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Tiger Woods Off To Slow Start At Congressional Country Club

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Tiger Woods speaking to press after his round.

The Quicken Loans National got underway this morning at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. For the tournament's host, Tiger Woods, it was a rough start, but he provided fans some glimmers of hope at the end of his round.

For Tiger Woods, the applause came this morning, but it took a while. This is the first tournament Woods is playing since undergoing back surgery in March. And he warned everyone that he would be rusty.

And for 12 holes, he wasn't kidding. Woods was at 6 over par and in dead last at the tournament his foundation hosts. But he rallied with three birdies at the end to finish 3 over par.

"I made so many little mistakes," Woods said. "So I played a lot better than score indicates, which is good."

And while golf was the main draw, there was plenty of smart phone checking and necks craning to see TV sets in the hospitality areas in the early afternoon during the U.S.-Germany World Cup match. Even golfers were rushing to see it.

Nick Watney sped through his post-round press conference to watch.

"Kind of a gut punch match on Sunday. So, I hope they get through," Watney said.

The U.S. did advance, though they lost today's match.

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