Tiger Woods grinds it out to stay within the hunt at US Open

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Nineteen years in the past, Tiger Woods made golf look straightforward when the U.S. Open was performed at Pebble Seashore. On Thursday, it was a grind as Woods wanted a number of clutch par putts simply to remain inside putting distance after the opening spherical of the 119th U.S. Open.

After enjoying the entrance 9 in 1-under, together with a double-bogey on the par-Three fifth, Woods performed the again 9 in even-par, draining putts from so far as 30 ft to maintain his scorecard in pink numbers. He’ll begin the second spherical 5 pictures behind Justin Rose, who fired a 6-under 65 on Thursday.

“It was typical Pebble Seashore the place the primary seven holes you will get it going after which after that you simply’re type of preventing and type of hanging on,” Woods stated. “I proved that in the present day. I had it going early and needed to battle off via the center a part of the spherical and hung in there with pars. I’m very happy to shoot below par in the present day.”

Woods, who received his 15th main on the Masters, however missed the lower within the PGA Championship at Bethpage, made a 5-footer for birdie on the par-Four fourth gap, however took a double when his tee-shot on the par-Three fifth went means left and bounced off a cart path. He responded with birdies on the par-5 sixth and the par-Three seventh, the place he made a 23-footer.

He made a 30-footer to save lots of par on the par-5 14th, and scrambled out of the bunker to make a 7-footer for par on the 17th. He closed together with his 10th straight par on the 18th after his second shot landed within the bunker left of the inexperienced.

“I didn’t hit my irons as crisp as I’d like,” Woods stated. “I attempted to overlook the ball within the right spots and a few occasions the place I had wedges in my hand I used to be simply dumping it into the middle of the inexperienced and transferring on.”

Woods seems a lot better bodily and mentally than he did at Bethpage, the place he appeared drained and rusty. He’ll need to play higher than he did Thursday to maintain up with a discipline that appears able to put up extra low numbers in Friday’s second spherical.

“As I stated, I performed the primary seven holes, aside from that dangerous tee shot on 5, and I did what I used to be purported to do via these first seven holes,” Woods stated. “And after that I used to be simply hanging round and hoping that I may make a birdie right here and there. The one mistake I made was most likely at 14 making an attempt to hold that ball again there to the flag, and I clipped it and dumped my ball within the middle of the inexperienced and tried to make my bogey, however occurred to make a putt.”