Tiger Woods 'sore' and 'scraping it around' at the Open

    Tiger Woods was hampered by his ailing back on day one of the Open at Royal Portrush.

    (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."
          Tiger Woods' round began to go downhill at the fifth.
          Tiger Woods drives off the seventh tee in a deluge.

          '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 swung at his third but barely got it airborne as it scuffed forward over a dune in front.
          Remarkably, Woods made a mess of his next shot, too. He went to smash his club on the ground but thought better of it.
          Woods amassed a bogey six at the hole -- the same hole that cost his former nemesis David Duval a 14 -- to slide to four over.
          He later admitted he was "scraping" it around.
          "My warm up wasn't very good, I was having a hard time moving, just trying to piece together a swing that will get me around the golf course," he told reporters.