As birdies flowed on the first day of The Open, Tiger Woods found himself way off the pace at St Andrews.

A winner over the Old Course in 2000 and 2005, Woods had expressed optimism ahead of the year's third major - buoyed by an encouraging showing at the Greenbrier Classic.

However, the former world number one got off to a woeful start in benign conditions and ended his round some 11 shots adrift of leader Dustin Johnson at four over.

Woods set the tone for a dismal showing by finding the burn in front of the first green with his second shot.

That led to a bogey and he dropped another shot at two after coming up well short with his approach.

Further bogeys at five and seven left Woods four over, as the 14-time major winner continued to struggle on a course offering plenty of birdie opportunities.

His outward nine of 40 represented the worst effort of the day at that stage and it was not until the 14th that he finally picked up his first shot of the day.

By the time Woods holed out for par on the 18th, only two players were below him on the leaderboard " leaving him in a tie for 128th place with 65-year-old American veteran Tom Watson.