SportsPulse: Tiger Woods’ last win at a major was 10 years ago, but USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio thinks Tiger can end that decade-long drought at the U.S. Open in Shinnecock Hills.
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If Tiger Woods wants to win his first major championship in 10 years this weekend at the U.S. Open, he’s going to need to bring his A-game.
With the leader at just 1-under par and the likes of Phil Mickelson (+7), Jordan Spieth (+8), Jason Day (+9) and Rory McIlroy (+10) seemingly already out of contention, carnage is the word of the day at Shinnecock Hills. Scott Piercy, who barely made the field as an alternate, took the early clubhouse lead by firing a 69 Thursday morning. Ian Poulter followed suit to tie the lead.
Tiger tees off at 1:47 p.m. ET alongside Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the top two players in the world. Follow along as we track Tiger’s round shot-by-shot while also providing breaking news updates for the tournament.
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we’re off! Tiger rips an iron right down the middle of the fairway. With the wind blowing 11 mph in his face, Tiger follows a great drive with an approach that goes over the green. Uh-oh. Tiger’s pitch landed on the edge of the green and rolled off. He pulled putter for his fourth shot and failed to reach the green once again. His fifth skates right past the cup, leaving a lengthy look at double-bogey to start the round. That putt misses right, leaving a tap-in triple-bogey on No. 1.
Thursday’s early action
The good, bad and ugly from Thursday morning:
This super group had a lot of buzz entering the weekend, but fell flat through the first nine.
The U.S. Open has a history of tough conditions, and Mickelson found the thick stuff early on.
Who knows what could have been with Jason Day’s round had this putt fallen early in his round.
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