SportsPulse: Tiger Woods’ final win at a big was once 10 years in the past, however USA TODAY Sports activities’ Steve DiMeglio thinks Tiger can finish that decade-long drought on the U.S. Open in Shinnecock Hills.
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If Tiger Woods needs to win his first primary championship in 10 years this weekend on the U.S. Open, he will wish to convey his A-game.
With the likes of Phil Mickelson (+7), Jordan Spieth (+Eight), Jason Day (+nine) and Rory McIlroy (+10) reputedly already out of rivalry, carnage is the phrase of the day at Shinnecock Hills.
Tiger tees off at 1:47 p.m. ET along Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the highest two avid gamers on this planet. Apply alongside as we monitor Tiger’s spherical shot-by-shot whilst additionally offering breaking information updates for the event.
Hollow 15 – Par Four
After an implausible front-nine off the tee, the back-nine has been terrible for Tiger. His Three-wood is going left and unearths the tough between the 1st reduce and fescue. It is a difficult out, and his means lands within the fairway simply in need of the golf green. Tiger desperately must get up-and-down right here to forestall the bleeding.
Hollow 14 – Par Four
RUH-ROH (Scooby Doo voice). Tiger’s Three-wood off the tee is going correct. In reality correct. It is on a hill within the fescue, and it would possibly not be simple to get out. FORE! Tiger’s 2nd shot is going left and unearths the gallery, as soon as once more, within the tough. He punches this one out into the golf green. His means unearths the golf green, and he is were given a 10-foot putt to save lots of bogey. Every other bogey pass over, every other double for Tiger, who drops to Eight-over par.
Hollow 13 – Par Four
Iron of the tee for Tiger and, as soon as once more, nails the golf green. His means safely unearths the golf green, however it is not anything fancy. Tiger had 40 ft and a slope to head over, and the velocity simply wasn’t correct. He left it 6 ft quick and simply by no means gave his par putt a possibility. His bogey putt was once simply as dangerous and misses once more, leaving a 2-footer for double-bogey. Oof. 6-over via 13.
Hollow 12 – Par Four
Every other Three-wood for Tiger off the tee, every other fairway hit. His means was once at the correct line however comes up in need of the golf green. This putt from the perimeter stops only some inches left of the cup, leaving for a tap-in par. That pass over is gonna harm when Tiger appears at his scorecard later. Four-over via 12.
Hollow 11 – Par Three
This hollow has been giving avid gamers suits all day lengthy. 157-yards and uphill into the wind is not any simple activity, and Tiger’s shot is going right into a correct green-side bunker. Tiger’s out is not nice, bobbing up about 20-or-so ft quick. Simply an terrible effort right here, leaving it quick and not giving it a possibility. Bogey. Four-over via 11.
Leaderboard replace: International No. 1 sitting at No. 1.
Hollow 10 – Par Four
Tiger’s iron off the tee takes a jump into the tough, and his means comes up quick and runs down a slope in entrance of the golf green. His blind pitch up the hill is on the subject of absolute best, leaving a putt for par. Three-over via 10.
Ideas on the flip
Tiger’s first two holes: terrible. Tiger’s subsequent 7: championship worthy. After an abysmal effort chipping across the inexperienced on No. 1, Tiger adopted a triple-bogey, bogey get started with seven holes at one-under par to near out the front-nine. Tiger hit 6-7 fairways, along with his best lacking discovering the quick tough simply off the golf green on No. Four. He is hitting his driving force with self belief and maneuvering across the vegetables (No. 1 apart) conveniently. With the chief at simply 2-under, Tiger is in just right form following a catastrophic get started.
Hollow nine – Par Four
Tiger is going with the secure play right here, smoking a Three-wood and catching a bit love from a slope within the fairway to move DJ’s tee shot. You’ll’t pass over quick right here, and Tiger is going lengthy, about 38 ft from the cup. The wind is in reality beginning to pick out up right here on No. nine, essentially the most uncovered inexperienced at the path. Speeds as much as 20 mph may just in reality have an effect on putts. He does neatly with the putt, taking part in an enormous ruin (at the side of the wind) and settles up shut for par. That is a Three-over 38 at the front-nine.
Tiger’s team on the flip: Justin Thomas, 1-over 36; Dustin Johnson, 2-under 33.
Hollow Eight – Par Four
Tiger’s swinging a sizzling stick lately: that is every other fairway with the motive force off the tee right here on No. Eight. Helpful means shot right here, checking up about 8 ft from the cup. This was once a perfect birdie glance however Tiger misinterpret/mishit this one. Par. Three-over via Eight.
Oh, and here is DJ doing No. 1 participant on this planet issues:
Hollow 7 – Par Three
Tiger’s tee shot lands lengthy at the inexperienced and trickles off to the perimeter. Not anything a lot more to look right here: Tiger’s bump-and-run chip nestles up as regards to the cup for a very easy par. Three-over via 7.
Hollow 6 – Par Four
Every other nice force right here from Tiger. That is his fourth fairway off the tee at the day, his 3rd with a driving force. From 169-yards out Tiger sticks this one in need of the outlet, leaving a birdie putt from simply over 18 ft. This one strikes right-to-left, and Tiger had the proper concept however misses. Faucet-in par. Three-over via 6.
Leaderboard replace: After a double-bogey from Russel Henley on No. 10 and a bogey from DJ at No. 6, the highest of the leaderboard includes a nine-way tie at 1-under: Russel Henley, Brian Homosexual, DJ, Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter, Peter Uihlein, Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari and Brian Stuard.
Hollow five – Par five
Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. Tiger smokes this force completely right into a left-to-right wind and unearths the middle of the golf green. He is hitting his driving force neatly lately, in the meantime Justin Thomas for the second one time is going dead-left, to this point left the shot tracker could not stay up. Tiger’s 2nd shot comes up simply in need of the golf green, leaving numerous inexperienced to paintings with to get up-and-down for birdie. His pitch tests as much as about Four ft and he buries the putt for birdie. Three-over via five.
Leaderboard replace: Dustin Johnson playing cards back-to-back birdies to get to 2-under par, however Russell Henley’s eagle-par-birdie-birdie collection has him in first position at Three-under par.
Hollow Four – Par Four
Tiger pulls driving force once more on No. Four and catches the first-cut tough at the correct facet of the golf green. His means, now for the fourth time, lands at the inexperienced however does not take a look at up and rolls off to the perimeter as soon as once more. His chip is set as just right as you’ll get with out getting in, leaving a tap-in par. Four-over via Four.
Hollow Three – Par Four
This team is stuffed with giant hitters, and after Justin Thomas discovered the tall tough to the left, Dustin Johnson’s force CARRIED 307 yards, and Tiger’s is even higher: wearing *simply* 297 yards however it ran down the right-side of the golf green forward of DJ. From 177 out his iron lands at the inexperienced once more, however for the 3rd consecutive hollow, it rolls off, this time at the fringe. The putt by no means had a possibility and rolls up quick, however Tiger is in a position to convert for par. Four-over via Three.
Hollow 2 – Par Three
Simply your moderate 252-yard par Three right here on No. 2. Tiger is going with a 2-iron and lands on it at the inexperienced, however it is difficult to forestall a ball on a dime from that distance. The ball rolled simply off the golf green, leaving Tiger with every other tough putt from the perimeter that he manages to get inside of a couple of ft. Sheesh. He pushes the par putt and taps-in for bogey, lacking a perfect likelihood to rebound off a coarse get started. Four-over via 2.
Hollow 1 – Par Four
And we are off! Tiger rips an iron correct down the center of the golf green. With the wind blowing 11 mph in his face, Tiger follows a perfect force with an means that lands on, however is going over the golf green. Uh-oh. Tiger’s pitch landed at the fringe of the golf green and rolled off. He pulled putter for his fourth shot and failed to succeed in the golf green as soon as once more. His 5th skates correct previous the cup, leaving a long take a look at double-bogey to start out the spherical. That putt misses correct, leaving a tap-in triple-bogey on No. 1. Three-over via 1.
Thursday’s early motion
The great, dangerous and unsightly from Thursday morning:
This tremendous team had numerous buzz getting into the weekend, however fell flat in the course of the first 9.
The U.S. Open has a historical past of difficult stipulations, and Mickelson discovered the thick stuff early on.
Who is aware of what will have been with Jason Day’s spherical had this putt fallen early in his spherical.
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