Tiger Woods returns to Hoylake

Updated 1750 GMT (0150 HKT) July 17, 2014
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He's back -- Tiger Woods started his first major this year at the British Open after being out for most of the season with a back injury. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
Woods had a shaky start to his round, suffering successive bogeys on Royal Liverpool's first two holes. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
The American got his round back on track with a birdie at Hoylake's par-five fifth. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
Despite Woods' stuttering start there was huge interest in his round -- from media and fans alike. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
At the end of the front nine holes, the 14-time major champion was one over par with plenty of work to do. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
Ahead of the Open, golfing great Gary Player told CNN that: "Woods is definitely the most talented man who ever held a golf club in his hand." Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
And on the back nine, Woods quickly moved to one under after two birdies. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
The thousands following him cheered as he went on a run of five birdies in six holes. PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images
By the end of his round Woods was very much in the mix at the top echelons of the leaderboard after carding a 69, three under for the day. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images
He did admit that some of the attention had got to him, saying professional and amateur photographers alike had been a bit too eager to snap him while he was playing his shots. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images