THERE WAS buzz, like a U.S. Open hadn’t experienced in 3 years, because there was Tiger Woods, again on the tournament he’d claimed thrice.
more than 20 minutes ahead of Woods stepped into the first tee box, fanatics stood six and seven deep, jockeying for the most productive glimpse of the most efficient golfer of his era.
Via the time Woods walked off the first green, the groans from the gallery had begun.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion had once more reverted into any person who had long gone a decade seeing that profitable a major.
After starting with a triple-bogey on the U.S. Open for the primary time in his profession, Woods registered three double-bogeys or worse in a spherical for just the sixth time in his career, and placed himself in critical danger of missing the cut after posting an 8-over 78 Thursday at Shinnecock Hills.
Following the second time Woods had ever had 3 double-bogeys or worse in an immense spherical (2011 PGA Championship), the oft-injured, FORTY TWO-yr-vintage will need a strong 2nd spherical to succeed in the weekend of the U.S. Open for the first time seeing that 2013.
“It was once tricky in the market but you shouldn’t make two doubles and a triple,” Woods said. “for many of the day, I just didn’t putt smartly.”
Playing alongside co-chief Dustin Johnson, Woods opened with an iron shot onto the primary fairway. Subsequent he discovered the tough beyond the golf green. Then, he took a visit down the slope of the golf green. By Way Of his fifth shot of the par FOUR, he reached the golf green. A overlooked putt of lower than 7 feet left him with a disastrous triple-bogey 7.
“I just didn’t get off to an excellent start,” Woods said. “All I needed to do was just attempt to shoot even par for the following SIXTEEN holes, and that i’d be just high quality. the guys weren’t going anyplace lately.”
Woods followed the primary by bogeying the par-THREE 2nd, however then found a rhythm, recording a par on seven of the next 8 holes, while scoring a birdie on the fifth hollow.
Again at THREE-over, Woods had stored himself in early rivalry, approaching the 11th tee. But over the next four holes, he may supply away another 5 strokes — together with back-to-back double-bogeys on the 13th, and 14th — and his chance at a memorable week.
Woods time and again discovered himself in shin-deep fescue, hacking his way back onto the fairway. His latest hanging problems turned into even worse.
Coming Into ranked 89th at the PGA Excursion in strokes-gained placing (.108), Woods missed multiple gimmees he would have sunk with one hand a decade ago, and seemed completely misplaced, while four-placing the 13th for a double-bogey. In the primary round, he finished ranked 142nd — in a 156-participant box — in strokes-gained placing (-2.658)
“It’s irritating because I’m hitting it well,” Woods mentioned. “Shoot something within the 60s Friday and i’ll be superb.”