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Tiger Woods rallies to avoid big score at Memorial; Spieth in the hunt

  • Tiger Woods hits on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament  Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Tiger Woods hits on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods reacts after hitting a shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Tiger Woods reacts after hitting a shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth hits out of the bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Jordan Spieth hits out of the bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods stuck with a swing that wasn't working and settled into a long week at the Memorial.

And maybe a long year.

Woods had to scramble on the front nine to salvage a 1-over 73 in the opening round Thursday. It was respectable, but still nowhere near the four-way tie for the lead among the early starters.

Harris English, Ryan Moore, Ken Duke and Brendon Todd each shot 67. One shot behind was Jordan Spieth, who made one big mistake that turned birdie into bogey late in his round.

Woods hit a tee shot out of bounds on the 18th for a double bogey and a 40 on his opening nine. He made three birdies on the front nine, even though he hit only two fairways.