Another sluggish start for Tiger Woods

By DOUG FERGUSON | October 6, 2011 | 8:15 PM EDT

Tiger Woods tees off on the par-3 third hole at the first round of the Frys.Com Open PGA golf tournament on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in San Martin, Calif. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods returned from a seven-week break and not much has changed.

Woods went 13 holes between his two birdies Thursday in the Open and had to work hard for a 2-over 73. That left him in danger of missing the cut in consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

Woods had not played since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August. He said the time off at least gave him time to practice and figure out his swing changes, and he was playing 36 holes a day at home in Florida.

On a cool, rainy day at CordeValle, it was a different story.

He was outplayed in his group by UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay, who had a 69.

Texas Open winner Brendan Steele was among three players tied for lead at 4-under 67.