Tiger Woods score: Putter problems resolved, everything else shaky in 3 over start at U.S. Open 2020

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After two straight months of questions on Tiger Woods’ putter, he answered them with an opening-round 73 on the 2020 U.S. Open on Thursday. The issues got here all over the place else for Woods.

Woods almost led the morning wave of gamers in strokes gained placing, burying a number of lengthy ones that resulted in 5 birdies on the day. This was not anticipated coming into the week. Woods has tinkered along with his putter size and grip during the last handful of tournaments, which didn’t encourage a ton of confidence on Winged Foot’s lolling, tough greens. And but, the trusty Scotty Cameron was the one factor that stood between him and taking pictures 77 to start out the sixth-ever U.S. Open at this course.

A placing efficiency just like the one he placed on show on Thursday ought to have led to a spherical that bought him in competition after 18 holes. For some time, it did, as Woods bought to purple figures after making three straight birdies on holes Sep 11 and almost one on the twelfth, too. However hitting simply six fairways and 9 greens in regulation caught as much as him coming residence. He made bogey at three of his final six and a double on the final (after chunking a chip) to fall eight again of a lead held by taking part in accomplice Justin Thomas.

“I didn’t end off the spherical like I wanted to,” mentioned Woods. “I made a bunch of putts within the center a part of the spherical. It appeared like most of my drives on the entrance 9 landed within the fairway and ended up in dangerous spots, and I attempted to remain as affected person as potential, and sadly simply didn’t end off my spherical the best way I wanted to.”

It was not an inspiring begin. If the tee-to-green recreation was clicking, you would not less than discuss your self into him discovering a sizzling putter over the ultimate three days. However the development of his first spherical on Thursday has the makings of even worse scores later this week. What if he hits it like he did on Thursday however does not make the 15- and 20-footers he hit in Spherical 1 that assist him piece collectively a rating?

U.S. Opens haven’t handled Tiger kindly during the last decade. Since ending T4 in 2010 at Pebble Seaside, Woods doesn’t have a single top-10 end. He has as many missed cuts (three) as he has made cuts since. He has performed only one weekend (additionally at Pebble Seaside, final yr) since 2014.

Woods will go into Friday’s second spherical needing one thing a lot better than what he had on Thursday if he desires to play the weekend for the second straight yr at this occasion. Sadly for him, he in all probability performed himself out of true competition on Thursday (until we get an all-time closing 54-hole efficiency).

Apparently, it didn’t occur the best way we thought it would. After struggling for 4 occasions to attain due to a putter that stored letting him down, it turned out to be the one factor that stored him from a very disastrous displaying in Spherical 1 at Winged Foot.

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