They are the three highest-ranked players in the field at Congressional … and were absolutely abysmal playing the first nine holes.
All three bogeyed their first two holes – Nos. 10 and 11 – and all three made the turn 4 over par.
“Unfortunately we didn’t see a lot of each other on the front nine,” Woods said. “We were all kind of looking to break 80. It was a bit of a fight today for all of us but we all hung in there.”
Day, Woods and Spieth shot 73, 74 and 74, respectively, on the par-71 layout, but all three gained much-needed momentum on the final few holes.
Woods and Spieth both made three birdies in the last six holes and Day made two birdies and no bogeys on the final nine.
“Once we all started hitting a couple fairways, it got much better at the end,” Spieth said.
The group tees off at 1:12 p.m. ET on Friday for the second round.