(CNN)The rain dripped from the peak of his cap as another vicious squall hit Royal Portrush.
From beneath the brim, Tiger Woods pursed his lips and swung through the deluge.
The white ball soared into the gun-metal sky, like a tracer round towards the left side of the seventh fairway stretching out below.
Woods had just bogeyed the fifth and double bogeyed the short sixth, and his countenance was as foreboding as the clouds out to sea.
But it was a day for weathering storms, both from the sky and from within.
The 43-year-old had earlier set social media ablaze after appearing to grimace following his opening tee 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 "sore."
"I'm just not moving well," he told reporters with a resigned expression. "It's just the way it is. It's just father time and some procedures I've had over time. It's just the way it's going to be."
'Hard time moving'
Woods was able to join in a search for playing partner Patrick Reed's drive into the wilderness on the seventh, but returning to his own shot from the left fringe, just yards from the straining crowd, he caught it heavy.
Disgusted, he tossed his club at the feet of caddie Joe LaCava and strode into the middle of the fairway to be alone.
Up ahead, further off line, Woods sw