Woods Shoots 4-Over in First Round


Tiger Woods had had enough. He splashed down in a greenside bunker on 18 Friday morning to finish Round 1. He blasted out, not particularly well, and threw down his sand wedge.
Woods took two putts to get down from there and bogeyed the hole. That bit of ineptness completed a round in which he slogged through to a 4-over-par 74. It was his worst performance in 12 rounds at the U.S. Open.
Woods got out of the gate poorly Thursday, one-putting for par at No. 1 and three-putting bogey at No. 3. His round really began to unravel at No. 9, when he stumbled to a double bogey to go 3-over-par.
Woods bogeyed the difficult 12th hole to go 4-over as he continued the first round Friday morning, but a deft approach shot at No. 15 got him back to 3-over. He parred 16 and 17 before the difficulties at 18 to finish at 4-over.
The poor first round mirrors his first four Opens, when he had three 74s and one 76 in the first rounds,. Two of those, however, came when he was an amateur, 1995 and 1996.
In Tigers last two U.S. Opens, 1999 and 2000, he shot a 68 and a 65, respectively, in the opening round. Last year, at Pebble Beach, he won the Open by 15 shots, shooting a 12-under-par 272.