Woods cards season’s best

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Tiger Woods carded his lowest round of the season and his best opening round of a tournament in three years when he notched up a six-under-par 64 at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.

The former world number one is having the worst season of his professional career and has missed the cut in his last three majors, including at the PGA Championships last week, but bounced back from his disappointment at Whistling Straights with a sparkling round at Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club.

He carded seven birdies and a bogey in his round, which was the 14-time major winner's lowest round on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, and his lowest opening round since the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012.

Woods, playing in the Wyndham Championship for the first time, needs to win or finish in second place outright to stand a chance of qualifying for the first leg of the four-tournament playoffs.

"Very solid, nice to finally get something out of a round," a satisfied Woods said from the clubhouse after the round.

"I felt very good out there. 

"I hit a lot of good iron shots, made some putts. A round that probably could have been to two or four under and turned into six [under]. 

"I was telling [caddie Joey LaCava] today it was nice to finally get something out of it today instead of going the other way."

After teeing off from the long par-four 10th, the 39-year-old Woods made an impressive start to the day, chipping in for birdie from all of 54-feet.

His only bogey of the round was at the next hole, but after he rattled off three more quick birdies, he reached the turn at three-under.

On the back nine, three more birdies followed, all of which were secured by putts from within 11 feet.

The round left Woods two shots behind leaders William McGirt and Erik Compton, who both notched eight-under-par 62s early in the day.

One shot behind the leading pair are Jim Herman and Derek Ernst, while Martin Kaymer and Carl Pettersson are tied with Woods for fifth place.