Seven-time Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods stood 3-over par through his first eight holes Friday at Firestone Country Club.
Woods' score of 4-over 74 in the first round was his highest in 45 rounds on Firestone's South Course.
Teeing off at No. 10, Woods recorded his first birdie of the day at the par-4 15th, where he sank a 9-footer, dropping him to 1-under for the round.
But Woods was erratic on the next hole, the par-5 ''Monster'' 16th. His tee shot found the right rough, his second shot landed in the left rough, and his approach found the right rough. He managed to chip to 2-feet for par.
At 11:20 a.m., Australian Adam Scott (1-under for the day) and South African Retief Goosen (2-under for the day) trailed first-round leader Bubba Watson by one stroke. A group at 4-under included Stow resident Ben Curtis (3-under on Friday), Australian Jason Day (3-under for the round), Justin Leonard, Bo Van Pelt, Lucas Glover (4-under for the morning), Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sweden's Peter Hanson (3-under), Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry. The latter two had yet to tee off.
Mickelson goes off No. 1 at 1:50 p.m. with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.