Follow Tiger Woods' first round at the U.S. Open hole by hole

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/pga/players/147/" data-ylk="slk:Tiger Woods">Tiger Woods</a>’ name was not among those on the leaderboard of the U.S. Open. (AP)
Tiger Woods’ name was not among those on the leaderboard of the U.S. Open. (AP)

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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. 

Tiger Woods overall score:  +8 through 17

Hole 17, Par 3, 185 yards – Par

Routine par, which if you are even par on the day would be awesome, but when you’re 8-over, not so much.

Hole 16, Par 5, 620 yards – Par

Ten feet for birdie and … nada. He didn’t waive the white flag after this one, but the smile on his face said enough. The ultra-focus he walked off the No. 1 tee with is long gone, replaced by resignation that his tournament may already be over.

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.


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.



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.


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.


Pre-round coverage

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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