Tiger Woods score: Round 1 recap, highlights from U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods’ return to the U.S. Open was a little less successful than he might have hoped.

Tiger was tied for 103rd after finishing his day 8 over par. To be fair, only four players were under par by the time Tiger had finished, but blustery conditions on the already-difficult course made for a rough outing.

Tiger started the day with a triple bogey on Hole 1, followed by another bogey on Hole 2 before managing a birdie on Hole 7 and finishing the front nine only 3 over. That would be the last highlight he had in Round 1, as he suffered a bogey and two double bogeys in the back nine — a performance that demands a complete 180 if he wants to make the weekend cut.

Recapping Tiger’s first round at the U.S. Open:

Tiger Woods’ score: Round 1
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Hole (Par) Tiger’s score (Overall)  Place
1 (4) 7 (3-over) T-46
2 (4) 5 (4-over) T-60
3 (4) 4 (4-over) T-70
4 (4) 4 (4-over) T-75
5 (5) 4 (3-over) T-67
6 (4) 4 (3-over) T-58
7 (3) 3 (3-over) T-51
8 (4) 4 (3-over) T-48
9 (4) 4 (3-over) T-42
10 (4) 4 (3-over) T-40
11 (3) 4 (4-over) T-50
12 (4) 4 (4-over) T-45
13 (4) 6 (6-over) T-81
14 (4) 6 (8-over) T-112
15 (4) 4 (8-over) T-110
16 (5) 5 (8-over) T-106
17 (3) 3 (8-over) T-108
18 (4) 4 (8-over) T-103

HOLE 18: Par 4, 485 yards

First putt: PAR
Third shot:
A good chip shot lands him 2 feet from par.
Approach: Tiger’s short of the green but at least manages to clear the hill in front of the fairway. He’ll have a decent shot at par.
Tee shot: Tiger gets a good whack at it off the tee but it goes too far right and lands in the rough.

HOLE 17: Par 3, 175 yards

Second putt: PAR
First putt:
Tiger’s lag putt finishes about a foot from par.
Tee shot: Tiger lands on the green about 40 feet from the mark and avoids the right-side slope on his upcoming birdie putt attempt.

HOLE 16: Par 5, 616 yards

Second putt: PAR
First putt:
Tiger can only smile and shake his head. He misses the 10-foot par just right.
Third shot: Great shot out of the bunker lands TIger about 10 feet from birdie.
Approach: He’s in the right-side bunker, but that’s not the worst place to be on the par-5. An up-and-down gets hiim a birdie.
Tee shot: Tiger booms it straight down the middle. Great stuff, especially considering this is a par-5 hole.

HOLE 15: Par 4, 409 yards

First putt: PAR
Third shot:
Good chip shot gets Tiger within an inch of par. 
Second shot: He’s short of the green and will need an up-and-down for par.
Tee shot: Tiger’s left of the fairway but within working distance (122 yards) of the green.

HOLE 14: Par 4, 519 yards

Sixth shot: DOUBLE BOGEY
Fifth shot:
It lips out to the left. He’ll have a foot for double bogey.
Fourth shot: Tiger’s on the green now with about 8 feet for bogey. Really, really needs this one.
Third shot: Good news: Tiger’s on the fairway. Bad news: He’d have to hole out for par.
Second shot: From worse to terrible. He shanks it way left into the gallery. A bogey seems … highly plausible.
Tee shot: From bad to worse. Tiger doesn’t like the shot as soon as he made contact. It goes right, landing in the fescue on the steep grade.

HOLE 13: Par 4, 374 yards

Fourth putt: DOUBLE BOGEY
Third putt:
It lips out. Four-putt double bogey upcoming and that’s just a killer.
Second putt: That was right of the mark the whole time. It scoots
First putt: Another long putt that had no chance. He has a 5-foot par attempt coming up.
Approach: Tiger gets on the green, but it lands dead on the far side. He’ll have a long look at birdie, and will likely need to settle for par.
Tee shot: Tiger finds the fairway again, no problem. Onward.

HOLE 12: Par 4, 469 yards

Second putt: PAR
First putt:
Wow, Tiger’s 30-foot putt for birdie fell an inch short of the mark. That’s rough, but a great attempt regardless.
Approach: Tiger had a decent look at that but the ball is just short of the green, on the fringe, on the slope. Let’s see how he handles this.
Tee shot: A beautiful tee shot goes long and lands on the right side of the fairway. Could make that bogey back here just based off that shot.

HOLE 11: Par 3, 159 yards

Second putt: BOGEY
First putt:
That putt had no chance. Stopped a couple feet short of the mark and Tiger is back up to 4-over at least.
Second shot: He’s out of the bunker and onto the green but has a lengthy putt (18 feet) to salvage par. Don’t know if he’ll sink it from this distance.
Tee shot: Tiger’s shot lands in the greenside bunker where he’ll have to work to save par.

HOLE 10: Par 4, 415 yards

Fourth shot: After pausing to seek a ruling on whether the wind moved the ball (it’s still very windy) Tiger manages to get it to trickle in for par. Tricky. PAR
Third shot:
A fantastic chip shot up the steep grade lands about a foot from the pin. Incredible shot there that will save him par.
Second shot: Tiger didn’t like that from the outset. The ball is well short of the green to the left, and he’ll need an up-and-down to salvage par.
Tee shot: Not an ideal start on the always-tough Hole 10. His ball goes just right of the fairway, into the rough on a slope.

HOLE 9: Par 4, 485 yards

Second putt: And he makes it to finish 3-over par through the front nine. PAR
First putt:
A good effort on the long birdie attempt breaks just a bit too early and trickles a foot past the mark. He’ll have a decent look for par.
Approach: Tiger’s on the green but overshot the pin a bit with a heavy wind at his back. He’ll have a birdie attempt fromn 20-plus feet.
Tee shot: Another boomer lands on the fairway. 

HOLE 8: Par 4, 439 yards

Second putt: PAR
First putt:
Tiger misses it just left of the mark and will settle for the tap-in par.
Approach: Tiger uses the iron from 110 yards out and lands about 15 feet from pay dirt. 
Tee shot: Tiger booms it off the tee and gets it to roll a good distance as well along the fairway. He’s played well ever since that disastrous start.

HOLE 7: Par 3, 189 yards

FIrst putt: PAR
Tiger hits a bump and run that lands about a foot from the hole. He should walk it in for par.
Tee shot: Tiger’s tee lands on the green and trickles off to the fringe.

HOLE 6: Par 4, 491 yards

Second putt: PAR
First putt:
Tiger’s putt cuts just a bit too early, falling a half a foot left of the mark. He’ll walk it in for par.
Approach: Tiger uses the iron to land on the green about 18 feet from birdie. That’d be massive after his start today.
Tee shot: Another booming tee shot from Tiger.

HOLE 5: Par 5, 589 yards

First putt: And he sinks it, a much-needed birdie as he makes his way through the rest of the course. BIRDIE
Third shot:
A nice chip shot lands Tiger about 5 feet from birdie. Needs to make that on the easiest hole of the course.
Second shot: Tiger’s approach with the iron falls just short of the green from 259 yards out. He’ll have a shot at an up-and-down birdie here.
Tee shot: Tiger hits the fairway. He moves forward.

HOLE 4: Par 4, 475 yards

Fourth shot: PAR
Third shot:
Good approach to the pin, and Tiger has par from about a foot out. Making chicken salad with a couple bad breaks here on the fourth.
Approach: Tiger lands on the green but put too much on it. It traverses it in its entirety and rolls down the hill into the rough.
Tee shot: Tiger’s tee lands just inside the cut on the fairway but rolls down the slope into the right rough.

HOLE 3: Par 4, 500 yards

Second putt: He makes it, and that feels like a win after Holes 2 and 3. PAR
First putt:
Tiger’s on the green now within a couple feet of the hole. He should walk it in from here for par.
Approach: Tiger hits the left of the green, it rolls downhill just into the fringe — but still very much in birdie distance. Could be an opportunity to get one back.
Tee shot: Couldn’t ask for a better tee shoot. He booms it 300 yards and it catches a slope and rolls another 50 along the right side of the fairway. He’ll have a fantastic look at the green from here. 

HOLE 2: Par 3, 252 yards

Third putt: BOGEY
Second putt:
And he misses a sure make for par. Another bogey upcoming from tap-in distance.
First putt: Tiger gets a good putt, and the ball stops about a yard from pay dirt for par.
Tee shot: Tiger hits the green, but the ball catches the slope and it rolls off. Need an up-and-down, lest he starts the day 4-over.

HOLE 1: Par 4, 399 yards

Seventh shot: TRIPLE BOGEY
Sixth shot:
He misses it. Triple bogey upcoming.
Fifth shot: Tiger nearly does just that, but the ball rolls by an inch right of the mark. He’ll need to make a 6-footer for bogey.
Fourth shot: Tiger pulls out the putter but fails to hit the green — again. Not good.
Third shot: That’s a big error by Tiger. Gets it on the green but doesn’t give it enough — the ball rolls down the hill again and he’s looking at a bogey unless he can hole out.
Approach: Tiger gets a good look at the green but overshoots it. The ball trails down the hill and he’ll need an up-and-down for par here.
Tee shot: And Tiger starts off by hammering the ball down the center of the fairway with the iron. Off we go.

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