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This post will be updated hole by hole as Tiger Woods plays his first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York. He is scheduled to tee off at 1:47 p.m. ET.
Hole 15, Par 4, 404 yards – Par
He made par! He made par! That’s the kind of day it’s been, and not just for Tiger, but quite a few at Shinnecock on Thursday. Par is a solid score. In fact, it would have him one shot off the lead. Instead, he’s nine back.
Hole 14: Par 4, 536 yards – Double Bogey
The wheels are starting to come off for Tiger. Drive in the knee-high rough, snap hook to the thick stuff on the other side, pitch out to the fairway and, well, another double bogey. He’d pulled his round together after starting triple bogey-bogey, but that’s all gone now. Hard to make up for back-to-back doubles when there are few birdies to be had and, oh yeah, he’s got a triple as well.
Hole 13: Par 4, 374 yards – Double Bogey
Four putts. And that pretty much tells you all you need to know. After drilling a tee shot straight down the fairway, Woods left his approach 40 feet short. It’s not what you’re used to seeing from the best players in the world, but here’s the thing: It wasn’t terrible. With wind howling at Shinnecock, a shot like this is actually serviceable. (In fact, all three players in the threesome — Woods, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas — came up short on their approaches.) The real problem came on the first putt. Whereas Johnson left himself a tap-in for par, Tiger left his first putt six feet short of the hole. He missed that one, then the come-backer and just like that a potential birdie opportunity turned into a double bogey.
Hole 12: Par 4, 462 yards – Par
In perfect position off the tee, Tiger left his approach short, robbing him of an elusive birdie opportunity. Or did it? From just off the front of the green, Tiger’s 30-footer for birdie nearly brought down the house, coming up one roll short. He settled for par … mercifully.
Hole 11: Par 3, 157 yards – Bogey
This one went wrong right from the start. “Nooo,” Tiger lamented as soon as his drive left the tee box. It landed in the trap, and it took him three for there for an unmemorable bogey. To this point, Tiger had mostly righted the ship after starting triple bogey-bogey.
Hole 10: Par 4, 418 yards – Par
What an amazing display of self-preservation here. After hitting the first cut on his drive, Woods nailed a blind approach shot up to the elevated green. It was arguably his best shot of the day so far and it came on a hole that played the toughest during the 2004 U.S. Open that was played here.
The hole didn’t end without a little bit of drama, though. Woods backed off his three-foot putt and called for a ruling when it appeared the wind had moved his ball. He was cleared by officials and sank the putt, but not before Dustin Johnson surely experienced a few flashbacks to the 2016 championship when he was penalized for the same thing.
Just in case Tiger’s ball moved, the USGA has assessed a one-stroke penalty to Dustin Johnson’s score at Oakmont.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 14, 2018
Hole 9: Par 4, 487 yards – Par
And he’s at the turn. Take away the disastrous first hole and Woods would be at even. He’s looked great off the tee and comfortable with his approach shots, but his putting has relatively lagged. The tournament isn’t going to be won or lost off these final nine holes of the day, but he’ll assuredly sleep better tonight if he’s able to score on one or two holes before calling it a day.
Hole 8, Par 4, 439 yards – Par
Tiger has been consistent in staving off bogeys the last two hours, but he’s going to regret missing a couple of scoring opportunities on this side. After a monster drive and great approach shot to eight feet, Tiger pushed his birdie attempt left. It was never close.
Hole 7: Par 3, 184 yards — Par
Another beautiful chip gave Tiger a tap-in for par. After the ugliness of the first hole, he’s found a nice groove on a very windy day.
Hole 6: Par 4, 452 yards — Par
Woods missed a good opportunity to pick up another stroke after missing a birdie putt, but that isn’t the big takeaway from this hole. Yes, that’s Tiger on his hands and knees looking for Dustin Johnson’s ball with about 20 other people. There but for the grace of God go Tiger.
Let’s check in and see how things are going in the group that consists of the world’s two top-ranked golfers and Tiger Woods. pic.twitter.com/IThVV3HRCB
— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) June 14, 2018
Hole 5: Par 5, 592 yards — Birdie
The wind is still stiff, but it didn’t bother Tiger any as he recorded his first birdie of the day with surgical precision. He’s playing well off the tee.
Hole 4: Par 4, 478 yards — Par
This one has to leave him with a good feeling, too. Woods first caught a lucky break when his tee shot stayed just outside a fairway bunker. Then after overshooting his fourth straight green, Woods nailed his pitch to set up a gimme par putt. It looks like Woods isn’t going to let his first two holes bother him.
Hole 3: Par 4, 510 yards – Par
That’s more like it. Woods hit driver 342 yards off the tee and while his approach shot trickled off the green again, he was able to get up and down for par. Pars might be birdies on a day like today.
It’s a two-putt par on the hardest hole of the course. Like I said, progress. (Someone hold me.)
— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) June 14, 2018
Hole 2: Par 3, 252 yards – Bogey
It’s early, but man does this look like it might be a long day. Woods’ tee shot on this long par 3 hit the green but trailed off and he was unable to get up and down for a par.
Hole 1: Par 4, 407 yards – Triple bogey
Woods hasn’t played in three of the last four U.S. Opens and his start on the 2018 edition may be making him wish he’d stayed on the sidelines. After an otherwise respectable iron off the tee, Woods’ first hole went completely haywire as the ferocious Shinnecock winds made him miss the green. His chip up to the green came back down the hill as did a follow-up attempt with his putter. By the time he was done, he’d two-putted for a seven, unlucky seven.
The course has been absolutely brutal to almost everyone on Thursday so it’s not a death knell, but Woods erased a lot of margin for error on just one hole.
This will come as little surprise, but Tiger Woods’ 7 at the first hole is the first time he’s ever opened a U.S. Open with a triple bogey. For the optimists: he did double bogey the first hole three times when he won the U.S. Open in 2008. https://t.co/4hIM5EEDOe
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) June 14, 2018
Woods has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts in 2018, but still hasn’t finished a tournament atop the leaderboard. What can we expect from him this weekend? Jay Busbee and Evan Doherty of Yahoo Sports share their thoughts.
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