Tiger Woods at U.S. Open, Spherical 1

HOLE 3 (par 4, 404 yards): Woods retains driver in his bag, choosing a fairway wooden that ends with a membership twirl as he finds the center of the golf green, 260 yards away. His method from 152 yards is pin-high and rolls simply onto the perimeter, 30 ft away. An aggressive birdie try runs 9 ft previous the opening, however for the second consecutive gap, he saves par with a clutch putt. He’s holding regular at even par via three holes, however he’s feeling good about his flatstick inside 10 ft.

Fairway: Hit (2 of three) | Inexperienced: Hit (2 of three) | Putts: 2 (5) | Rating: Par (Even for spherical)

HOLE 2 (par 4, 516 yards): Simply earlier than Woods tee off with driver in hand, analyst Curtis Unusual says, “A lot is dependent upon this membership this week.” Alas, Tiger’s first driver swing isn’t a profitable one. His 297-yard tee shot lands within the grassy island nestled in the midst of the left-side fairway bunker. The second reduce of the tough there’s excessive, and Woods has no choice however to easily hack out onto the golf green. That leaves him 121 yards away along with his third shot. His wedge finishes pin-high. Confronted with a 15-footer, Woods drains the putt to avoid wasting par. A pleasant strategy to overcome a poor tee shot.

Fairway: Hit (1 of two) | Inexperienced: Missed (1 of two) | Scrambling: 1 of 1 | Putts: 1 (3) | Rating: Par (Even for spherical)

HOLE 1 (par 4, 380 yards): Woods, carrying black pants, a white polo and a gray sweater vest, is final to tee off in his group. Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose every discover the tough off the tee with irons. Woods, additionally utilizing an extended iron, delivers an ideal drive, adopted by a membership twirl. He doesn’t even watch the ball end within the left facet of the golf green, 257 yards away. That leaves him with an method from 157 yards. He finds the inexperienced, his ball ending up 24 ft, Four inches for his birdie try. He finds the correct line, however his ball hangs agonizingly on the lip, the ball emblem staring proper on the cup. He faucets in for par.

Fairway: Hit (1 of 1) | Inexperienced: Hit (1 of 1) | Putts: 2 | Rating: Par (Even for spherical)


TIGER’S GAMEPLAN: Though he’s not as dominant as he was in 2000, Tiger does know what it takes to win a U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside. “You have a look at all my angles,” Tiger mentioned when requested how he may apply his 2000 win to this week. “I didn’t hit each inexperienced. I didn’t hit each fairway, however I all the time had the right angle. And gave me the very best probability to get up-and-down. I poured all the pieces in. Hopefully I can have a kind of weeks on the greens once more.”

PEBBLE BEACH THEN AND NOW: Woods was requested to match the variations at Pebble Seaside this 12 months in comparison with 2000. “Proper now I must say that it is extra clumpy than it was in 2000,” he mentioned. “In 2000 it was fairly uniform all over. Proper now they have some spots the place you possibly can draw a superb lie. You will get a ball to the inexperienced with no downside. After which there’s spots the place it is only a wedge, hack it out within the fairway and attempt to get up-and-down from the center of the golf green. That is most likely the most important distinction between uniform and clumpy, between the 2 years.”

TIGER ON PEBBLE BEACH: Apart from his U.S. Open win, Tiger additionally has received the 2000 AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am in February. And in his first professional begin at Pebble Seaside, he shot 63-64 on the weekend to complete T-2; that ties his lowest weekend rating ever on TOUR (together with the 1999 Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines). Whereas his success on the historic course can’t fairly match one other California observe a bit of farther south – the aforementioned Torrey Pines in San Diego – Woods understands how particular it’s to play a significant right here. “There’s nothing like enjoying a U.S. Open setup right here within the Pebble Seaside,” he mentioned. “The golf course isn’t overly lengthy. It is not large in that regard, however man, it is tough. The greens are all slanted, very small targets. And in the event that they ever agency up, then we’ve a very totally different ballgame.”

PLAYING PARTNERS: Woods’ enjoying companions for the primary two rounds are Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. This would be the eighth totally different match that Spieth and Woods have been paired, together with final 12 months’s THE PLAYERS Championship. The one different main was the 2014 Open Championship. This would be the 12th totally different match that Rose and Woods have been paired, together with simply two weeks in the past for the primary two rounds of the Memorial Event offered by Nationwide. They’ve additionally been paired three totally different years of the Open.


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