Tiger Woods didn’t have his best stuff Thursday at the U.S. Open.
It was a 18-hole grind, one Woods was the option to manage admirably while checking a 1-under 70 in the opening round at Pebble Beach.
That leaves Woods five shots off pioneer and playing partner Justin Rose. He’s still especially fit as a fiddle at T-28 on the leaderboard when he strolled off the eighteenth green, doing what he’s constantly figured out how to do over the years – post a number without his A game.
Presently he’s immovably in the hunt entering Friday’s 11:24 a.m. ET tee time with Jordan Spieth and Rose.
Woods kept Thursday’s round intact with his putter, most quite with a 30-foot make at the standard 5 fourteenth to win standard. That earned a major fist pump from Woods on a day when he was visibly frustrated with his iron play.
Woods was generally precise off the tee and place himself in great spots, however regardless he wound up scrambling around the greens to spare par following sub-par approach shots.
After a birdie at No. 4 to get to 1 under, Woods gave two back with a monstrous twofold intruder at the standard 3 fifth. His tee shot was a goner from the begin, a deceive that cruised way left and voyaged significantly further past the green in the wake of hitting a cart path.
He chipped back over the green from that point and couldn’t get here and there, carding a double-bogey 5.
Woods bounced back with successive birdies at the standard 5 6th hole and the standard 3 seventh hole, where he dropped a 22-footer for birdie to get back under standard on the round.
He finished the round with 10 back to back standards, including at the standard 5 eighteenth hole where he squashed his tee shot yet cost himself a birdie chance in the wake of hitting his second into a predicament in a greenside fortification.
In the end he survived a classic U.S. Open grind, and he has to feel good about his chances to make a move Friday and position himself for a shot at major No. 16 come Sunday.