Tiger Woods’ return to the US Open after a two-year absence due to injury on the 10th anniversary of his last major championship win has been much anti-climatic till now.
Woods shot an eight-over 78, including a triple bogey and two doubles, in the first round of the US Open at Shinnecock on Thursday, which leaves him in the position of fighting to make the cut on Friday. He finished up for the day in a tie for 101st with an 8-over par 78, nine shots off the lead after strong winds tormented him.
Woods, who missed all of the major championships in 2016 and 2017 because of back issues said in an interview, ‘I didn’t putt well today. I drove it pretty darn good for most of the day. Just never really took advantage of the opportunities. Making a triple and two doubles, not very good.’
He further added that the windy weather didn’t help his streak. “It’s tough out there. But I shouldn’t make two doubles and a triple. Four-putt. On No. 1, I hit it right through the wind and compounding my problem, I actually hit a really good flop shot. But the wind knocked it down. Then I hit two bad putts on 1 and 2. For most of the day, I just didn’t putt well.”
Now all eyes are on the upcoming match as Tiger tees off with Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, who shot 74, on Friday.
Besides if history is proof, Woods haven’t had much success at Shinnecock Hills. He played his very first U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills back in 1995 but was forced to withdraw due to a wrist injury. Nine years later, Woods posted scores of 72-69-73-76 at the par-70 track to finish in a tie for 17th.
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