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Tiger Woods sits at one beneath par on the finish of the primary around on the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore.
Golfweek, USA TODAY NETWORK

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods didn’t have his highest stuff Thursday on the U.S. Open.

It was once an 18-hole grind, one Woods was once in a position to regulate admirably whilst carding a 1-under 70 within the opening around at Pebble Seashore.

That leaves Woods 5 photographs off chief and enjoying spouse Justin Rose. He’s nonetheless very a lot in just right form at T-28 at the leaderboard when he walked off the 18th inexperienced, doing what he’s all the time discovered methods to do through the years – submit a bunch with out his A sport.

Now he’s firmly within the hunt getting into Friday’s 11:24 a.m. ET tee time with Jordan Spieth and Rose.

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Tiger Woods strides to the 5th inexperienced after hitting out of the gallery all over the primary around. (Photograph: Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Woods stored Thursday’s around intact together with his putter, maximum significantly with a 30-foot make on the par-Five 14th to earn par. That earned a large fist pump from Woods on an afternoon when he was once visibly annoyed together with his iron play.

Woods was once most commonly correct off the tee and put himself in just right spots, however he nonetheless discovered himself scrambling across the vegetables to avoid wasting par following sub-par way photographs.

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After a birdie at No. four to get to one beneath, Woods gave two again with an unsightly double bogey on the par-Three 5th. His tee shot was once a goner from the beginning, a double go that sailed means left and traveled even additional past the golf green after hitting a cart trail.

He chipped again over the golf green from there and couldn’t rise up and down, carding a double-bogey Five.

Woods bounced again with consecutive birdies on the par-Five 6th gap and the par-Three 7th gap, the place he dropped a 22-footer for birdie to get again beneath par at the around.

He completed the around with 10 consecutive pars, together with on the par-Five 18th gap the place he overwhelmed his tee shot however value himself a birdie likelihood after hitting his 2d into a tricky spot in a greenside bunker.

After all he survived a vintage U.S. Open grind, and he has to be ok with his possibilities to make a transfer Friday and place himself for a shot at main No. 16 come Sunday.

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