Garcia was two shots clear of Ireland's Paul McGinley, a Ryder Cup stalwart who has never done much individually but shot 67. McIlroy was among the group another shot back, joined by U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera and the guy who won the American title two years ago, Michael Campbell.
He briefly surged to the top of the leaderboard by holing out a short wedge for eagle at No. 11. That was followed by a stretch that epitomized his up-and-down life: double-bogey, par, triple-bogey, bogey, bogey, par, bogey. He settled for a 74 and hustled by reporters without talking.
Campbell sank three long birdie putts, then hit a wonderful approach to 3 feet at the tough 17th hole for his final birdie. He's eager to show that his 2005 win at Pinehurst when he held off Woods on the final day wasn't a fluke.
"Setting the goal of winning a major was probably a mistake," said Campbell, wearing a hot pink shirt. "I should have said 'majors."'
Going out in the morning, Woods looked as though he was on his way to pop a casserole in the oven. Like several of his competitors, he wore oversized gloves to keep his hands warm between shots in damp, dreary conditions.
Of course, after the searing heat of Royal St. George's in 2003 and the sun-baked fairways of Royal Liverpool last year, this seemed more like a British Open, a Scottish summer in all its glory.