Tiger's scorecard included five bogeys, three double bogeys, and four birdies. Last week, Woods finished tied for 37th at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, his first golf action in three months after recovering from a injuries to his leg.
Stricker began the back nine with three consecutive birdies, and added four more during the course of his first round. The Wisconsin native has already won twice on the PGA Tour this year, capturing both the Memorial Tournament and John Deere Classic.
Fellow Wisconsinite Jerry Kelly shot a five under 65 Thursday, good for second place so far.