SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. [url=https://www.chinasjerseys.com/]China Jerseys[/url] . - By the time Tiger Woods made the turn in the opening round of a year that means so much for so many reasons, he had already stubbed one chip and bladed another. Things had gotten so bad that he twice took to using the putter from well off the green, lest he mess up his day even more.He hadnt given up, though, and neither had the fans, who swarmed loudly around the Phoenix Open in record numbers. As he walked the gauntlet between the nines, they pleaded with Woods to do something, anything, to make both his day and theirs a little better.You got this, Tiger! one yelled. Go get em on the back nine! another shouted out.Two brilliant shots that brought back memories of the Tiger of old helped Woods do just that Thursday. They also helped him avert the kind of disaster that might have been felt by the Woods camp long after the PGA Tour leaves the Arizona desert.The 2-over 73 wasnt exactly what Woods had in mind when he decided to begin his year with a trip to a tournament he hasnt played in 14 years. Not on an overcast day where there were low scores to be had on TPC Scottsdale.But it could have been worse, much worse. And for that Woods could be happy, despite a short game that looked more like it belonged to a tourist playing the course, not the greatest player of his era.If he needed something to convince himself he could still play after injuries and yet another swing change, he could hang his hat on playing the last six holes in 3-under par.Its not the first time I have gone through this, Woods said. It takes time. Its just a frustrating thing where I just need to get through competitive rounds. I need to get rounds under my belt and get a feel for it.Its also not the first time Woods has expressed similar thoughts. Anyone who has followed Woods in recent years has heard him say the same kind of things about trusting his swing, and working his way through the rust, but its now been a long seven years since he last won a major championship.And whether Woods will allow himself to believe it or not, his latest problems might be tougher to fix than a missing tooth.Driving the ball sideways is one thing, and Woods did hit it wayward a few times Thursday in only his second competitive tournament in six months. But resorting to hit chips with a 4-iron because you dont trust yourself with a wedge in hand is almost unheard of in the top echelon of professional golf.Im just having a hard time finding the bottom, Woods said. Because of my old pattern, I was so steep on it, that I have a new grind on my wedge and sometimes its hard to trust. This is a similar grind I used to use back in the early 2000s, but its a different grind. Some of my shots were into the green with tight pins, and either Ill flop it or bump it, one of the two. I chose to bump it.Got that? There will be a quiz at the Masters, where tentative chippers dont last long around tightly mown collection areas and undulating greens.If this was an unusual place for Woods to begin his season, it wasnt altogether unfamiliar. He was here under much different circumstances in 2001, where he was coming off three major championship wins in a row and getting ready to go for the Tiger Slam in the Masters.He opened with a 65 that year, but that wasnt the big story. It came in the second round when a remarkable streak of shooting par or better over 52 straight rounds came to an end when Woods struggled to a 73.Few believed what they saw that day, and Woods would go on to win the Masters for his fourth straight major. Hes now won 14 of them, the last coming at Torrey Pines in 2008.Contrast that to this year when the 73 marked the fifth consecutive round on the PGA Tour that Woods hasnt broken par. It was also the first time he opened a year with a score over par since turning pro nearly two decades ago.An iron shot to tap-in eagle on the par-5 13th might give him some hope of better times ahead. So will the drive to 20 feet on the par-4 17th hole.But on this day the only thing resembling the Tiger Woods of old were the huge galleries following him at all times, on a day when an estimated record crowd of 118,461 came out to watch his season debut.If nothing else, Tiger Woods still knows how to draw a crowd.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at email@example.com or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg [url=https://www.chinasjerseys.com/]China Jerseys 2020[/url] . 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Taurean Prince scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bears (12-3, 1-2 Big 12), and Rico Gathers added 17 points and a career-high 18 boards. The Horned Frogs (13-3, 0-3) lost for the third straight game after finishing non-conference play undefeated. They have now lost 21 games in a row in Big 12 play. Kyan Anderson tallied 16 points for TCU, its only player to reach double figures. The entire game was played in a 12-point window in which neither team led by more than five until the Bears hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds of OT. With shots not falling from the floor, the teams needed to get to the line, but they are each among the worst free throw-shooting teams in the country. Baylor made 31-of-46 shots from the charity stripe, and TCU made just 15-of-28 attempts. I thought TCU defensively was outstanding, said Baylor coach Scott Drew. The good thing is we found a way down late to come back and get a win in the Big 12. At the end of the day, its tough to win the game let alone a road game. TCU took its biggest lead with 4:46 to go in regulation on Amric Fields layup, but a Prince dunk and Lester Medford three-point play tied the ggame. [url=https://www.chinasjerseys.com/]China Jerseys 2022[/url]. With 1:21 to go, Karviar Shepherds jumper broke a 51-51 tie, but Kenny Cherys shot at the other end brought Baylor even. Baylor had possession of the ball with an approximate one-second difference between the shot and game clock, but TCU forced a shot clock violation with less than a second in regulation. Video replay showed 1.7 seconds remained for TCU to try and win in regulation. However, after Anderson received the inbounds pass, he stumbled and could not get a shot off. The Bears never trailed in overtime after Chery hit a pair of free throws on their first possession. The Frogs shot just 1-of-6 from the field in OT. We are a better team than we have shown, especially with free throws and turnovers. We just have to fix that, said Anderson. A back-and-forth first half ended in a 28-28 tie. After Baylor made three of its first four shots from the field, it made just two of its next 17. Kenrich Williams jumper with 4:37 to go in the first half put TCU up 21-19, but the Horned Frogs did not hit from the field again before the break. Game Notes TCU is 0-6 against Baylor since joining the Big 12 ... Baylor outrebounded TCU, 49-41 ... Bears other than Gathers and Prince combined to shoot 7-of-34 ... Anderson hit both of TCUs triples ... The Bears host Iowa State on Wednesday while Texas Tech waits until next Saturday to travel to Texas Tech. ' ' '