Tiger Woods had signed for his opening-round 67 and had done his lengthy broadcast interview and his much quicker print-media interview when he showed just how relaxed he was after getting off to a solid start at the 141st British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Walking toward the driving range, past the short game area, Woods spotted Robert Allenby working in a bunker and went out of his way to pick a ball off the green and throw it playfully at his friend. Allenby looked up and smiled.
Thursday was that kind of day for Woods, who enjoyed near total command as he hit 13 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. The only blemishes: He missed left on 15 and took two slashes to extricate himself from the rough, took 30 putts, and after firing a four-under-par 30 on the front, shot 37 on the back.