Tiger Tiger Woods raised his lips from under the edge and waved through the flood.
The white ball hovered in the cobalt sky, like a tracer to the left side of the seventh fairway that extends downwards.
Woods just had the fifth bogeyed and double bogeyed the short sixth, but it was a day for weather storms, both from the air and from the inside.
The 43-year-old had previously put social media on fire after he seemed to grimace after his opening shot on the first day of the 148th Open Championship.
His surgically fused back was the immediate concern, and a weary Woods admitted after carding a seven-over-78 he was "in pain."
"I'm just not moving well," he told reporters with a resigned expression. "It's just the way it is. It's just dad's time and some procedures I've had over time. It's just the way it will be."
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& # 39; Hard time moving & # 39;
Woods could look for the ride of partner Patrick Reed to the wilderness on the seventh day, but returned to his own country shot from the left jetty, just meters from the bustle, he seized it heavy.
Disgusted, he threw his bat at the feet of caddy Joe LaCava and stepped into the middle of the fairway to be alone.
Forward, further off-line, Woods waved to his third, but barely got it in the air when it slid forward over a dune in the front.
Remarkably, Woods made a mess of his next shot, too. He started slapping his club on the ground, but thought about it.
Woods amassed a bogey six at the hole – the same hole that cost his former arch enemy David Duval a 14 to slip to four
Later, he admitted that he "roamed around".
"My warm-up wasn't very good, I had a hard time moving around, only I tried to make a swing that will take me around the golf course," he told reporters.
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Life goes on & # 39;
The former world No.1 seemed to have conquered his four major back operations to achieve that remarkable 15th major title and fifth Green Jacket at the Masters in April, but he is aware that his body does not allow him to have such heights every time he plays.
"One of the reasons I play fewer tournaments this year is to hopefully my career," he said.
"I am not 24 anymore, life changes, life goes on. I cannot spend the hours practicing like before. Those days are over. I have to be realistic about my expectations and hopefully peak at the right I reached a peak in Augusta and hopefully I can worry a few more times this year. "
From the seventh Woods three more shots for his first birdie of the day thanks to a long putt on the 15th . licked his finger and described a number 1 in the air to indicate the first one.
He finally made another bogey, but quickly came to the side to discuss his situation with waiting reporters.
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Woods said he would seek immediate treatment on his back, but swore he would return for Friday's round. I'll be there, "he said.
He follows first-round leader JB Holmes with 12 shots and is likely to go home early from Northern Ireland.
But Woods wasn't the only one player who struggled.
Home favorite Rory McIlroy piled a four-fold bogey eight with the first in an eight-ove r 79.
Shane Lowry from Ireland led the chasing peloton after a four-under -the seventy about the celebrated Dunluce course of Royal Portrush.
World number 1 Brooks Koepka was one of three-thirds players after the first round.