Tiger Woods starts Dell Technologies Championship with head-cover gaffe

Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods might be the most recognizable athlete in the world right now, but he can appreciate the humor in a good mix up every once and a while.

While on the 10th tee Friday morning during the first round of the Dell Technologies Championship, his first hole of the day, Woods awkwardly realized he had the wrong club in his hands as he went to tee off.

Woods and caddie Joe LaCava briefly laughed about the situation, and after his round, Woods explained that LaCava had accidentally switched the head-covers on his fairway woods.

“I thought it was a 3-wood out,” Woods said, via golfchannel.com. “But I had a 5-wood out, which I put down there (behind the ball), and I’m like, ‘I can’t hit it that far in the wind, I need a 3-wood.’ So I went back to 3-wood, and that’s why it looked like I switched, because I realized I had the wrong club in my hand.”

Despite bogeying three of his first seven holes, Woods rebounded to shoot a 1-over 72. He was just five shots off the lead when he ended his day, as TPC Boston proved a tough test for the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings.

LaCava is regarded as one of the elite caddies on the PGA Tour, so Woods likely won’t come down too hard him. But Woods might be a little more careful about how his head-covers are marked from now on.