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BETHESDA, Md. Adidas Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Jersey . - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic." He was talking about his back, not his game. One day into his most recent return from injury, thats what mattered to him. Woods opened with two straight bogeys, made five more bogeys in a seven-hole stretch around the turn at tough Congressional and finally found his groove late in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National for a 3-over 74. Woods was tied for 83rd — only 19 players had a higher score — and he will have to score better Friday if he wants to avoid missing the cut for the first time in two years. "I made so many little mistakes," Woods said. "So I played a lot better than the score indicated." Congressional had a lot to do with that. Two weeks after a U.S. Open that had no rough, Congressional made it feel like one. Any shot just off the fairway was buried, making it difficult for even the powerful players to reach the green on some of the longer par 4s. Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson. Defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen shot 68. Compton birdied his last four holes. "I didnt think it was easy at all," Chalmers said. "I played really well, and I think anybody who plays really well can shoot a low score. You just have to be coming out of the fairway, and I didnt that the majority of the time today." Only 26 players in the 120-man field broke par. This day, however, was all about Woods. He has been golfs biggest draw since he turned pro in 1996 and accumulated 79 wins on the PGA Tour and 14 majors. He won the last two times he played Congressional, in 2009 and 2012. Even with an early start, the gallery lined the entire left side of the 218-yard 10th hole, with hundreds of others watching from the patio and veranda of the famed clubhouse at Congressional. Two holes into Woods opening round, they had reason to ask: We waited three months for this? But it wasnt just Woods. He played with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, and that trio of top-10 players combined for six bogeys in two holes. All three of them were in the fairway on the same hole one time the entire round — on No. 11, the hardest at Congressional, and only because Days tee shot ricocheted off a tree. Day had a 73, while Spieth shot 74. "It was cool playing the first one back," Spieth said. "I love playing alongside Jason, as well. We are all rooting for each other, and thats a good feeling. It was hard to root for each other because it just looked like the lid was closed on the hole. But once we all started hitting a couple fairways, it got better at the end." Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., the lone Canadian in the field, also opened at 3 over. Woods looked about the same as he has all year. He gave away shots with his short game, with some ordinary chips and not making as many putts as he once did. On his second hole, No. 11, he had a 50-foot putt from the fringe that came up 18 feet short of the hole. He missed consecutive 6-foot putts — one for birdie, one for par. He did most of the damage to his card around the turn, failing to get up-and-down for par on the 15th, 17th and 18th holes, hitting a poor chip from the side of a bunker on the long par-3 second, pulling a pitching wedge into a bunker on No. 3 and missing a 5-foot putt. That put him at 6 over for the round. At the time, Day was 4 over and Spieth was 5 over. "We were all kind of looking to break 80," Woods said. "It was a bit of a fight today for all of us, but we all hung in there." Woods found some rhythm from there, hitting an approach from 196 yards on the 467-yard fourth hole to 3 feet, and ending with short birdie putts on the par-3 seventh and short par-4 eighth by wisely using the slopes in the greens to feed it close to the hole. More telling was his final hole. He thought he had a chance to end his round with a 35-foot birdie putt, and as it broke just right of the cup, he quickly dropped to a crouch and then rose up to go mark his ball. That was the best evidence there was no problem with his back. "The backs great," Woods said. "I had no issues at all — no twinges, no nothing. It felt fantastic. Thats one of the reasons why I let go on those tee shots. I hit it pretty hard out there." Woods last played at Doral on March 9, when he closed with a 78 while coping with pain in his lower back. He had microdiscectomy surgery March 31, causing him to miss the Masters and U.S. Open. His return this soon was a surprise, and Woods was candid in saying that he might not have played if the Quicken Loans National did not benefit his foundations work with children. He also made it clear he was not risking further injury by playing now. The only issue Thursday was rust. "We saw what happened when he found his rhythm," Spieth said, alluding to Woods making three birdies over his last six holes, and missing only one green. Cheap Golden Knights Jerseys China . The Toronto Blue Jays general manager made a series of bold moves that reshaped the club ahead of what would turn out to be a disastrous 2013 campaign. Adidas Jean-Francois Berube Jersey . The club announced on Wednesday that Malhotra signed a 25-game professional tryout contract. The 33-year-old suffered a serious eye injury when struck by a puck during a game versus Colorado in March of 2011. . Bostons bats exploded in Mondays opener, as David Ortiz belted a pair of two-run homers, Stephen Drew homered and drove in four runs and the Red Sox pummeled the Blue Jays, 14-1.TORONTO -- Dave Bolland is skating again. Thats significant progress more than two months after Zack Kassians left skate blade severed a tendon in the back of Bollands left ankle. But the Toronto Maple Leafs centre still doesnt know when hell return to practice, let alone game action. "Who knows?" Bolland said Saturday after skating solo for the fourth time this week. "I want to be out there with the guys, and I want to skate with them. Thats the next goal." Thats a reasonable goal but not one the Leafs are going to rush toward, even though Bolland will miss his 35th game Saturday night and likely several more. Toronto is 14-15-5 since Bolland went out, but coach Randy Carlyle affirmed that the 27-year-old wont be back until hes 100 per cent. "We cant afford to take any type of risk with this type of injury," Carlyle said. "We all know that its a tough one to come back from. Its a long, tedious process, and specifically where it was in the tendon that was injured, its pretty dramatic." Bolland knows all too well just how long and tedious this process has been. He wasnt able to put weight on the ankle for a long time and only this week was able to get his foot in a specially-designed boot and get back on the ice. "Its a slow rehab," Bolland said in his first comments to reporters since November. "Its not like any other rehab when you break an ankle and you can just say six weeks and youre back and its healed. You cut a tendon and its got to re-heal itself. Youve got to do the rehab, do the movements in with the trainers and in at the gym. Its not fun. Its gruelling." The gruelling part isnt just physical pain, its the mental anguish of the man who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks knowing he cant help his hometown team while sitting out. Bolland said he has gotten "a little mentally broken down" along the way. "When youre watching and youre off the ice it does screw with your head a lot, mentallly, because I think when you cut a tendon, its a big deal," he said. Cheap Golden Knights Jerseys. "You never know." Bolland still doesnt know. All that he can recall is how Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson returned 10 weeks after having his Achilles tendon sliced and the struggles Mike Modano dealt with when he had a similar injury. The Toronto native didnt consult with Karlsson or Modano about their experiences, but he knows what they went through. "I remember (Modano) saying that it wasnt fun coming back from that," Bolland said. "I could feel that pain, too." Physically, Bolland still feels the pain. He hopes the good days outweigh the bad as he works back. "It gets sore once in a while when Im on the ice," Bolland said. "When youre skating, youre doing cross-overs, youre stopping, when youre using that tendon, youre going to feel the pain and youre going to have some situations like that." Bolland said hes learning how to do everything all over again because of how long he has been kept off the ice. While away, he was able to do off-ice workouts, but nothing compares to skating. Skating with teammates would put him another step closer. Its possible Bolland goes on the Leafs upcoming Western Conference road trip, but Carlyle said that decision had not been made yet. Bolland, who had six goals and four assists in his first 15 games with the Leafs, wants to go. But he understands the need for caution. "You want to be out there," he said. "You think some days you can push it and you push it too much and you set yourself behind. Youre just hurting yourself. I think for myself its being patient and being ready when Im ready." Notes -- Leafs centre Peter Holland wasnt feeling well and was given Saturdays morning skate off. Carlyle said he expects Holland to play against the Montreal Canadiens. ... Toronto recalled forward Troy Bodie from the AHL, and hes expected to replace the injured David Clarkson in the lineup. Cheap Steelers Jerseys Cheap Patriots Jerseys Cheap Bills Jerseys Cheap Jets Jerseys Cheap Giants Jerseys Cheap Redskins Jerseys Cheap Bears Jerseys Cheap Eagles Jerseys Cheap Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Jaguars Jerseys Cheap Raiders Jerseys Cheap Dolphins Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Lions Jerseys Cheap Browns Jerseys ' ' '

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