off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch.

The American claimed just two of five consecutive birdie opportunities after a double bogey
The American claimed just two of five consecutive birdie opportunities after a double bogey

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